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NTC backs HVNL review

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has launched a new microsite dedicated to the Heavy Vehicle National Law review.

According to the NTC, this new website will be a primary resource for updates on the review featuring information from an expert panel that will also provide feedback.

Ministers have asked the NTC to lead a review of HVNL and its supporting regulations.

The NTC said that it recognises that the current law is not best practice as it is outdated, complex, long, prescriptive and does not support road safety outcomes. "The HVNL Review will result in performance-based and outcomes-focused regulation that will: improve safety for all road users; support increased economic productivity and innovation; simplify administration and enforcement of the law; support the use of new technologies and methods of operation; and provide flexible, outcome-focused compliance options."

The expert panel reportedly met on 30 January to discuss its vision for the review and to consider the NTC's approach to conducting it.

The expert panel has endorsed the NTC's approach to the review, and it is set to release issues papers over the coming months in an effort to find solutions to the problems that the industry raises about HVNL.

A Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement is due to be published September 2019.

Other key dates include development of policy options from February 2019 to February 2020, policy options to be presented to ministers by May 2020, drafting of new legislation from May 2020 to May 2021 and legislation to be presented to ministers by November 2021.

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