The National Transport Commission (NTC) is reviewing the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).
The NTC has adopted a first-principles approach to the HVNL review. Rather than simply looking to the existing law as a starting point, assumptions underpinning the existing law are being drawn out and tested. The goal of the HVNL review is an entirely new law.
The purpose of this issues paper is to:
- describe good regulation and options for regulatory approaches
- summarise the current state of the HVNL
- identify and confirm problems with the current regulatory approach, and
- seek preliminary views on the ways we can improve heavy vehicle regulation.
The issues paper explores the regulatory style and structure of the HVNL and presents a model for thinking about ‘how’ to regulate the use of heavy vehicles. This model of thinking will be applied in forthcoming issues papers.