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New NTC work program responds to rapid change across the transport sector

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has released a new work program with an increased focus on developing performance-based, flexible regulation for the transport sector.

NTC Chief Executive, Paul Retter, said technology and data-driven changes present a significant challenge for governments and industry alike.

“We are expecting unprecedented change in the transport and logistics sectors over the next 10 years,” he said.

“It is essential that our regulatory system keeps pace with these changes and remains ‘fit for purpose’.

“Our work program responds to these challenges with the inclusion of new projects examining barriers to the introduction of more innovative vehicles and technology-neutral road rules for driver distraction.”

At the Transport and Infrastructure Council meeting on 18 May 2018, ministers agreed to bring forward an NTC-led review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

“We have been tasked with reviewing the law (and regulations) to ensure it is operating as effectively and efficiently as it can be,” said Better. This is the first comprehensive review of the HVNL since it commenced on 10 February 2014.”

The NTC will develop terms of reference for approval by September 2018, with the review scheduled to commence immediately thereafter.

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