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ATA Committees meet on HVNL review

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) today confirmed its Safety Committee and Transport & Economics Committee have had discussions regarding the first issues paper from the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) review.

The issues paper seeks views on how to help make the law outcome-focused and less prescriptive, while ensuring safety and promoting productivity.

ATA CEO Ben Maguire said industry could not afford to underestimate the impact of the review and legislation likely to follow would have on it for the decades to come.

“Today’s meeting saw committee members work closely together on developing our submission," he said.

“Members discussed how the structure of the HVNL could be radically changed to make the law more responsive, so it can deal with evolving technology and the diverse nature of our industry,” said Maguire.

Valuable contributions from the meeting were made, according to Maguire, from
Steve Shearer (SA Road Transport Association), Gary Mahon (Queensland Trucking Association), Greg Cain (Victorian Transport Association), Louise Bilato (NT Road Transport Association), and Adam Gibson (National Transport Insurance).

Others whose work was singled out included Simon Skazlic (K&S Freighters), Dr Sarah Jones (Toll), Cam Dumesny (Western Roads Federation), Dean Jenkins and Andrew McKenzie (MaxiTRANS), and Scott Davidson (NatRoad).

“Members agreed on the need to retain the primary duties in Chapter 1A of the HVNL, and its current approach to executive officer liability” said Maguire.

“The committees also agreed to hold co-design workshops to distil a collective position on fatigue management and road access,” he said.

“The meeting is a prime example of how our members are working together in the best interests of the industry and collaborating to deliver positive outcomes. I thank them all for their contribution and expertise.”

(Image: Ben Maguire ATA CEO).

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