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Industry insiders to help simplify National Heavy Vehicle Law

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In response to confusion over amendments to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) which came into effect 1 October 2018, the National Transport Commission is calling on industry experts to help review the 633-page document.

The aim is to simplify national transport regulations and to make improvements to boost industry safety and productivity. Australia’s freight task is the fifth largest in the world and is critical to the economy.

While the Australian Trucking Association and its member associations were involved in changes to the chain of responsibility provisions in the law, ATA Chair Geoff Crouch says the HVNL is “far too long, prescriptive and complicated”.

HVNL reviewTo put this in context, the national truck law is three times as long as the Civil Aviation Act and four times as long as the Rail Safety National Law.

The ATA identifies key focus issues as

  • prescribed work and rest hours
  • heavy vehicle road access approvals
  • removing red tape
  • performance-based standards
  • the use of technology and data for regulatory purposes and heavy vehicle accreditation, in view of the Medlock Review.

Expert input

A reference panel of transport industry experts has been appointed, chaired by former Productivity Commission Chair Peter Harris. The panel, who will have direct access to government ministers, comprises

  • Sharon Middleton – Director, Whiteline Transport and President, South Australian Road Transport Association

  • Andrew Ethell – Executive Director, Amalgam Strategic and board member, Infrastructure Australia

  • Gary Mahon – Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Trucking Association

  • Gary Liddle – Enterprise Professor of Transport, Melbourne University and Senior Strategic Adviser, Transport, Jacobs

  • Louise Bilato – Executive Officer, Northern Territory Road Transport Association.

Roz Shaw-1Gallagher Head of Transport Roz Shaw says she is happy that the review is going to use industry experts as a resource and that its aim is to simplify the legislation.

“It makes it very difficult for everyone involved in the industry to navigate such a complex set of legislation, including insurance brokers responsible for ensuring their clients risks are fully covered,” Shaw says.

We’re here to help

If you need help with understanding your insurance requirements under the HVNL the Gallagher specialised heavy vehicle team has developed a Heavy Vehicle Transport Safety offering, which includes CoR systems development as well as access to a wide range of comprehensive training modules.

Call us today on 1800 240 432 to speak to one of our specialist transport and logistics advisors to discuss a tailored solution for your business or fill out the form here to arrange a time for us to call you.

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