BIC Submission to the Productivity Commission’s National Transport Regulatory Reform Review

In this submission, the BIC calls again for a reform that recognises the task of the bus cannot be categorised with other heavy vehicle classes carrying freight. The bus and coach industry is arguably the most heavily regulated sector in the heavy vehicle industry. Generally, this regulation occurs via state-based transport legislation rather than Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL). The HVNL needs to recognise the extensive regulation that already applies to bus and coach operators in different states around Australia. It is important that the new HVNL be broad enough to recognise such legislation, or it runs the risk of imposing different but comparable regulations on an already heavily regulated sector. The main issues with regard to National Regulator Reform are that:
  • buses, bus drivers and operators are already heavily regulated by the states and we strongly advocate for no second tiers of nationally based regulation.
  • with regards road access, the issue of routes approved by individual permit is not being added to the Approved Route lists so all buses of the same type can use the “permitted” route.
  • PBS is not generally found to be workable for buses/coaches.

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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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