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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

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BIC Submission to the NTC’s Phase 2 of the review of Heavy Vehicle National Law

In BIC’s submission to the NTC, we support HVNL that recognises that one size does not fit all when it comes to HV law – different sectors have different needs. HVNL needs to recognise the difference between truck and bus and the task undertaken including technical issues with vehicles and contracted operations – including specific recognition of existing national minimum safety standards for accreditation for buses and coaches. The HVNL needs to have a stronger performance and risk-based approach, that provides operational flexibility, is less prescriptive and offers performance based /alternative compliance approaches for operators to meet the law. This

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BIC Submission into the modernisation to the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Transport Standards)

This submission is a response to an email request from the Disabilities Transport Access Secretariat (Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications) on July 21, 2020 from Ms Jessica Hall and Mr Kevin Cocks AM, respective Chairs of the National Accessible Transport Steering Committee and the National Accessible Transport Taskforce (NATT). This submission provides input to the modernisation to the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Transport Standards) and aims to address three key issues put forward by the Department: mobility aid safety on buses website accessibility communication during planned and unplanned service disruptions. The information provided by

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