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NatRoad supports HVNL review

The National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) has welcomed the start of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) review.

“We must introduce a risk-based regulatory system,” said NatRoad CEO, Warren Clark.

“We must move away from the approach of mere compliance with specific rules.

A newly framed HVNL should be about the management of risk. This is especially the case with the fatigue management provisions of the HVNL which contain a vast array of highly prescriptive elements, but for example, do not lead to the identification and control of impairment based on being fatigued.
“The current law can lead to a perverse outcome of being compliant but not always safe.

“Let’s make the law more focused on safety and less concerned with revenue raising. Let’s make the law simpler and more accessible to the thousands of operators who must comply. Let’s make the law outcomes focused.

“The review will be guided by an expert panel. The panel chair Peter Harris AO led the Productivity Commission until late last year. He has a deep knowledge of Australia’s infrastructure arrangements and what is needed to reform the transport task.

“His knowledge and background together with the practical experience of the industry representatives on the panel should see sensible reform recommendations proposed.

“But grassroots feedback is essential.  To get that feedback, NatRoad is running close to 20 forums throughout 2019 with the first one commencing next month where members and non-members can express their views about the way the new laws should be drafted.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get the HVNL right.  Operators’ voices must be heard and NatRoad will do everything in its power to ensure that they are listened to,” he said.

(Image: NatRoad CEO, Warren Clark.)

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