In this submission to the Australian Government Parliamentary Inquiry into Intelligent Transport Systems, the ATA says Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) should be used to boost safety and productivity across the nation. It can improve the way the Australian freight task is moved, with productivity enhancing technology in heavy vehicles and modernizing the way heavy vehicles interact with the roads, light vehicles and other freight transport modes.
The National Transport Commission (NTC) should work on simplifying the heavy vehicle national law to improve safety and compliance, the ATA has said in its latest submission.
The submission is in response to the NTC’s Heavy Vehicle Compliance Review consulation draft.
In this submission to the Department of Environment, the ATA has recommended that the Emissions Reduction Fund should not preferentially fund projects by industry sector or geographic location.
Businesses should be required to demonstrate actual GHG emission reductions before fund payments are made, and projects that fall short of their abatement obligations should be able to make good by purchasing Australian Carbon Credit Units.
The Australian Tax Office has released a draft law administration practice statement setting safe harbour percentages for apportioning fuel use between on-road propulsion (where the road user charge applies) and auxiliary equipment (where it doesn’t).
The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) strongly supports heavy vehicle operators who believe telematics services are good for their business and add to their viability. However, we note from the outset that such technology is not necessary to run a safe, compliant and viable transport company. Compliance assurance, including route compliance assurance, can take many forms.
In this submission to the NTC, the ATA has recommended that CoR law should fully enable investigations and enforcement to be targeted directly upon influencial parties. It also recommends that it should not be necessary for drivers and operators to be charged (and found guilty) before others in the chain of responsibility are charged.
The National Transport Commission (NTC) should work towards a nationally consistent application of the law in its review of the Australian Road Rules and Australian Vehicle Standards Rules, the ATA has said in its latest submission.
The submission says that moving to an applied law approach for the Australian Road Rules would improve uniformity, and produce better road safety outcomes for Australia.
The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education has released draft legislation to start emissions trading on 1 July 2014, rather than 1 July 2015.
The draft bills make amendments to the Clean Energy Act 2011, the Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Act 2011, the Fuel Tax Act 2006, and the Excise Tariff Act 1921. The changes are predominantly technical in nature.
This submission to the Heavy Vehicle Charging and Investment reform (HVCI) recommends that it should implement the short-term recommendations from the independent “A future strategy for road supply and charging in Australia” PricewaterhouseCoopers report.
The ATA has strongly supported the continuation of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 in this submission to the Department of Infrastructure and Transport.