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NSW heavy vehicle law amendments explained

September 9, 2013

Following the introduction of the Heavy Vehicle (Adoption of National Law) Amendment Bill 2013 into the NSW Legislative Assembly, ATA NSW has liaised with Transport for NSW to clarify the effects of these amendments to the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

As a result of these discussions, members can now download a table [PDF], which sets out the Bill’s departures from the Heavy Vehicle National Law and the response from Transport for NSW about what each section means and why it is needed.

Transport for NSW has also elaborated on the following clause, which has caused particular industry concern.

Schedule 1 [26] and [28] confer a general power for the local regulations to amend each of these new Schedules so as to insert, vary or omit modifications to the National Law and national regulations in their application to New South Wales.

The Principal Manager of National Intergovernmental Coordination for Transport for NSW, Dimi Regas, said this clause was purely intended as a machinery provision.

“Given the condensed timeframes we have been working towards to get the Bill drafted and introduced there are bound to be little issues that come up, and it would not be efficient or timely to have to go to Parliament every time to make amendments,” she said.

“It was never intended as a long term solution, or as a bypass of policy development/debate… I anticipate a time when such a provision may be unnecessary.”

Transport for NSW is also examining options for a more harmonious AFM outcome in consultation with ATA NSW.

Download the explanations table [PDF].

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