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The 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.

Improved heavy vehicle access on public roads the focus of next NTC consultation

13 June 2019

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.

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

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.

For more information about our open and upcoming consultation phases, see the HVNL Review microsite.

Last Updated: 13/6/2019