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IMPROVING ROAD FREIGHT AND LOGISTICS PRODUCTIVITY A KEY FOCUS

News Release

Thursday, 12 May 2016

IMPROVING ROAD FREIGHT AND LOGISTICS PRODUCTIVITY A KEY FOCUS

The Local Government Association of Queensland and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator have signed a formal agreement to improve the safety and productivity of the local government road freight network.

The Memorandum of Agreement outlines how both organisations will work together to improve the service delivery of councils in their capacity as the local level “road managers” of their network. 

LGAQ CEO Greg Hallam welcomed the agreement, saying it would improve freight and logistics system performance, safety and productivity, and in turn, deliver greater economic outcomes both in Queensland and nationally.

Under the Heavy Vehicle National Law, local government is responsible for permitting restricted access vehicles (RAVs) on local roads and the conditions under which they will operate.

“Queensland’s 77 local governments manage about 153,000km of local roads, many of which service vital ‘first and last mile’ linkages to strategic freight routes across the state,” Mr Hallam said.

“The LGAQ acknowledges that delivering safe and efficient heavy vehicle permit arrangements at the local level is a high priority for the road freight and logistics industry and the Queensland economy in general.

“Councils have a vital role in ensuring timely and safe access for heavy vehicle.”

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the Memorandum of Agreement with the LGAQ would streamline heavy vehicle access.

“A total of 2.1 billion tonnes of freight is moved by road annually throughout Australia with 22 per cent originating in Queensland – the second highest amount behind NSW,” Mr Petroccitto said

“Road is the predominant mode for the transportation of freight in Queensland, with freight tonnages predicted to continue to increase over the coming decades.

“I’m pleased to be working with the LGAQ to improve the permit system at the local level and make sure the heavy vehicle industry is meeting their expectations.”

Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006


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