NatRoad’s role includes making formal submissions to various government bodies on a wide range of policy issues affecting the road freight industry, with the aim of improving the business environment for our members and the industry in general.
 

 
National Freight Data Hub Options Discussion Paper

Submission Topic: National Freight Data Hub Options Discussion Paper

Submitted to: Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

Date submitted: 16 September 2020

Summary: NatRoad favours freight data that supports evidence-based policy, improves transparency and accountability and provides support for innovation.

Outcome: Awaited

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Consultation Regulation Impact Statement: Technology and Data

Submission Topic: HVNL Review: Consultation Regulation Impact Statement: Technology and Data

Submitted to: National Transport Commission

Date submitted: 2 September 2020

Summary: NatRoad supports the option where the HVNL would recognise a standard-setter and assurance provider for telematics technologies and associated data. How this would be actioned should be placed in the hands of an Australasian Data Taskforce. There should be a term of reference in respect of referrals to that Taskforce which requires the separation of data and assurance systems used for enforcement and other data and assurance systems. Plus NatRoad urges a move away from a paper-based system. 

Outcome: Awaited

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Consultation Regulation Impact Statement Primary Duties and Responsibility

Submission Topic: HVNL Review: Consultation Regulation Impact Statement Primary Duties and Responsibility

Submitted to: National Transport Comission

Date submitted: 18 August 2020

Summary: In relation to the primary duties discussion set out in Chapter 4 of the HVNL Review Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (CRIS), NatRoad seeks an extra category to be added to the chain of responsibility list of parties in the HVNL.  This would be to the effect that a primary safety duty should apply to all parties with influence on transport activities.

Outcome: Awaited

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Consultation Regulation Impact Statement Regulatory Tools 

Submission Topic: HVNL Review: Consultation Regulation Impact Statement Regulatory Tools 

Submitted to: National Transport Comission

Date submitted: 18 August 2020

Summary: NatRoad has made a submission relating to Chapter 5 of the HVNL Review Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (CRIS). We support the proposed regulatory structure that would permit the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and others to make statutory codes of practice.This structure would permit the performance-based or outcomes based focus that should be at the heart of Commonwealth regulation. 

Outcome: Awaited

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HVNL Review: Consultation Regulation Impact Statement: Preliminary Issues

Submission Topic: Consultation Regulation Impact Statement: Preliminary Issues

Submitted to: National Transport Commission

Date submitted: 31 July 2020

Summary: NatRoad has made a submission on the HVNL Review Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (CRIS) responding to some of the issues raised about the effectiveness of the HVNL. 

Outcome: Awaited

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NSW Review Federal Financial Arrangements

Submission Topic: NSW Review Federal Financial Arrangements

Submitted to: NSW Treasury

Date submitted: 31 July 2020

Summary: NatRoad has made a submission commenting on the Draft Report of the NSW Review of Federal Financial Relations entitled Supporting the Road to Recovery. Our submission concentrates on three of the Review’s fifteen recommendations including transformation of road funding, fuel tax and stamp duty. 

Outcome: Awaited

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Government access to vehicle-generated data 

Submission Topic: Government access to vehicle-generated data 

Submitted to: National Transport Comission

Date submitted: 3 July 2020

Summary: NatRoad made comments on the discussion paper entitled Government access to vehicle-generated data (Discussion Paper)1 released by the National Transport Commission (NTC) in May 2020. 

Outcome: Awaited

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Examining the legal framework for the land transport of dangerous goods: Issues Paper

Submission Topic: Examining the legal framework for the land transport of dangerous goods: Issues Paper  

Submitted to: National Transport Comission

Date submitted: 3 July 2020

Summary: This submission comments on the Issues Paper entitled Examining the legal framework for the land transport of dangerous goods (Issues Paper)1 released by the National Transport Commission (NTC) in June 2020. 

Outcome: Awaited

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Submission Topic - Template for Roads and Transport Functional Recovery Group members feedback

Submission Topic: Template for Roads and Transport Functional Recovery Group members feedback 

Submitted to: Queensland Ministerial Freight Council.

Date submitted: 15 June 2020

Summary: This submission summarises a number of policies that will assist the heavy vehicle industry in Queensland to better recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Outcome: Awaited

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NatRoad Submission - NHVR Issues Paper on the Livestock Supply Chain

Submission Topic: NHVR Draft Productivity Plan

Submitted to: NHVR

Date submitted: 17 April 2020

Summary: There should be a targeted, funded education campaign about COR responsibilities aimed at all parties in the livestock chain. That campaign should be followed by increased enforcement measures.

Outcome: Awaited

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NatRoad Submission - NHVR Productivity Plan

Submission Topic: NHVR Draft Productivity Plan

Submitted to: NHVR

Date submitted: 13 March 2020

Summary: NatRoad has reinforced the means to achieve greater productivity from the industry, particularly the issue of better access processes where permits should be seen as an exception rather than a rule.  NatRoad seeks greater reform measures in a number of areas especially in measuring compliance costs, better access to data from the NHVR registration database and binding rules on local governments in assessing access permits.

Outcome: Awaited

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Submission topic: Enhancements to Unfair Contract Term Protections

Submission Topic: Enhancements to Unfair Contract Term Protections

Submitted to:  Submission to the Treasury

Date Submitted: 12 March 2020

Summary: This submission outlines a number of unfair contract practices in the road transport industry and calls for a strengthening of the law to give better protections to small business.  Unfair contract terms law should be re-examined so that it has a real impact on these unfair practices in the industry.

Outcome: Awaited

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 Submission topic: Heavy Vehicle Charges Consultation Report

Submitted to: National Transport Commission

Date submitted: 28 Feb 2020

Summary: Heavy vehicle charges consultation report (Consultation Report) was released by the National Transport Commission (NTC) in December 2019. This submission responds to the problematic nature of an increase in heavy vehicle charges at a time of debilitating drought and bush fire devastation that have added to already fierce cost pressures on heavy vehicle operators.  The proposed cost increases even at the level of 2.5% per annum would compound these problems as well as underlining the fundamental unfairness of the current basis of heavy vehicle charging.

Outcome: Awaited.

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Submission Topic: PC Draft Report - National Transport Regulatory Reform

Submitted to: Productivity Commission

Date submitted: 15 Jan 2020 

Summary: NatRoad has made a submission on the Draft Report entitled National Transport Regulatory Reform released by the Productivity Commission (PC) in November 2019. The submission responds to a number of the issues raised in the Draft Report, focusing on the heavy vehicle sector including:

  • Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL)
  • Fatigue Laws
  • Chain of Responsibility
  • Accreditation 
  • WHS Laws
  • Transport Technology

Outcome: Awaited

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Submission Topic:  Inquiry into reducing Australia’s road accident rates, trauma and road deaths 

Submitted to: Joint Select Committee on Road Safety, Federal Government 

Date submitted: 31 Jan 2020 

Summary: In this submission NatRoad outlines a number of factors affecting heavy vehicle safety, focusing on light vehicle driver education, upgrading infrastructure and better data collection and analysis

Outcome: Awaited

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Submitted to: Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety, NSW Parliament 

Date submitted: 31 Jan 2020 

Summary: NatRoad has made a submission to the NSW Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety (StaySafe) relating to its inquiry into road trauma in NSW launched at the end of November 2019. The submission highlights the need to rebuild after bushfires taking into account the infrastructure needs for rural and regional roads. 

Outcome: Awaited

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