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19 Feb 13
Heavy vehicle amendment bill passes in Queensland: a driving force for national reform

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Further to McCullough Robertson’s previous updates on the Heavy Vehicle National Law (on 8 and 29 August and 30 November 2012), the Queensland Parliament has now passed the Heavy Vehicle National Law Amendment Bill 2012 (Qld) (Bill).

As we previously reported on 30 November 2012, the Bill was introduced to resolve policy and technical matters at the time the original act (the Heavy Vehicle National Law Act 2012 (Qld) (Act)) was made.  The Bill, as passed, will replace the Act in its entirety, due to the significant renumbering that was required for the amendments.

The Transport, Housing and Local Government Committee reviewed the Bill and provided one recommendation – that the Bill be passed without amendment – which it did on 14 February 2013.  It received strong support from both the LNP and ALP.  The Minister for Transport and Main Roads, the Honourable Scott Emerson MP, has stated that the legislation is aimed at improving safety and productivity, noting that inefficiencies caused by the existing inconsistent legislation around Australia will be removed.  Additionally, he highlighted “productivity benefits of $162 million per year accruing to industry and the Queensland economy over the next 22 years.”

Small issues relating to the legislation will continue to be resolved through the Heavy Vehicle National Regulator’s (Regulator) Forward Work Program, which aims to address issues that either fell outside the Regulator’s scope or could not be included in the Bill.

The remaining states and territories (with the exception of Western Australia) are expected to implement mirror legislation in the coming months.

McCullough Robertson will continue to monitor the passage of legislation around Australia and will keep you updated as it occurs.

Focus covers legal and technical issues in a general way. It is not designed to express opinions on specific cases. Focus is intended for information purposes only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Further advice should be obtained before taking action on any issue dealt with in this publication.

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