Deadline nears for submission on national regs

Supply chain industry urged to have its say on proposed national regulations before the consultation period ends on May 6

May 3, 2011

Transport and logistics operators are being urged to have their say on proposed national transport regulations before the consultation period ends this week.

The National Transport Commission (NTC) will receive final submissions from interested parties on May 6 on the proposed national scheme, which aims replace existing state-based regulations.

Information forums have been held across the country outlining the proposed changes, which include reforms to enforcement practices and a new fatigue management system.

Once introduced in 2013, the national regulations will be overseen by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, which will be based in Queensland with offices throughout Australia.

Richard Hancock, who leads the project office charged with establishing the regulator, says it is important for all stakeholders to have their say.

"We encourage operators, drivers and others involved in the transport industry to tell us what they like about the proposed law, as well as any areas for improvement," he says.

The NTC’s project director, George Konstandakos, says the reforms will harmonise transport regulation and make it easier for operators to do business.

The feedback will be used in the development of a final proposal to be submitted to the Australian Transport Council (ATC) in August to vote on.

The proposed national law was released on February 28 for public comment for a ten-week period.

Submissions can be made through the NTC website or by post to: Chief Executive, National Transport Commission, Level 15/628 Bourke Street, Melbourne Vic 3000.

The NTC has uploaded instructions to its website to help stakeholders lodge a formal submission.

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