Last mile reform sought

After the NSW Government asked the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to look into reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens for business and the community, an initial report has been published.

 

In the report, IPART recommends making it easier for trucks to get access to local roads. Not only do local councils struggle to assess whether a road is suitable for the kind of truck to be used in an operation, but they also set greater store on noise and congestion than the economic benefits of using a route.

 

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The report from IPART calls for the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to proactively supply support to local councils when assessing and certifying routes for trucks. If the NHVR is not yet ready to provide this support then funds should be allocated to councils to pay for expert assistance.

 

In its submission to IPART the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) suggested councils need to be provided assistance to support more efficient and consistent decision making, with respect to granting access to trucking companies.

 

According to the ALC, one of the most important aspects of this issue is the need for a consistent approach by local government to granting access to trucking companies. This consistency will enable operators to plan ahead about how to move freight around cities like Sydney.

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Author: Tim Giles

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