The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) have confirmed its Safety Committee and Transport & Economics Committee have held 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.
“Today’s meeting saw committee members work closely together on developing our submission,” Mr. Maguire 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.”
Mr. Maguire said valuable contributions at the meeting were made from SA Road Transport Association’s Steve Shearer, Queensland Trucking Association’s Gary Mahon, Victorian Transport Association’s Greg Cain, NT Road Transport Association’s Louise Bilato and National Transport Insurance’s Adam Gibson.
“Members agreed on the need to retain the primary duties in Chapter 1A of the HVNL and its current approach to executive officer liability” Mr. Maguire 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.”