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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2013
27 FUTURE FREIGHT NETWORKS 2013 ALC ADVOCACY AND POLICY SUBMISSIONS Heavy Vehicles ALC made submissions on the Heavy Vehicle National Law Bill to the Transport, Housing and Local Government Committee of the Queensland Parliament in August, urging for the Bill to pass as soon as possible so that a National Heavy Vehicle Regulator could be established by 1 July 2013, clearing the way for $12.4 billion worth of bene ts. ALC urged that the regulator have 'teeth' and be properly resourced to deal as a one-stop shop for heavy-vehicle operators. A further submission in December drew attention to a number of important details that need work in the national law. Safety In February, ALC made a submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications on the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, and in October, ALC Managing Director Michael Kilgariff appeared before the committee. He advised that the proposed Road Safety Remuneration Bill would not improve safety or increase productivity in the heavy-vehicle sector, and would only add another layer of unnecessary regulation. He urged that the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator should be given responsibility for the safety matters proposed under the bill. ALC wrote to all state and territory police, transport and safety ministers to outline how ALC and members of Australia's retail logistics supply chain are working to improve safety in the heavy- vehicle industry. The letter pointed out the signi cant reductions in heavy-vehicle accidents in the past ve years, but also that more needs to be done. This is one of the reasons why ALC is working to have the RLSC registered under the Heavy Vehicle National Law. Once the law is in place, it will, for the rst time, deliver a national approach to chain of responsibility obligations. During the year, ALC wrote to all state and territory transport ministers, urging changes to privacy laws to enable greater employer access to driving records, so they can be made aware of breaches that might affect safety. Victoria has responded positively. ALC has also written to the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal requesting that this issue be included in the Tribunal's Annual Work Program. During the year, ALC attended the inaugural meeting of the HVCI Transport Consultative Forum. The Forum membership includes 25 representatives from national and state transport associations, primary industries, transport companies and local government associations. ALC has reaf rmed its support for compulsory telematics to drive improved safety outcomes in the heavy vehicle industry. ALC contributed to the public debate on this issue after a special investigation by A Current Affair, featuring Lindsay Fox, who supports more widespread use of black boxes and telematics technology. On rail, ALC made a submission to the 'National Transport Commission on Fatigue Risk Management -- Hours of Work and Rest' draft regulatory impact statement. The submission supported a non-prescriptive, performance-based approach. This would reduce compliance costs and help develop a national streamlined regime. In August, ALC made a submission to the National Transport Commission urging a uniform law on the transport of dangerous goods, using the UN model as a base. ALC argued that, at present, having different rules among the jurisdictions was not helping safety. On maritime safety, an ALC submission on the Maritime Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Bill argued for a strong national approach. ALC expressed concern that under the delegated agency model in the bill, state entities would be able to develop their own enforcement priorities and interpret the national law in their own way, and the bene ts of a single national law would be lost. ALC urged that all service agreements between the national regulator and individual jurisdictions be made public on the national regulator's website. On stevedoring, ALC met with Safe Work Australia in September to discuss concerns over the draft Stevedoring Code of Practice. ALC argued that the code should be performance- and risk- based, and in line with the WHS legislative framework. As a result, the draft code was referred back to the Stevedoring Temporary Advisory Group for further industry collaboration. ALC looks forward to a more workable outcome.