BIC Submission to the NHVR’s National Heavy Vehicle Safety Strategy 2021-2025

The BIC provided a response to the Consultation Draft of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Strategy 2021-25 (Strategy). The Strategy will be supported by an Action Plan, produced annually, which will outline the activities, responsibilities, and timeframes for delivery that the NHVR will undertake over the five-year life of the Strategy. The Strategy is aligned to the draft National Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030 (Office of Road Safety) for which the BIC also provided a submission (download here). The 10 year strategy from the Office of Road Safety sets out Australia’s road safety objectives, key priorities for action, and road trauma reduction targets to 2030. The heavy vehicle safety strategy placed a major focus on:
  • partnerships with stakeholders
  • supporting modern and safer vehicles
  • driver safety
  • creating positive change in behaviours and culture to improve safety.
The BIC’s response to the Strategy provided a number of recommendations to government relating to partnerships, bus safety initiatives, driver health and well-being initiatives. The BIC also outlined a 10-point National Bus Safety Strategy and advocated for the need for a National Bus Specification Guideline with the aim to provide a consistent (minimum) set of safety standards which would assist purchases by bus and coach businesses.

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Bus Safety Initiatives Paper

On 28 August 2023, the BIC presented a Bus Safety Initiatives Paper at a Bus Safety Ministerial Roundtable hosted by Senator Carol Brown – Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. The Paper provides 8 key recommendations to further enhance bus safety – the vehicle, the passenger and other road users. Download the Paper. The Paper broadly captures 3 main outcomes: Uptake of new technologies Educate the community about bus safety through national campaigns Enhance the ability to background check drivers. Key …

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BIC Submission on the National Electric Vehicle Strategy Consultation Paper [November 2022]

The purpose of this document is to provide a response to the National Electric Vehicle Strategy Consultation paper released in September 2022.  The BIC supports the intent of the National Electric Vehicle Strategy Consultation paper which covers a range of goals and although the bus and coach industry are broadly supportive of these goals, highlighting two main concerns with the strategy.  The bus and coach industry in Australia is uniquely placed to be an exemplar of how to transition heavy vehicles to zero …

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BIC Submission to the Heavy Vehicle Charges Determination: Consultation Regulation Impact Statement [June 2021]

This submission responds to the NTC consultation paper, Heavy Vehicle Charges Determination: Consultation Regulation Impact Statement, June 2021 (NTC 2021).  The NTC paper develops three alternative heavy vehicle charging options, in addition to the status quo, and is seeking feedback on those alternatives and on their derivation. Taking feedback on the paper into account, the NTC intends to develop a heavy vehicle charges determination that will form the basis for setting heavy vehicle road use charges to apply for 2022-23. It …

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Submission | DSAPT Stage 2 Response

The purpose of this Submission is to provide responses to the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport: Consultation Regulation Impact Statement for Stage 2 Reforms. Queries or feedback relating to this submission can be emailed to Download the submission  >>

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BIC Submission for the Federal Budget March 2022

The Australian Government in its Budget report for 2022 will aim to create jobs, guarantee the essential services, and build a more secure and resilient Australia. The BIC has provided a submission to Treasury outlining key recommendations to assist covid-recovery and covid-resilience efforts of the bus and coach industry. Our report also seeks funding to support net zero heavy vehicle safety and the necessary skilled and resilient workforce we need. Summary of key recommendations Zero Emission Fund the development of …

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