A voluntary telematics adoption is currently promoted for improved safety and compliance outcomes. The ATA is cautious of any telematics policy that artificially forces adoption on the industry. The use of telematics for other agenda and policy issues, like direct charges, are not supported by industry at this stage; and these should be considered separately.
The ATA has called for all existing rest areas to be maintaine during the Barton Highway Duplication with improved capability, capacity, services and ideally additional rest opportunities. It is particularly important that shade is available at the completion of the revised rest areas, not some years later as replacement trees grow. At least one rest area in each direction should be provided with water and toilet facilities.
The ATA has released its response to the National Transport Commission’s regulatory impact statement (RIS) into its review of the Performance Based Standards (PBS) Scheme. The RIS identifies a number of issues with industry take up and examines several options for improving participation, as well as providing certainty of access for PBS vehicles on Australian road networks.
Reducing barriers to entry and putting road safety first are essential for any driver competency framework, the ATA said in this submission to the Heavy Vehicle Driver Competency working group.
In this submission to the NTC, the ATA calls for development of a national framework for regulations that recognises, encourages and supports adopters of technology, including existing operator telematics systems.
However, the ATA opposes the mandating of telematics or even linking telematics to additional access as these hurdles will be counterproductive to adoption of technology, including telematics.
The ATA supports the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, and calls for expansion of the road train network to be made a priority for this funding.
Truck drivers should be screened for depression as part of the medical checks for their driver’s licence, TruckSafe or fatigue accreditation, according to the ATA’s submission to the National Transport Commission review of the transport medical standards.
In this submission to the Senate Select Committy on Fuel and Energy, the ATA recommends expanding the portion of heavy vehicle revenue collected through the fuel excise mechanism to improve efficiency of revenue collections, improve signals to road users, and fairly incorporate alternative fuels.
The ATA has recommended that urban road safety can be improved by road treatments including sealing shoulders, controlling shoulder parking and allowing truck drivers to use long stay parking in industrial areas to meet rest break requirements in this submission to the ARRB group.
The revised regulatory impact statement (RIS) is a significantly improved document and many parts enjoy strong support from the ATA, including the Commonwealth’s preferred option four. However, we believe Ministers should be provided with additional information that more fully reflects the ATA’s views on the need for a holistic way forward.