NatRoad tackles NSW parties on reform

Peak body seeks policy positions on six points

By Rob McKay | February 11, 2011

Road haulage peak body NatRoad is seeking responses to a series of pre-election issues from New South Wales political parties - much as it had last year before the Victorian election.

Top of the six-point list is the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, which NatRoad views as a "key reform for the trucking industry".

Specifically, it wants the regulator to have the resources and authority to lead reforms and "control enforcement training, strategies and resourcing".

Another bugbear is fair enforcement, with the arbitrary and overly bureaucratic nature of many on-the-spot fines being of particular concern, especially for minor perceive infractions.

It used the example of formal warnings or improvement notices being the proper responses to work diary administrative errors, failure to carry a current Restricted Access Vehicle notice, when the combination is not otherwise in contravention of conditions and minor category mass, dimension, load restraint and fatigue offences.

Other issues included chain of responsibility, roads access, infrastructure building and truck charges.

Of these, the most technically involved was roads access, with red tape surrounding "last mile" issues, especially local council red tape, remaining high on the agenda.

The narrow focus of chain of responsibility enforcement and its lack of bite was also raised.

The responses in NSW were awaited.

After a lack of Coalition response before the Victorian election, it is understood that contact with that state’s government has been initiated.

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