ATA outlines recommendations for national laws

ATA to support blanket trucking laws across Australia but says government must address a number of potential issues

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) will support the development of blanket trucking laws across Australia but says the Federal Government must address a number of potential issues.

The trucking lobby has released its response to the Government’s consultation paper on establishing a national framework for regulating, registering and licensing trucks and their drivers.

ATA Chairman Trevor Martyn says good uniform trucking laws will reduce the "compliance burden" on interstate operators and local operations of national companies.

In total the ATA’s Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement outlines 14 recommendations it says the government must follow to ensure the success of any national framework.

The ATA says any laws passed must take in consideration all of the different sectors of the trucking industry within Australia considering most trucking operators only operate within the state they are based.

"In continuing to develop the national heavy vehicle regulation concept, government must understand that most of the trucking industry does not operate across state borders and will not directly benefit from uniform laws," the submission reads.

"These companies will only benefit if the uniform laws are easier to understand and comply with.

"Any change must not disadvantage intrastate efficiencies while promoting similar positive outcomes for interstate operators."

The ATA also made it clear national reforms must provide a clear delineation between the road transport laws and other laws affecting road transport throughout the country.

To see the full report and list of recommendations Click here

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