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ALC shares report on heavy vehicle safety

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has released a position paper, Improving Heavy Vehicle Safety the Australian Way – setting out a blueprint for enhancing heavy vehicle safety.

“As an industry leader, ALC is committed to improving heavy vehicle safety and reducing road fatalities,” said ALC Managing Director, Michael Kilgariff. “Our position paper sets out a clear pathway to achieve these outcomes and
suggests practical policy reforms that should be made.”

The position paper was tabled during ALC’s appearance before the New South Wales Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety (Staysafe Committee), which is conducting an inquiry into heavy vehicle safety and use of technology to improve road safety.

“ALC takes the unequivocal position that heavy vehicle operators should be required to comply with an agreed set of National Operating Standards in order to operate a heavy vehicle in Australia,” said Kilgariff.

“This National Operating Standard would require a heavy vehicle operator to have both the financial capacity to operate a business as well as adopting a uniform safety management.

“This is consistent with the approach taken in other comparable jurisdictions, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and New Zealand.

“In conjunction with National Operating Standards, ALC has again called on the Heavy Vehicle National Law to be amended to make it mandatory for heavy vehicles to be fitted with telematic equipment.

“Mandatory telematics and a National Operating Standard were supported by Toll Group Managing Director, Michael Byrne, in his letter to the Prime Minister earlier this year.

“It is vitally important that public conversations regarding heavy vehicle safety focus on the practical policy reforms that will make a genuine difference, and not become side-tracked by discussions about other matters, such as the role of the former Road Safety RemunerationTribunal (RSRT), and its so-called ‘Safe Rates’ regime.

“ALC’s position paper does this by proposing a series of safety-focused measures that will meet the clear desire within industry and the wider community to improve heavy vehicle safety,” he said.

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