Interested parties have been invited to make submissions on ways to improve Australia’s Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws.
Chief executive of the National Transport Commission (NTC) Paul Retter said Australia’s transport ministers had requested the NTC to examine whether the agencies charged with enforcing the HVNL have the appropriate investigative and enforcement powers, including sanctions, to meet the objectives of the law.
“We need to make sure police and other authorised officers have the right legal powers to enforce those laws,” Mr Retter said.
“Of course we also need to make sure that these powers provide a sensible balance between the needs of regulators and rights of individuals.”
This review is driven by feedback by road transport and enforcement agencies about the complexity of the existing investigative and enforcement powers provisions, and the additional information gathering power proposed as part of the CoR reforms approved by ministers in November 2015 and as set out in the Heavy Vehicle National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (Qld) currently before parliament.
More information including a copy of the discussion paper is available here. Submissions can be made until 4pm, Friday 9 December 2016 via the NTC’s website.