THE trucking industry in Queensland has welcomed the passage of new laws to make the state a part of the new national heavy vehicle regulator.
Queensland Trucking Association chief executive Peter Garske, who also sits on the national advisory board on the proposed regulator, said the passage of the laws was delayed by the calling of the state election in March.
He said while it was only the first step at the state level, the regulator should eventually increase productivity and efficiency for the sector as well as improve road safety for all road users.
The national regulations that will come from the body will apply to heavy vehicles over 4.5 tonnes and government analysis showed it could have flow-on benefits for the state economy of about $1.5billion in saved costs.
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