Inconsistent regs cost industry $100m: report

Industry losing over $100 million every year due to the impact of inconsistent cross-border regulations

The Australian transport and logistics industry is losing over $100 million every year due to the impact of inconsistent cross-border regulations.

A case study compiled by the Australian Logistics Council (ALC), focusing on the Sunraysia and Riverland region which includes New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, identified four "priority areas" which need urgent attention.

The adoption of a nationally consistent regulation, access expansion for higher productivity vehicles, embracing a national code and the coordination of cross-border transport systems are all goals which have to be met.

Hal Morris, Chief Executive of the ALC, says while his organisation recognises state governments are working towards improving cross-border regulation, proper reform was vital to ensure the effective running of the transport and logistics industry.

"To ensure the industry operates safely, efficiently and competitively, appropriate regulation by governments must be applied in a nationally consistent manner," he says.

"It is time for governments to commit to real national uniformity and not retreat to the current lowest common denominator regulation."

In tota,l 13 specific recommendations for action under the four priority areas were presented in the report.

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