Diesel News has picked up stories about NSW Freight Plans, Women in Transport, Effluent Progress and Reform Report
A report by the National Transport Commission (NTC) monitors progress on national transport reform. The conclusion comes down to reckoning the reform is trending in the right direction.
“The report provides an independent assessment on how well the Transport Infrastructure Council’s nationally agreed transport reforms are being implemented in practice,” said Paul Retter, NTC CEO.
Here are some of the conclusions:
Most jurisdictions (excluding WA and NT) are now operating under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), with the last remaining milestone of the original regulatory reform due on July 1 2018 when the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator plans to have a register of heavy vehicles available for use.
The fifth HVNL amendment package was approved by the Queensland parliament in December 2016 ahead of an anticipated implementation in mid-2018.
Heavy Vehicles Standards Rules are now included in the HVNL, and the Australian Light Vehicle Standards Rules, approved by Council in May 2016, will apply to light vehicles in the future.
New Chair at Transport Women
Pam McMillan has stepped down after 18 years on the Transport Women Australia Board having served for 11 of those years as Chair over various periods. The new chair of the group is Jacquelene Brotherton.
“This is my second time as Chair and I never expected to be back in the role,” said Jacquelene. “However, with Pam retiring and Di and Coralie having been with us for only one year, it was a decision that was made with the support of the Board in keeping the association strong. And as we move forward with our new Board, I feel that – as a team – we have never been stronger.”
The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association says it is making great progress on its quest to establish Australia’s first roadside effluent disposal facility in South East Queensland.
After a series of face-to-face meetings over 2017, ALRTA has secured strong support from more than 30 key stakeholders in the supply chain (producers, transporters and processors), community advocates and local, state and federal governments. Importantly, in cooperation with QLD Transport and Main Roads, it has identified a preferred site on the Warrego Highway in the Lockyer Valley with a construction target of December 2018.
The ALRTA obtained critical data from the CSIRO’s ‘TraNSIT’ strategic investment tool relating to the number of semi-trailer equivalent cattle movements past the preferred site. It has been calculated that, if constructed, the site will prevent up to 2,500,000 litres of livestock effluent from escaping into the road corridor every year.
NSW Freight Priorities
The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) says the Draft Freight and Ports Plan released for comment by the NSW Government is an encouraging sign that freight efficiency is being embraced in the state’s long-term infrastructure plans.
“This Draft Plan forms an essential component of the NSW Government’s new transport vision for the state, Future Transport 2056, and demonstrates there are plans to address a number of key priorities for the freight logistics industry,” said ALC Managing Director, Michael Kilgariff. “Many of the priorities outlined in this Draft Plan will complement those that have been included in other significant NSW Government transport plans released over the past two months.”
“In particular, the suggestion contained in the draft Greater Sydney Services and Infrastructure Plan that a Last Mile Freight Policy be developed and implemented is one that will have the whole-hearted backing of ALC.”