Transport ministers from across the country reaffirmed their support for the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) at the Transport and Infrastructure Council (the council) meeting on 22 May 2015.
Ministers supported the ongoing financial commitment to the NHVR and approved the NHVR Corporate Plan and budget for the next 12 months.
Ministers were briefed by the National Transport Commission and the NHVR on progress with the Heavy Vehicle Roadworthiness Program, including development of options contained in a draft consultation regulation impact statement.
The council endorsed the development of a Regulation Impact Statement in July 2015, and to prioritising the progression of particular elements to improve heavy vehicle road safety.
The council agreed to bring forward consideration of a package of measures to expedite national consistency and compliance improvements for decision in November 2015.
This package will include measures regarding Chain of Responsibility duties for vehicle maintenance and scheduled inspections, with the intention of implementing improvements as soon as possible.
The council endorsed the work on a national registration system and the NHVR is progressing plans for a fully workable scheme by July 1, 2018.
The council also considered progress on the development of the National Remote and Regional Transport Strategy currently being led by the Northern Territory, and approved the release of a draft strategy for public consultation from May to July 2015.
This Strategy seeks to address the significant transport challenges faced in remote and regional Australia.
Minutes from the TIC meeting can be found at www.transportinfrastructurecouncil.gov.au/communique/index.aspx
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