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BIC Submission to the NTC’s Heavy Vehicle Charging Determination

The Bus Australia Network (with significant input from BusVIC and Professor John Stanley), submitted its response to the NTC’s public consultation on its heavy vehicle charging determination for 2022-2023. The cost allocation methodology proposed by the NTC included significant changes from the previous approaches of the NTC. The BAN identified 2 particular high impact changes in the charging principles put forward: changes in the assessment of equivalent standard axle (ESA) impacts of different vehicle classes on HV road costs and changes in the way regulatory costs are allocated (such as funding the NHVR). The NTC points out that current heavy

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BIC Submission to the NTC’s Assessing Fitness to Drive

The National Transport Commission conducted a review of their draft guideline on Assessing Fitness to Drive for Commercial and Private Vehicle Drivers (AFD). Primarily, the publication provides guidelines for medical and health professionals and licensing/transport authorities. The guidelines does not provide any standards for Employers who are predominantly reliant on the Employee to self-report. The Employer is also reliant on the health professional and the licensing authority to be accurate and timely in the provision of assessments or accreditation. The BIC submitted a response to the NTC on 11 June 2021 and provides: responses to questions raised in the Interim

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BIC Submission to the Reform of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport – Phase 1

BIC provided responses to 100-plus questions in the following reform areas of the Transport Standards: Staff Training and Communication Mobility Aid Safety Priority Seating Allocated Spaces in Transit Digital Information Screens Website Accessibility Communication during Service Disruption Assistance Animal Toileting Facilities Emergency Egress Fit for Purpose Accessways Wayfinding Tactile Ground Surface Indicators Provision of information in multiple forms. The BIC also provided an over-arching executive statement. The Australian bus and coach sectors are one of the most highly regulated in the heavy vehicle industry. Generally, this regulation occurs via state-based transport legislation and operational contracts. As all route, and the

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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

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BIC Submission to the Consultation Draft of the National Road Safety Strategy 2021-30

This submission provides a response to the Office of Road Safety and their National Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030. The BIC addresses regional and remote access with better transport options, heavy vehicle safety and regulation, and outlines a 10-point action plan for a national bus safety strategy. The main issues raised by the BIC were: Better transport options and assistance in regional areas. Sustainable community transport Safety regulations – Heavy Vehicle National Law Common approach to Safety standards Current safety technology in buses and coaches Speed limit controls Industry Advisories and Codes. Download the Submission Download

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BIC Submission to the draft Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) on its Heavy Vehicle Emission Standards for Cleaner Air [Euro VI]

This BIC submission supports Euro VI (conditional) early implementation dates and equivalent alternative standards. On 26 February 2021, the BIC provided a submission to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications on its draft Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) on its Heavy Vehicle Emission Standards for Cleaner Air [Euro VI]. The Department in its draft RIS sought feedback from the heavy vehicle industries on whether and when Australia should adopt more stringent noxious emissions standards. This is not only to achieve a reduction in transport-related air pollution but to make sure that the Australian vehicle market keeps pace with

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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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