Following a period of public consultation, the National Transport Commission has released its planned changes to the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail.
Geoff Allan, acting chief executive of the NTC, encouraged medical experts, Australia’s rail industry, and rail safety workers to consider making a submission to the report, which can be done until July 29.
Now, Chief Executive of the NTC Paul Retter claims the proposed changes would 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 two tonnes 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,” Mr Retter said.
“However we are keen to hear from a range of views about whether they are an appropriate and effective way of doing this.”
Mr Retter encouraged dangerous goods technical experts, chemical manufacturers and importers, the Australian transport industry, and other members of Australian society to have their say on the proposed changes by Tuesday, 9 August 2016.