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WA's Transport Minister Troy Buswell said yesterday he had concerns about the reforms, which would see single national regulators established for maritime, rail safety and heavy vehicles.
The comments increase the likelihood the Gillard government will develop plans to dock reform incentive payments and infrastructure funding from states that are resisting the reforms.
The new rules were supposed to be signed at this Friday's Council of Australian Governments meeting in Canberra.
"In regard to the maritime and rail safety components of the national reform package, we have some general concerns over legislative framework and apportionment of cost," Mr Buswell said.
"We have more significant concerns in regard to the heavy vehicle component, specifically in regard to fatigue management, local productivity and other uniquely West Australian elements embedded in our state-based regulations.
"We will be guided by one principle when assessing the proposal in detail, and that is if it is good for WA then we'll give it thorough consideration.
"This is entirely consistent with the state's approach to national occupation health and safety regulations."
The comments come as Victoria threatened to derail the plans to adopt a national maritime safety regulator, claiming schools, scouts and yacht clubs could be penalised by the plan.
Victoria is also expected to raise concerns about rail and heavy vehicle safety reforms that are part of the transport plan.
On Sunday, federal Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese warned that states would not be eligible for federal funding unless they signed up to a plan for national transport regulation at the COAG meeting.
The government estimates the transport reform agenda is worth $30 billion to the economy over 20 years.
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