Work begins on move to national regs


Leading advisory firm to look at the move to streamlined regulations as industry-government meetings begin on the issue

By Samantha Freestone

The Federal Government has tasked a leading advisory firm to look at the move to streamlined regulations as industry-government meetings begin on the issue.

Ernst & Young will investigate the feasibility of a national regulation, registration and licensing system for heavy vehicles.

The first steps towards the much anticipated unification began with consultation sessions in Brisbane yesterday and will end on February 12, Victorian Transport Association Deputy Chief Executive Neil Chambers says.

Chambers is urging any operators who support a national framework to come armed with data to support the move, adding it is a short time frame in which the meetings will take place.

"Consulting firm Ernst & Young has been engaged by the federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development & Local Government to undertake a cost-benefit analysis of the regulatory options provided in the Consultation RIS," Chambers says.

"It is perceived that unnecessary costs are incurred by heavy vehicle operators due to having to comply with a full range of regulations across many jurisdictions – particularly those operating across state borders".

He says if there is not a positive cost-benefit in changing the regulation and licensing of heavy vehicles to a truly national system it will be much more difficult for the industry to argue for change.

"It is extremely important for the industry to get behind the cost-benefit analysis work being conducted by Ernst & Young," Chambers says.

He says the consultation period is an important opportunity for the industry to work with governments to shape the future of heavy vehicle regulation.

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