LAW REFORM: The National Transport Commission wants your input on permit changes.
LAW REFORM: The National Transport Commission wants your input on permit changes.

Have your say on how to improve access on public roads

THE National Transport Commission (NTC) is seeking feedback on its third issues paper as part of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) review, this time dealing with heavy vehicle access on Australian roads.

The paper considers current access arrangements under the HVNL, analyses access-related issues and seeks feedback on ways to improve heavy vehicle access.

NTC Chief Executive Officer Gillian Miles said access issues are complex and can cause problems for industry.

"Access is straightforward for many heavy vehicles, however operators of higher-productivity vehicles often need to apply for a permit, or operate under notice, which can result in delays and other costs. These costs affect all Australian businesses and households," said Ms Miles.

"We also need to manage our road infrastructure effectively. We need to find the best way to make sure we allow heavy vehicles access wherever it is safe and sensible and, in doing so, make access decisions quickly, consistently and transparently', Dr Miles said.

This 78-page issues paper is part of a rolling consultation to mid-2019. Consultation on this paper is open until August 16.

Following consultation of the eight issues papers, the NTC will develop a consultation Regulation Impact Statement for comment before taking recommendations to ministers in November 2020.

To have your say, click here.

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