NHVR welcomes release of Productivity Commission final report

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08-10-2020
The NHVR has welcomed the final report from the Australian Productivity Commission into National Regulatory Reform, including the heavy vehicle industry.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the report highlighted the significant reform of safety and productivity across the heavy vehicle industry since the introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) in 2013.

“In particular, the Commissioners have highlighted the on-going improvement to road safety and a reduction in heavy vehicle crashes and progress of harmonisation,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“The Commissioners have also highlighted a number of areas where the law can be improved and I’m keen to see these recommendations aligned with the National Transport Commission’s current review of the HVNL.

“Key recommendations, such as reviewing derogations, reducing the prescriptive nature of fatigue legislation and expanding the number of freight routes covered by notices will clearly reduce the burden on operators and support the NHVR in carrying out its role.

“I’d like thank the Commissioners for their efforts, particularly engaging directly with the industry and drivers during the consultation phase.”

The National Transport Regulatory Reform Overview and Recommendation is available at www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/completed/transport/report.

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