Repeal of ineffectual heavy vehicle devices

Media Release

WT247/2014

02 December 2014

The Australian Government has removed more regulatory red tape for heavy vehicle operators registered under the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss described regulations requiring B-double trucks to be fitted with additional spray suppression devices around their wheel arches as unnecessary and failing to align with laws applying to state registered vehicles.

“In practice, these devices have been found to be ineffectual in reducing tyre spray on wet roads, but impose a significant cost on truck operators who have to fit and maintain them.”

“Research indicates the spray suppression devices provide no added safety benefit to other road users, like standard mudguards, that are already installed on all such vehicles.”

Mr Truss said the removal of this unnecessary regulatory burden will save the heavy vehicle industry around $8.3 million a year and brings the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme into line with B-doubles operating under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

“The government has worked closely with the Australian Trucking Association to negotiate the removal of this regulatory burden,” Mr Truss said.

“This is a victory for common sense and will remove yet another barrier for the heavy vehicle industry in moving freight across our borders efficiently and productively.

“The new regulatory arrangements are effective immediately.”