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NTC News December 2017

In this edition:

Message from the Chief Executive
Reform implementation report shows progress towards national consistency
NTC review of telematics for regulatory purposes
Three-axle bus mass limits review
Consultation on the draft Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail (Edition 7.6)
Updates to the Load Restraint Guide and Australian Road Rules
Automated vehicle program of work
Review of the PBS marketplace
Upcoming consultation schedule
NTC Christmas closure

Message from the Chief Executive

It has been another busy year at the NTC. I encourage you to read about the highlights in our latest annual report which was tabled in Parliament on 18 October 2017.

As this year comes to a close, we are firmly focused on the reform task ahead. There is plenty on the agenda for 2018. This newsletter provides an update on upcoming project work and consultation periods, as well as recent project milestones.

On behalf of the NTC staff and Commissioners, I would like to thank you for your valuable contribution to our reform work in 2017. We look forward to delivering further improvements to land transport productivity, safety, environmental performance and regulatory efficiency next year.

Paul Retter AM
Chief Executive and Commissioner

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Reform implementation report shows progress towards national consistency

The fifth edition of the National Transport Reform Implementation Monitoring Report shows that the adoption of national transport reform continues to trend in the right direction.

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NTC review of telematics for regulatory purposes

The Transport and Infrastructure Senior Officials’ Committee (TISOC) has asked us to review the use of telematics for regulatory purposes across the transport sector to find ways to encourage further take-up and help deliver improved safety and productivity benefits for all Australians.

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Three-axle bus mass limits review

We have started a project to identify whether there is a need to increase the mass limits that apply to three-axle buses and assess the potential implications.

We will distribute a short survey on three-axle bus patronage, journeys and technical specifications to bus and coach travel industry members in January 2018.

For more information, visit the project page.

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Consultation on the draft Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail (Edition 7.6)

We are seeking feedback on the draft Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail Edition 7.6 (the Code), as well as the updated Competent Authority Panel Rules.

For more information about the changes, please see the Summary of proposed amendments page.

To make a submission, please see the project page. Submissions close 5pm Friday, 9 February 2018.

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Updates to the Load Restraint Guide and the Australian Road Rules

In January 2018 we will release an improved Load Restraint Guide for heavy vehicles and a complementary guide specifically for light vehicles, following endorsement of the guides by ministers at the Transport and Infrastructure Council meeting on 10 November 2017. Ministers also approved updates to the Australian Road Rules (ARRs).

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Automated vehicle program of work

Outcomes of the recent Transport and Infrastructure Council meeting

On 10 November 2017 transport ministers approved the following NTC papers:

  • National enforcement guidelines for automated vehicles
  • Policy paper: National enforcement guidelines for automated vehicles
  • Policy paper: Assuring the safety of automated vehicles

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Changing driving laws project: Next steps

We are currently reviewing the feedback we received on our discussion paper Changing driving laws to support automated vehicles. This feedback will be used to develop reform options for the next Transport and Infrastructure Council meeting in May 2018.

For more information, visit the project page.

Consultation on NTC automated vehicle projects

In early 2018 we will seek your feedback on the following projects:

  • Regulatory access to cooperative intelligent transport systems and automated vehicle data
  • Automated vehicle compulsory third party insurance review
  • Safety assurance system for automated vehicles (regulatory impact statement)

For more information on the progress of our projects, please see the Automated vehicles in Australia page.

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Review of the PBS marketplace

In October 2017 we completed public consultation on a review into the Performance-based Standards (PBS) scheme for heavy vehicles.

Feedback from this consultation will inform draft recommendations to be presented to the Transport and Infrastructure Senior Officials' Committee (TISOC) for approval in March 2018.

For more information, visit the project page.

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Upcoming consultation schedule

We have updated our indicative stakeholder engagement schedule for the first quarter of 2018. Please take a look at the updated schedule for information about when we will be seeking your feedback.

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NTC Christmas closure

The NTC office will be closed from 12pm Friday, 22 December 2017 until Tuesday, 2 January 2018.

From all the NTC staff and Commissioners, we wish you a safe and happy Christmas and New Year period.

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Last Updated: 19/12/2017