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A REVIEW and restructure of the Heavy Vehicle National law has been recommended by the National Road Transport Association.

The NRTA has lodged a submission with the National Transport Commission recommending changes in the area of risk-based regulation for heavy vehicles.

“We strongly support a review and restructure of the Heavy Vehicle National Law and we are enthusiastically participating in the process the National Transport Commission has established,” NatRoad chief executive Warren Clark said.

“The review must result in simplification of the law. Provisions which are not critical to safety should be removed and prescriptive requirements should be moved down the regulatory tier from the Act into regulations and codes of practice,” he said.

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“One of the issues that members have told us is in urgent need of reform relates to enforcement. In the submission, we make positive suggestions about how the enforcement of the HVNL and the Road Rules should be improved.”

NatRoad has argued for a new enforcement regime with an initial independent review system of offences must and that those who enforce the law must have passed a suitable level of education about the law.

 “NatRoad looks forward to continuing to assist the NTC in this important review,” Clark said.

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