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Tony Wilson steps down as NTC chief

<p>Tony Wilson, chief executive and commissioner of the National Transport Commission has announced that he is to step-down next month.</p> <p>Mr Wilson joined the National Road Transport Commission (NRTC) in April 2001 and managed the extension of the commission’s charter from the road mode to include regulatory and operational reforms in rail and intermodal sectors of transport. </p> <p>This culminated in the Rail Safety Bill, which will provide a nationally consistent legislative framework for rail safety across all states and territories for the first time.</p> <p>Transport ministers from around the nation approved a package of national rail safety reform at the Australian Transport Council meeting in Sydney on June 2.</p> <p>Mr Wilson’s contribution also includes the delivery of chain of responsibility reforms, which puts the onus for on-road compliance on all parties in the supply chain and the development of world-leading heavy vehicle driver fatigue reforms. Both promise to improve safety outcomes in the transport industry.</p> <p>Mr Wilson said the NTC’s next major challenge &#8211 delivery of the Council of Australian Governments’ reform package &#8211 required a long-term commitment and this was an appropriate time to hand-over to a new leader. </p> <p>The COAG agenda embraces many policy initiatives led by the NTC for more productive, safer and sustainable road and rail transport to better manage the growing freight task.</p> <p>The NTC has begun the search for a replacement chief.</p> <br />