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The newly-created National Road Transport Commission is up and running.

The Commission's charter is to introduce consistent national rules for heavy road transport vehicles throughout Australia.

Federal Land Transport Minister Bob Brown said today the new Commission would consult extensively with industry and government organisations in the coming months.

He said he was delighted with the structure of the NRTC, which also will examine and make recommendations on fair and efficient road user charges to the Federal, State and

ACT governments.

The Commission's chairman, Gordon Amedee, said the NRTC's first priority had been to establish a program to consult with all industry bodies as soon as possible.

Mr Amedee said the consultative process would be similar to that followed recently when the Commission met Western Australian transport industry representatives.

"The WA discussions helped us to realise that the quicker we explain to Australia's transport industry exactly what our charter is, and how we intend to bring about uniformity to the nation's transport rules, the sooner we can do our

job," he said.

The NRTC consists of Mr Amedee, former chief executive, managing director and chairman of Borg Warner (Australia); Mr John Stanley (deputy chairman), a prominent transport consultant and former chief economist with the Victorian

Premier's Department; and Dr John Taplin, currently Professor of Business Administration, University of Western Australia and formerly head of the WA Department of Transport.

Mr Amedee said: "The Commission's chief executive, Neil Aplin, is bringing together a strong team of transport economists, engineers and operators with significant private and public sector experience to assist the NRTC.

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"Mr Aplin has more than 20 years experience in transport, having worked in road construction, transport planning and policy areas. He was previously Deputy Secretary of the Department of Roads and Transport in Tasmania."

Meetings with industry are taking place in Melbourne this week. The Commission will then move on to South Australia next week, and NSW and Queensland in the week commencing 10 February. The Commission will also participate in a

three-day conference near Canberra from February 17-19 which has been organised by the Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Jim Snow.

Meetings are also planned for February 20 with the executive committee of the National Farmers1 Federation and with the Australian Automobile Association.

Further consultative meetings will be held throughout March and April.

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Media inquiries: NRTC - Norman Fay (03) 696-3544