The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has called on the New South Wales Government to take a leadership role and advocate for significant changes to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).
"ALC's submission to the Inquiry into Heavy Vehicle Safety and Use of Technology to Improve Road Safety again reinforces the need for telematics to become mandatory in heavy vehicles," said Michael Kilgariff, Managing Director, ALC.
The New South Wales Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety ('Staysafe Committee') is undertaking the Inquiry.
"In providing this submission, ALC has released a four-stage blueprint for the introduction of mandatory telematics," Kilgariff added. "Telematics can help to improve heavy vehicle safety by providing truck drivers and transport operators with data that can detect any illegal and unsafe driving practices."
He noted that, as Australia's most populous states, New South Wales' adoption of mandatory telematics would be key for driving heavy-vehicle safety.
"ALC's continuing discussions with industry participants regarding the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy indicate that industry is continuing to embrace innovative technological solutions," he said. "This means it is now easier than ever to collect reliable data that can shape the development of a more efficient and safer freight transport network.
"Industry is grasping the nettle when it comes to telematics. Now is the time for governments to do likewise."