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05 February 2013

The ATA has called for the NTC to prioritise safety benefits over enforcement opportunities in this submission on Co-operative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS).

C-ITS refers to systems that enable communication between vehicles and infrastructure to improve road safety, traffic management or driver decision-making.

12 December 2012

The existing ADR 80/03 emissions standard should be maintained and the proposed ADR 80/04 made optional, the ATA has said in its submission to the Department of Infrastructure and Transport.

The submission is in response to the Departments review of Emission Standards for Heavy Vehicles Discussion paper, which is debating the merits of moving to the new Euro VI and equivalent standards.

12 December 2012

The ATA has expressed its support for the National Heavy Vehicle Law amendment bill, based on the commitments in the NHVR Forward Work Program.

The ATA supports a strong, but fair, approach to the chain of responsibility and executive liability provisions. It also supports the idea of the current penalty provisions being reviewed in the future so that more minor offence penalties are in line with deterrence theories.

03 December 2012

This submission was prepared by the ATA to suggest improvements to the National Transport Commission’s work diary review.

26 October 2012

The NSW Draft Master Plan recognises the constraints the heavy vehicle industry is operating under in NSW, and observes that if radical action is not taken to increase the productivity capacity of the heavy vehicle industry in NSW the effect will be detrimental to the economy.

The ATA has put forward the following submission with recommendations to most effectively address the issues highlighted in the Master Plan.

26 October 2012

The ATA has today released its submission to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal on its review of local government compliance and enforcement activity in NSW, outlining the effects of inconsistent local government decisions on the trucking industry.

The submission makes 8 recommendations to improve the local government road access process, and outlines common productivity barriers in this area.

18 October 2012

Businesses in TruckSafe and similar accreditation programs should be included automatically if the NTC goes ahead with a program to recognise organisations with a strong commitment to road safety, the ATA said in a submission this week.

The submission responds to the NTC’s draft strategy for a National Road Safety Partnership Program. The draft strategy proposes to set up a recognition scheme for organisations that demonstrate a commitment to creating and monitoring a positive road safety culture.

The ATA submission argues that businesses in TruckSafe and other trucking industry accreditation programs have already demonstrated their commitment to safety.

21 September 2012

This submission uses industry evidence and financial modelling to show that one of the options in the Business Tax Working Group’s August 2012 discussion paper, removing the statutory effective life caps on trucks and trailers, would impose a significant cash flow burden on trucking businesses. This would reduce operators’ ability to purchase new trucks and renew their fleets with the latest equipment.

06 September 2012

The ATA has put forward the following submission to the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency, highlighting the difficulies that are faced by the heavy vehicle industry through severe driver shortages. The submission outlines a series of recommendations to the government and industry to address this issue by increasing the attractiveness of the heavy vehicle industry to young and female workers.

10 August 2012

The draft national truck laws should be amended to impose stronger safety duties on businesses and make them fairer at the same time, the ATA submission to the Queensland Parliamentary inquiry into the Heavy Vehicle National Law Bill 2012 says.