Transporters happy with Buswell reply

25 Feb, 2011 02:00 AM
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LRTAWA executive officer Jan Cooper (left), Member for Agricultural Region Jim Chown, LRTAWA committee member Steven Marley, LRTAWA president Grant Robins and LRTAWA committe member Darren Power .
LRTAWA executive officer Jan Cooper (left), Member for Agricultural Region Jim Chown, LRTAWA committee member Steven Marley, LRTAWA president Grant Robins and LRTAWA committe member Darren Power .

LIVESTOCK and Rural Transport Association of WA (LRTAWA) president Grant Robins said he was happy with the response from Transport Minister Troy Buswell at a meeting at Parliament House last week.

Mr Robins and some LRTAWA committee members met with Mr Buswell to discuss possible changes to the Compliance and Enforcement legislation and issues relating to the national heavy vehicle regulator and heavy vehicle fatigue management.

Mr Robins said they were also pushing for amendments to the loading tolerances to as high as 20 per cent.

"Mr Buswell was very clear WA won't lose any productivity or efficiency," Mr Robins said.

"The LRTAWA are concerned about the impact the national heavy vehicle regulator could have on WA's productivity and efficiency.

"We were keen to hear what the minister's position was in this regard and it was a great relief to be reassured that the minister is determined to only pick up national laws that are good for WA, and even then it will only be after consultation with industry."

Mr Robins said they were pushing for changes to the search and inspection powers which allowed any road inspector to inspect a transporter's offices and trucks at any time.

"We are pushing for people with higher qualifications such as police or someone like that to make the inspections," he said.

Mr Robins said the heavy vehicle fatigue management system was also coming under review.

"WA has one of the most productive and efficient heavy vehicle transport sectors in the nation and it is obvious we have a Transport Minister who is interested in taking the industry further, cutting the red tape and not locking WA transport into rigid legislation," he said.

"We are looking forward to working with Mr Buswell in the future to make an efficient industry even better."

Mr Buswell said he was looking for more industry feedback when considering change.

"When I look at national moves to regulate, my question is simple," Mr Buswell said.

"Does it provide a better outcome for WA?"

"We will only adopt change if it is beneficial to the WA transport industry.

"WA transport is different to other states because of the distances and the roads but I want to rely on industry feedback.

"We are not going to adopt change just because it's national policy, it needs to benefit WA."

Member for the Agricultural Region Jim Chown was also at the meeting and expressed the importance of the LRTAWA meeting with Mr Buswell.

"The LRTAWA presently represents about 90pc of operators that transport the $1.5 billion livestock industry and a large percentage of operators that carry the $4-$5 billion grain industry," Mr Chown said.

"This significant representative body acts on behalf of more than the 100 heavy vehicle transport businesses throughout the Agricultural Region and regional WA."

"The LRTAWA is responsible for an industry which carries, by road, virtually every commodity necessary for industry, agriculture and domestic use.

"This week's meeting with Mr Buswell was pivotal to this important industry's future requirements, particularly in regard to the upcoming Compliance and Enforcement legislation that is likely to be addressed in the Parliament in the near future."

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