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Sack the NTC says ATA

The Australian Trucking Association has called for the National Transport Commission to be shut down


The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has reiterated its argument that the National Transport Commission (NTC) be abolished.

“Just 12 months ago, the NTC released a paper recommending a cut in drivers’ wages of 25 per cent,” the ATA says.

“This year the NTC has continued to frig about with the heavy vehicle national law.”

The ATA say the situation is so bad that ministers have appointed a higher level steering committee to get the NTC under control.

“Sack ’em (the NTC), we say.”

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The ATA says that one of the thorny issues it has raised is getting action eliminating the outdated broken permit scheme.

“Neither industry nor governments are coping with the volume of applications and this blockage can cripple the economy.

“It was the original efforts of the NHVR (National Heavy Vehicle Regulator) in this area that forced Tasmania to intervene to protect the state’s economy.

“The Tasmanian automated access system is one option. The NHVR is also spending a lot of money for little result to date.”

The ATA maintains that it is neutral on the technology but demands the following action:

•  get rid of duplicated permits now
•  one approval should apply to all similar vehicles by notice
•  the repeat bridge assessments stopped.

The ATA says the unseemly bureaucratic brawls that are breaking out should be stopped.

“The ATA continues to hear about attacks from the NHVR on Tasmania and its scheme, Austroads, ALGA and anyone else in the firing line.”

The ATA says the NTC should stop and focus on the national economy. It also points

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