Enforcement scheme must wait for national reforms

Plan for border-less truck enforcement scheme on hold as national transport reforms rolled out

October 12, 2009

Governments have shelved plans for a border-less truck enforcement strategy until at least 2011 as part of national transport reforms.

The National Transport Commission's (NTC) proposed Heavy Vehicle Enforcement Strategy was voted down by governments, who say it will duplicate ongoing reform in moving to a national truck regulation system.

The current timetable would see a new federal regulation framework rolled out in 2011.

Of the nine state and federal transport ministers, seven voted against the scheme drafted in 2006 before agreement on a national regulator.

A spokesperson for federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese calls it "old policy".

"Given we are now moving forward with a national regulator it is clear that this scheme would simply duplicate what the regulator will set out to achieve," the spokesperson tells ATN.

A spokesperson for the NTC says it now up to the national regulator to work with police and pick up the strategy once established in 2011.

One of the main areas of work will be around costing such a scheme. Two jurisdictions opposed the NTC enforcement draft because the costs of setting it up far outweighed the benefits to smaller truck fleets.

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