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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2011
65 FUTURE FREIGHT NETWORKS 2011 To encourage the uptake of telematics, subsidies may be needed. To reduce duplication and compliance costs, all jurisdictions should be obliged to adopt identical and nationally consistent provisions. Toll Group/Asciano/Linfox made a detailed submission on the functionality that a unit should possess and ALC agreed with their assessment. ALC also recommended that the management of information collected by monitoring services incorporating telematics should be under the control of industry participants. ALC concluded that the overall objective of the strategy should be: improved productivity, safety, reliability and environmental responsibility. Rather than supporting the options in the NTC documents, ALC proposes that: The use of ‘monitoring systems embracing telematics’ for compliance purposes should be mandated for heavy line-haul vehicles. Under chain of responsibility rules, systems should be monitored by companies not regulators. ALC believes that decisions on the use of electronic diaries should await completion of the trial in NSW. When those results are available, stakeholders will be able to make informed comments on the use of electronic diaries. When the National Heavy Vehicle Law consolidation is available for comment, ALC reserves the right to canvass opinions on: whether the use of electronic diaries should » be compulsory; how electronic information is to be used in » prosecutions; and enforcement policies generally. » Heavy Vehicle Pricing Options: Development and Assessment Framework In September 2010, ALC responded to a National Transport Commission Discussion Paper on Heavy Vehicle Pricing Options. ALC strongly suggested that the objective of the review should be an approach to infrastructure that supports economically efficient freight logistics. It should support the efficient use of current infrastructure and the timely provision of essential new infrastructure. The Commission should institute pricing arrangements that: encourage transport infrastructure providers to make the investments necessary to cater for the future freight task, and encourage the most efficient use of that infrastructure. ALC made two specific observations: Pricing Road Wear at Marginal Cost: ALC indicated » that the proposed ARRB model seems to require a considerable burden of recording and reporting vehicle movements. Demand Elasticity Study: ALC commented that » although such a study would be valuable, it would mean some delay as the real decisions on pricing models can only begin once it is in use. Also, the survey should be sufficiently robust to allow the government to make a prompt, yet correct, decision.