ALC chief executive Michael Kilgariff.
The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) says it is imperative that the national transport regulators, commencing in January 2013 for heavy vehicles, rail safety and maritime safety, are truly national in both practice and name.
"The freight logistics industry is committed to seeing this critical micro-economic reform delivered, but we are equally determined to see a system put in place which delivers the intended economic benefits," says ALC chief executive Michael Kilgariff.
"For this to occur, we need single national regulators 'with teeth' to ensure national laws operate in a uniform fashion nationally."
The ALC has released a policy on national transport legislation which identifies three keys to success to maximise the economic benefits from this reform.
It states the national regulators must:
* Replace the 23 state-based regulators with current responsibility for administering transport laws;
* Have full responsibility for policy and legislation development;
* Receive adequate funding in the form of transferred funds from the state jurisdictions, with powers to use these funds to administer all elements of the national laws.