AusRAIL, Market Sectors

NTC calls for comment on next steps

<p>The National Transport Commission (NTC) has released a discussion paper on its strategic direction to 2010&#4711 for public comment.</p> <p>Focus group discussions with stakeholders held around Australia during April and May 2007 have informed the development of the NTC’s proposed strategic directions and reform initiatives.</p> <p>NTC said the sector needed to &#8220work smarter&#8221 to accommodate the predicted growth in the transport task, while keeping cost structures competitive and reducing the quantity of external costs suffered. </p> <p>&#8220Simply throwing more inputs at the problem will not meet the challenge because such inputs will only be provided if the market price rises,&#8221 it said. </p> <p>&#8220Increases in input costs will be passed on by suppliers to the end users of transport services. </p> <p>&#8220Holding all else constant, this will impact negatively on gross domestic product and Australian living standards.&#8221</p> <p>Stakeholders and interested parties are encouraged to provide feedback by September 16</p> <p>For more, go to: http:&#47&</p> <br />