The National Transport Commission (NTC) has released proposed improvements to the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail.
NTC chief executive Paul Retter says the proposed code includes changes to help align it with the latest UN recommendations (UN19), specific Australian changes and improvements to rules governing the transport of dangerous goods in limited quantities, as approved in principle by the Ministerial Council in 2015.
"We continually update the Code to keep Australians safe and to cut unnecessary red tape on business," says Retter.
Retter says the proposed changes will cut the red tape faced by people transporting limited quantities of household and personal care goods classified as dangerous, implement a common placard limit of 2 T for all movements of limited quantities of goods classified as dangerous, and allow retail packages of very small quantities of goods classified as dangerous to be transported in a mixed package to be carried as general freight.
"These changes have been designed to help businesses get their goods to market efficiently without imposing a detectable level of risk to the Australian public," he adds.
"However, we are keen to hear from a range of views about whether they are an appropriate and effective way of doing this."
Interested parties can have their say by visiting www.ntc.gov.au