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The National Transport Commission (NTC) will embark on three new projects to address Australia’s current and emerging strategic transport challenges after business cases were approved by Australia’s transport ministers.

New NTC projects to help Australia prepare for driverless vehicles and address strategic transport problems

7 December 2015

The National Transport Commission (NTC) will embark on three new projects to address Australia’s current and emerging strategic transport challenges after business cases were approved by Australia’s transport ministers.

Chief Executive of the NTC Paul Retter said Australia needed a productive transport network for a growing economy and these projects would help deliver the most efficient transport options our country needed.

The NTC has now commenced its Preparing for more automated road and rail vehicles project that focuses on identifying any legislative obstacles that might limit the uptake of automated vehicles in the future.

“We need to make sure Australia is in a position to maximise the enormous social and financial benefits that automated vehicles can offer,” Mr Retter said.

In mid-2016 the NTC will also formally start two projects that are vital to better understanding the economic impacts of the transport

  • the National surface transport productivity framework project will help identify what industry and governments can do to improve transport productivity.
  • the Who moves what where project will help fill the information gaps that currently exist in our understanding of the market structure of transport operators.

“Now that we have established national transport regulators, the NTC can continue to incrementally shift our focus from operational issues to more strategic policy issues that may well become entrenched problems if we don’t start tackling them now,” Mr Retter said.

More information about these projects will be available next year.

Project

Current status

Preparing for more automated road and rail vehicles - identifying any regulatory barriers will prepare Australia for more automated road and rail vehicles by examining any regulatory barriers to be used in Australia. The NTC will work closely with Austroads, and all governments and industry to get the regulatory frameworks right.

 

The project has now commenced.

National surface transport productivity framework project will identify where industry and governments can act to improve transport productivity.

 

More detailed planning for these projects will commence soon, and industry and government will be closely involved in the development and delivery of these projects.

Who moves what where seeks to better inform future planning and policy development by filling a significant gap in data about the market structure of transport operators – road and rail, passenger and freight.

 

Last Updated: 18/11/2016