Bills Digest No. 2 2003-04
Commission (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions)
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National Transport Commission
(Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill
4 June 2003
House: House of Representatives
Portfolio: Transport and Regional
The main provisions in the
Act will commence at the same time as the commencement of the
National Transport Commission Act 2003.
The purpose of the Bill is to provide
consequential and transitional provisions that are necessary on the
repeal of the National Road Transport Commission Act 1991
and the commencement of the National Transport Commission Act
The background to this Bill is found in the
accompanying Bills Digest No. 1, 2003 04 for the National Transport
Commission Bill 2003.
The National Transport Commission (NTC) will
replace the National Road Transport Commission (NRTC). The NTC has
a broader focus and its functions will include the formulation of
model legislation for intermodal transport systems involving both
road and rail. A range of consequential amendments are necessary to
omit 'Road' from the title of the NTC. References to the enabling
principal Act, the National Transport Commission Act 2003,
are also required.
The NTC is required to consult with the
National Environment Protection Council in the development of noise
or emission standards for motor vehicles. The NTC must also consult
with the National Environment Protection Council in the preparation
of the NTC's 3 year strategic plans.
Items 1 and
2 update the references in the National
Environment Protection Council Act 1994 to the NTC and its
Item 3 removes the sunset
provision at section 46 of the NRTC Act 1991 to allow the
transition of the functions of the NRTC to the new and enhanced (in
terms of functions) NTC.
Item 4 repeals the whole of
the NRTC Act 1991.
Items 5 to 8
omit the word 'Road' from references to the N[R]TC in the Road
Transport Charges (Australian Capital Territory) Act 1993
which sets 'uniform' annual registration charges for heavy vehicles
with the aim of recovering full road damage costs.
Item 1 authorises the
transfer of assets from the NRTC to the NTC.
Item 2 continues the
obligations imposed on members of the NRTC to prepare an annual
report and financial statements for the residual period of
operation of the NRTC within the financial year 2003-2004 (i.e. up
until the commencement of the replacement NTC).
Item 3 provides continuity
for matters contained in model road transport legislation developed
by the NRTC and implemented or referred to in the legislation of
Australian jurisdictions at State and Territory level.
30 July 2003
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