Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’ Brien
Consultation Sought On A Simplified Heavy Vehicle Mass Management Scheme
Victor P Taffa
Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’Brien today released a discussion paper on the development of a simplified mass management scheme for the road freight industry in Western Australia.
Mr. O’Brien said the release of the discussion paper was the latest step in the State Government’s drive for the safe and efficient transport of goods by road while protecting the State’s competitiveness in the wider global trading environment.
“The scheme under consideration is based on rewarding operators with increased mass limits, providing they adopt loading controls and management systems.” Mr. O’Brien said.
“While the paper recognises we must protect our road and bridge assets, it also suggests it would be in our State’s economic interests to allow higher productivity vehicles, which meet rigorous safety and operating standards, to use the road network.”
“It also aims to reduce the administrative burden for industry and regulatory agencies by implementing a simplified, streamlined mass management scheme.”
The discussion paper was developed by the Ministerial Heavy Vehicle Advisory Panel in consultation with Main Roads WA and the transport industry.
The panel provides advice to the Transport Minister on issues affecting WA’s road transport industry.
Mr. O’Brien said it was the panel’s intention to offer the public and transport industry an opportunity to provide input into the development of the mass management scheme.
The closing date for submissions is Friday, March 19, 2010.