• 05/15 – Christmas is coming early – or is it?

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    WATM | May 2015
    By Ian King (WARTA).

    Must be the time of the year for taking and not giving.

    Again, we read an Australian Transport News article (Brad Gardner 24th March 2015) highlighting Santa’s desire for seeking Western Australia and the Northern Territory to accept “National Regulations”.

    Santa a.k.a. the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has forgotten that we, in Australia, live in a democracy.
    West Australian politicians from both sides of the political divide share the WA transport sectors desire to leave things alone.

    The question is WHY should we follow their path?

    Just look at their {NHVR} record with permits – thank you MRWA for the development of the Over Size Over-Mass (OSOM) unit and how we are the envy of Australia with our modern and positive permit scheme.

    NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto believes, “operators in Western Australia and the Northern Territory may hold the key to getting the respective jurisdictions to end their opposition to national trucking laws”.

    I certainly will not go in their permit management and approval shemozzle.

    I think Mr Petroccitto has forgotten about the changes they are seeking with Fatigue.

    In late March a Fatigue Congress was held in Perth and from all reports the same eastern state bashing continued unabated – what is the rationale of becoming part of their system, just drive two hours north of Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne – it is a lot different than driving the same distance from Perth…

    To read more, a pdf version of the full article is available for download here.

    This article is from the April 2015 issue of the WA Transport Magazine. The WA Transport Magazine is available directly from the publisher – Angry Chicken Publishing.