Issue 87 | 3 June 2020 Message from the CEOThe transition of NSW Class 1 Oversize and Overmass (OSOM) permit applications to the NHVR Portal marks the 12th and final permit delegation application returning from the state jurisdictions to the NHVR.It means all Restricted Access Vehicles requiring an access permit to travel now have a single point of contact through the NHVR Portal on the entire route, including state, territory and local council roads.The transition, which required cooperation between road managers, state government transport agencies and the NHVR, began with the transition of South Australia Class 3 permits in April 2017.The NHVR Portal now services more than 15,000 access customers and is on target to process almost 80,000 access permits in the current financial year.Overall the number of access permits required has decreased by about 40,000 per year over the past five years, due to the increased coverage of Notices.Before submitting your application, please check you actually require a permit, as you may be able to operate under a notice or approved network.Click here for more information https://bit.ly/3gM1kD5The NHVR Portal can be accessed at service.nhvr.gov.auSalNational Class 2 Road Train noticeA new national notice for road trains—the 2020 National Class 2 Road Train Notice—will commence on Thursday for road train access in NSW, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.NHVR Chief Regulatory Officer Don Hogben said the NHVR had been working closely with state and local government road managers to develop the Notice, which consolidates road train combination requirements, facilitates cross-border access and reduces permit volumes.“For the first time, Victoria is part of the national road train notice, granting access to 36.5m A-doubles on a road network previously only accessible by permit,” Mr Hogben said.“South Australia has enabled access under the Notice to 30m A-doubles, 36.5m B-triples and AB-triples, as well as rigid trucks towing two dog trailers—significantly reducing the number of permits required by operators of these combinations.> Read the full storyRear marker platesThe NHVR has agreed to extend the three-year transitional period for the transition to modern rear marker plates.NHVR Manager Vehicle Safety and Performance Peter Austin said the NHVR would move to a ‘grandfathering approach’ that would allow industry to upgrade plates when they are next due for replacement, rather than a fixed transition date.> Click here for more informationAccreditation applications transition to NHVR PortalAll NHVAS applications and transactions will be required to be lodged via the NHVR Portal from Wednesday, July 1.NHVAS Manager Darrin Rasmussen said NHVAS customers had been utilising the benefits of the NHVR Portal since November last year and most had made the transition to the digital platform.“There are significant benefits to submitting applications through the NHVR Portal, including reducing data re-entry and providing greater customer visibility of accreditation modules and case tracking activities,” Darrin said.> Read the full storyTemporary change to delivery of fatigue management modulesA temporary amendment is in place to allow NHVAS fatigue management training modules by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to be delivered via video conferencing, due to the requirement of social distancing and restriction related to coronavirus.This applies for NHVR registered RTOs that have approval to deliver NHVAS fatigue management modules TLIF0005 and TLIF0006.The RTO list will be regularly updated to include RTOs that have also been endorsed to deliver training by virtual means where required. This temporary change will remain until 30 September 2020 and will be reassessed as the social distancing and isolation restrictions change.> Click here for the list of NHVR registered RTOs on the Regulator’s websiteHave you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past few months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusIf you have any questions that we haven’t answered on this page you can contact us by phone on 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487), by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending us a message on Facebook.Connect with us Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online. Get in touch1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487)www.nhvr.gov.au Enjoying On The Road?Forward this email to share with a friend or click here to subscribe another address.
Issue 86 | 19 May 2020 Message from the CEODo you know a light vehicle driver who’s back on the roads after a few weeks in isolation? Tell a mate - we need space to keep you safe.As several industries re-open or increase capacity over the coming weeks, many light vehicle drivers will return to their normal commuter patterns.With about four-out-of-five crashes involving both heavy and light vehicles caused by the light vehicle driver, now more than ever it’s up to the industry to help influence behaviour.The NHVR’s We Need Space campaign was first launched in 2019 to promote safety information, including videos, posters and fact sheets featuring former Supercar champion Garth Tander and Tasmanian truck driver Kerri Connors.> All the material is available hereThis information will help you send the message that truck drivers need more space to keep everyone safe. Join us to provide this critical safety information to light vehicle drivers.SalSuccess in user pays trial for unloading frameA feasibility report into the trial of innovative infrastructure has demonstrated there is a demand for safer options for loading and unloading livestock.Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said that the trial of a Parallel Access Landing (PAL) frame included a user-pays option for drivers arriving at Kilcoy Global Foods.“Having seen the PAL frame in action, it’s clear that there are big safety benefits for operators as well as for livestock. It provides easy access to the top decks of trailers, keeping drivers safe from falls and separated from livestock at all times,” Mr Buchholz said.> Read the full articleSecond coming for NHVR’s Gap Assessment ToolNHVR’s Gap Assessment Tool had been simplified and upgraded to assist operators to examine their current systems against known risks and recognised best practice.The upgrade follows feedback from heavy vehicle operators who told us they wanted a quick and easy tool to assess their business’s safety compliance with their Chain of Responsibility obligations> Click here for more information or to access the toolA reminder for drivers in Tasmania and VictoriaAll drivers must safely slow down to 40km/h as they pass any stationary or slow moving police, emergency or enforcement vehicle with red, blue or magenta lights flashing.The rule includes NHVR vehicles displaying magenta lights.It applies to traffic travelling in either direction, unless there’s a dividing barrier between the motorist and the emergency vehicle.For more information is available for the following jurisdictions.> Click here for Victoria> Click here for TasmaniaChanges to South Australian entry conditionsThe South Australian Government has issued a new requirement for crossing the border into South Australia.Essential travelers (including heavy vehicle drivers) are required to keep records of close contacts for a 14-day period from the date of arrival in South Australia.For more information visit> FAQs - Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 4) (COVID-19) Direction 2020> Ministerial notice - Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 4) (COVID-19) Direction 2020NHVR website updateThe NHVR website will be unavailable from 10am to noon on Saturday 23 May while we undertake some schedule maintenance.We apologise for any inconvenience. The NHVR Portal will be unaffected and you can still use all its services at www.service.nhvr.gov.auHave you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past few months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusIf you have any questions that we haven’t answered on this page you can contact us by phone on 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487), by email at email@example.com or by sending us a message on Facebook.Connect with us Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.
Issue 85 | 5 May 2020 Message from the CEONational Road Safety Week may have been re-scheduled to November, but heavy vehicle safety is still our top priority.The NHVR is continuing to work with the heavy vehicle supply chain to ensure it is operating at an efficient and safe level despite the changed conditions over the past few months.In particular, I want to avoid the situation where drivers are forced to take unnecessary risks.Now more than ever we are relying on Chain of Responsibility laws to keep drivers safe.If you’re involved in the heavy vehicle supply chain take the time to become familiar with questions such as: What is a transport activity; What are the roles that come under Chain of Responsibility, and What is reasonable practicability.The NHVR has released a series of CoR Quick Briefs. Click here and please spend 15 minutes to find the answer to these questions and more.And check out the tools that are available as part of the NHVR’s Safety Management System or the heavy vehicle industry’s own Master Code of Practice.Heavy vehicle safety is everyone’s responsibility. So please ensure heavy vehicle drivers and members of the heavy vehicle supply chain are working together to make your business a safe business.SalTruckie mental and physical health in Whiteline Television focusTips on what to eat, how to exercise and what signs to recognise for mental health are tackled in a new series of videos for truck drivers.The series was developed by Whiteline Television and provides practical tips from truckies who are often on the road for several days at a time.They were funded from Round 4 of the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Australian Government.> You can see the videos at www.truckingnation.com.au> Read the full announcement hereUpdated notices bring increased benefitsAlmost one-third of New South Wales oversize overmass (OSOM) permits will be removed under updated Class 1 notices.The updated Multi-State Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicles Dimension and Mass Exemption Notices included increases in mass and dimensions in NSW and South Australia.In New South Wales, the mass has been increased up to 115 tonnes and the width has been increased up to 5.0 metres.Some of the key improvements in South Australia include an increase in mass up to 100 tonnes and an increased width of up to 4.6 metres.> See the full announcement hereAre you in the NHVAS maintenance module and looking to re-register a heavy vehicle in Queensland?Transport and Main Roads Queensland has released temporary measures for individuals and businesses that have cancelled their heavy vehicle registration due to financial impacts of COVID-19.> Click here for more detailsThe change will allow operators who have de-registered a Queensland-plated vehicle after 29 January 2020, to re-register the vehicle without a Certificate of Inspection (COI). If you’re operating under NHVAS, check out the latest advice from the NHVR here www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusHave you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past six weeks, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusIf you have any questions that we haven’t answered on this page you can contact us by phone on 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487), by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending us a message on Facebook.
Issue 84 | 21 April 2020 Message from the CEOThere are a growing number of conversations about the physical safety and mental wellbeing of heavy vehicle drivers.The NHVR has recognised the need for ongoing support and information for drivers with funding for two important studies as part of our Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.Even in their early stages the studies by Perth-based Injury Matters and by Canberra-based OzHelp highlight the vast challenges faced by truck drivers even before the changes that have occurred over the last six weeks. I look forward to releasing the results of these studies in the coming weeks and months.It’s been a difficult year with the bushfires and now the pandemic response. Tensions around service centres, truck stops and transfer facilities are likely to be higher than normal.Drivers, members of the supply chain, service centres and authorised officers are all in this together and we need to support and respect each other now more than ever.Sal$249,500 enforceable undertaking for chain of responsibility educationThe NHVR has accepted an enforceable undertaking from Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd that will see $249,500 contributed to chain of responsibility education. The EU stems from an allegation by Roads and Maritime Services that on 16 October 2018 and 24 May 2019 LORAC failed to comply with the mass requirements as required by s 96(1)(c) of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said that the EU was a first for the NHVR and was an appropriate alternative to prosecution in the circumstances. Click here to read the full statementVisual inspections continue as RBT calibration relaxedThe NHVR has granted a temporary relaxation of calibration requirements for roller-brake testing (RBT) equipment.NHVR Vehicle Safety and Performance Manager Peter Austin said the NHVR’s National Roller Brake Test Procedure required that machines used to conduct tests are calibrated in accordance with the manufacturers’ standards every 12 or 24 months.“We have had manufacturers come to us reporting difficulty in achieving some of the calibration requirements because of the current travel restrictions,” Mr Austin said.“We want to support industry and recognise this relaxation will only affect a small number of testing units.”“Not having a machine calibrated can have minor impacts on the machine and accuracy of tests, so we have provided some practice guidance, including using additional visual inspections that can be conducted to validate the test results.”Click here for the full articlePBS third party assessor roles made clearPerformance Based Standards (PBS) certifiers provide an important service and recent restriction of movements may impact their ability to physically inspect a vehicle.The NHVR has provided advice to allow the certification process to continue to ensure that vehicles have been built to the PBS Design Approval.Click here for the updated Information for PBS Assessors and Certifiers fact sheetHave your say on freight productivity and livestock supply chainFeedback on the Livestock Supply Chain Review Issues Paper, Improving awareness and practices in the livestock supply chain, closes on Friday, April 24.For more information or to lodge a submission visit www.nhvr.gov.au/about-us/consultationOpened service centres welcomed by driversThank you to the retailers and heavy vehicle operators that have provided information to update the NHVR Service Centre map.The map was launched earlier this month to show which service centres, truck stops and roadhouses remain open for heavy vehicle drivers.Stakeholder Engagement and Customer Experience Manager John Gilbert thanked service centres for their efforts in remaining open to support drivers.“I know many truck drivers are grateful for somewhere clean to stop, get a feed and a rest,” John said.“We’ve been made aware of a small number of issues in relation to theft and vandalism, which have been passed on to police.“I’d urge all road users to respect the amenities that have remained open for their use.”If you have been out on the roads and seen a business that isn’t listed on the map please get in touch with us via email at email@example.comMeet the operators on our new ‘On Channel’ seriesFrasers Livestock Transport is now in its 76th year of operation, transporting sheep, cattle and pigs across eastern Australia. With nearly 60 trucks in their fleet, chances are you’ve seen one of the signature green vehicles on the road. We had a chat to Warwick Fraser about how their business uses the different features in the NHVR Portal, and how it's adapted its operations in this unusual period.Watch the video on our Facebook channel
Issue 83 | 9 April 2020 Message from the CEOI’d like to wish everyone across the heavy vehicle industry a safe and happy Easter, and thank them for their efforts and resilience over the past few weeks.As I reflect on the past fortnight it is obvious that some supply chains are stretched with the additional freight requirements, while many others are experiencing a downturn.At the NHVR we are seeing a lot of new customers applying for access permits to operate on different networks, to support the demand. It’s also reflected in the number of questions we’ve received over the phone, on line and through social media.As this transition continues I urge you to continue to engage with the NHVR to ensure you are meeting your legal and safety requirements.A lot may have changed recently, but heavy vehicle safety is still paramount, particularly over the Easter long weekend.SalMap to support drivers to manage fatigueThe NHVR has today launched a new online tool that maps service centres, truck stops and roadhouses that remain open for heavy vehicle drivers.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said that the tool provided information about services and trading hours for service centres right across the country. “Having access to food, showers, toilets and appropriate rest is critical for drivers to properly manage their fatigue,” Mr Petroccitto said. “This new mapping tool will allow drivers to jump online and see quickly which facilities are still operational and providing these important services, allowing them to plan routes and breaks.Read more about the truck stop toolEaster travel changesOver the Easter holiday period, a number of road transport agencies have relaxed Easter travel restrictions for agricultural, Oversize and Over mass, and special purpose heavy vehicles due to COVID-19.However there are slight variations for each state and territory.Click here for the latest information on current Easter travel requirements.Please note, heavy vehicle access arrangements may change at short notice and we strongly recommend operators check this page or with the relevant state and territory road transport authorities prior to travel.Heavy vehicle safety in focusHeavy vehicle operators are being urged to ensure their operations remain safe as unprecedented demand puts pressure on freight supply chains.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto reminded operators of their Chain of Responsibility obligations and to avoid putting drivers under undue pressure.“We’re concerned by reports that drivers are under increased pressure to meet deadlines,” Sal said.Click here for the full statement with NHVR, Transport for NSW and police agenciesHave your say on freight productivity and livestock supply chainSubmissions for two key heavy vehicle industry policy documents closer later this month.Feedback on the Draft Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan 2020–2025, which outlines a national agenda for improving heavy vehicle access and productivity, closes on Friday, April 17.Feedback on the Livestock Supply Chain Review Issues Paper, Improving awareness and practices in the livestock supply chain, closes on Friday, April 24.For more information on both papers or to lodge a submission visit www.nhvr.gov.au/about-us/consultationStay safe this Easter with the Daily ChecklistThe NHVR’s Daily Checklist has been relaunched to assist drivers with their vehicle inspections ahead of the Easter long weekend.The latest version of the Daily Checklist was updated following industry feedback to include checking engine and drivetrain warnings and checking all couplings and connectors are correctly attached.A daily check is a quick visual inspection that can be undertaken on a heavy vehicle prior to leaving the yard, depot or rest area.Click here for the Daily ChecklistAdditional items and areas to check can be obtained from the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual which contains a full list of components and their inspection criteria.
Issue 82 | 01 April 2020 | Coronavirus Special Edition Message from the CEOOur country is experiencing a health crisis unlike anything any of us have ever seen before.As things change rapidly, at home and abroad, the heavy vehicle industry is once again demonstrating how absolutely essential it is to the health and wellbeing of all Australians and our economy.At the NHVR, our priorities haven’t changed. We continue to operate at full service levels to support the industry to be as safe and productive as possible. This is even more important now, than it ever has been before.To that end, we have been working closely with industry and government agencies to streamline processes and deliver greater certainty for operators.All changes can be accessed from the homepage of the NHVR website at www.nhvr.gov.auWe will keep the industry consistently updated, as things change in the coming weeks and months.SalService centres continue supporting truck driversThis week’s announcement by National Cabinet to allow service centres and truck stops to remain open for heavy vehicle drivers has been welcomed by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and industry.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said that a set of standard protocols would support both businesses and drivers to stay safe through this period.“For road freight to move safely, truck driver health and fatigue needs to be managed with regular breaks and facilities for truck drivers to eat, shower, use restrooms, refuel and rest comfortably before resuming their work,” Mr Petroccitto said. “These sensible guidelines will help to keep facilities open by prioritising the health and safety of both staff and drivers as they carry out the incredibly important roles they are playing in the midst of this crisis.> Read the full article about service centresHave you got a question about coronavirus changes?If you have any questions you can contact us by phone on 1300 MYNHVR, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending us a message on Facebook.Is freight exempt from border closures?Yes, the vast majority of freight is exempt from border closures.However, some states have additional requirements in place. All information can be found at: NHVR Coronavirus responseVisit the website for answers to more frequently asked questions.Should we cease two-up movements given the difficulty in maintaining 1.5 metres of contact between drivers?Will exemptions be introduced for work and rest hours if drivers are unexpectedly delayed at borders?Do drivers have a right to refuse entry into their cab of Authorised Officers given the need for social distancing?> Read the answers to these Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions on our websiteEnhanced route planning feature now availableUsers of the Route Planner in the NHVR Portal can now translate a visual map into a text-based distance and time description of their route to help them plan and cost their trip.The new tool will help operators determine the distance travelled against a single route and can be used to calculate fuel consumption costs. This will give operators a stronger understanding of the true costs associated with a given route.The distance and time information can be found in the new dedicated 'DISTANCE' tab.We're also finalising a 'Turn-by-Turn' feature to be released shortly.Temporary variations for Class 1 OSOM escort requirements in QueenslandTemporary variations to Class 1 Oversize Over Mass (OSOM) escort requirements will commence in Queensland today (1 April 2020) while Queensland Police Service (QPS) resources are redirected to coronavirus activities.Operators of Class 1 OSOM loads that don’t exceed 5.5 metres in width and 35 metres in length may use the following temporary escorting arrangements from 1 April: Existing arrangementsVariation arrangementsNo traffic control requiredOne QPS escort and two level two escortsTwo level two escorts and two level one pilotsSome traffic control requiredOne QPS escort and two level two escortsFour level two escortsLoads exceeding 5.5 metres in width and 35 metres in length will continue to require QPS escorts. Please note that QPS availability to escort these will be limited.> Read the full article about Qld Class 1 OSOM requirements on our websiteAmendments to PBS Frontal Swing RequirementsAmendments to the PBS Frontal Swing standard will begin from today (April 1 2020).NHVR’s Chief Engineer, Les Bruzsa said the increase will allow for greater flexibility for PBS vehicle designs.“The rigid truck and prime mover performance measure of 0.7m has been found to be restrictive for twin-steer and longer wheelbase PBS vehicles, especially when fitted with bull bars,” Les said.“Increasing the performance measures to 0.85m will address industry concerns and will reduce the need for PBS vehicles to obtain frontal swing exemptions, especially A-Double and truck and dog combinations.”> Read more about the amendments to PBS frontal swing requirementsHalf tracked rubber tracked tractors now allowed on roadsFarmers are now able to operate half tracked rubber tracked tractors on public roads without a permit following recent amendments to the National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2019.The NHVR undertook engineering assessments and consultation on the infrastructure impacts of these vehicles, which showed they imposed no greater risk than the vehicles already allowed by the Notice.> Read more about tracked tractor updates
Issue 81 | 27 March 2020 | Coronavirus Special Edition Message from the CEOThe NHVR Portal is continuing to provide a range of services for customers and road managers during these challenging times.The Portal is the place to manage all your business for Accreditation, Vehicle Standards, Registration services and Access Permits. It is also being used by road managers to assess permit applications.During this time, please be patient when using these services as our staff, service providers or road managers may be impacted.You can use the NHVR Portal to prepare, lodge and track your applications or requests, and there is an Information Request feature to ask questions or raise issues with us.Like all businesses, the NHVR has planned for disruptions, but we are committed to providing you with the highest level of service during this difficult period.SalNHVR extends supplementary record use to 30 daysThe NHVR has announced an extension to the time limit drivers may use a supplementary work diary record, as part of its ongoing efforts to assist industry through the coronavirus pandemic.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said that from Wednesday April 1, drivers can use supplementary records for up to 30 driver business days, compared to the current seven day limit.“Drivers who complete, lose or have their diary stolen or destroyed and can’t get an immediate replacement can use the Diary Daily Sheets for up to 30 days,” Sal said.> Read more about the supplementary record changesUpdate on cross-border travelWestern Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland and Tasmania have border restrictions in place. There are currently no restrictions in place for travel between Victoria, NSW and the ACT.Despite these restrictions, all freight movements are continuing. It’s business as usual.However we ask that you keep abreast of information provided by State, Territory and Federal Government agencies.> Read more cross-border travel updates and download formsNHVR reducing burden on industry accreditationThe National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has announced temporary changes to National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) medical requirements and face-to-face audit requirements, in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the regulator has listened to the industry and the common-sense changes would be implemented from Wednesday 25 March.“We are making some practical changes that will help to take pressure off the health system and support operators and drivers in a time of unprecedented demand,” Sal said. > Read more about accreditation updatesSimple steps to avoid coronavirusThe NHVR is urging heavy vehicle drivers and operators to take steps to maintain their health and wellbeing while health authorities continually update advice on the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).The most important thing you can do to protect yourself, your staff and colleagues is to practice good hygiene, including:washing your hands regularly and where available use hand sanitiserkeeping work areas, eating surfaces and benches clean, through increased regular cleaningcovering your mouth while coughing or sneezingavoiding close contact with anyone who has flu-like symptoms.Operators and drivers should also carry additional hand sanitiser where they have access to it.If you become unwell or suspect you may have symptoms of coronavirus, please seek medical assistance regardless of whether you believe you may have come into contact with someone with the illness. If you are unwell, regardless of the cause, please stay home.You can find more information about coronavirus at https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
THIS IS FROM AN ACCOUNTANT, SOME PILOTS MAY BE ENTITLED TO THE STIMULUS PACKAGES! PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR ACCOUNTANT DETAILS AS SUPPLIED TO THEAttached are some preliminary information packs that may be of interest to your business. Please note this is yet to be legislated via Parliament (hopefully sooner than later) The purpose of these files is to provide an over view of Stimulus packages 1 and 2. (You only need to focus on those that are of interest to your business) Interested in purchasing new assets? Interested in purchasing new assets? (part b) Employers who have apprentice wages Interested in borrowing money for cash flow? protecting yourself from aggressive creditors Actual Cash refunds through the tax system Early access to your superannuation Having trouble paying tax debts? The ATO is willing to negotiate on a case by case basis. I suspect they will consider only genuinely cash strapped businesses
Issue 80 | 25 March 2020 | Coronavirus Special Edition Message from the CEOAustralia’s heavy vehicle freight and logistics supply chain is again demonstrating the vital role it plays no matter what the circumstance.In the past heavy vehicle drivers and operators have shown enormous resilience through bushfire, flood or cyclone but are now being tested like never before.This week we’ve worked closely with state governments, which are acting on advice from medical experts, to reduce cross-border travel to manage the spread of coronavirus.Governments have also responded quickly to remove curfews in many states to allow the delivery of goods into shopping centres and distribution centres. But more importantly reducing stress on drivers.Even in these early weeks of the coronavirus response, it is obvious that some parts of the heavy vehicle supply chain will be required to operate at capacity, while some sectors will be impacted by a reduction in other parts of the economy.The weeks and months ahead will present many challenges for all sectors and the broader Australian community.I’ve committed to ensuring that NHVR Safety and Compliance Officers and staff will endeavour to assist wherever possible to ensure the task is undertaken safely and vital and correct information is distributed as soon as we can.The NHVR is here to work with drivers and operators during these difficult times, I encourage you to contact us for assistance and we will try our best to help.Please take care and continue to excellent work you do safely.SalCross border arrangementsSeveral state road managers have placed restrictions on cross-border movements this week as a control measure against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).All governments are committed to ensuring the freight continues, with individual states issuing the below definitions of who is exempt from restrictions at their border.... > Read more about cross border arrangementsPractice Personal HygieneThe most important thing you can do to protect yourself, your colleagues and the public is to practice good hygiene, including:washing your hands regularly and using hand sanitiserkeeping work areas, eating surfaces and benches cleancovering your mouth while coughing or sneezingavoiding close contact with anyone who has flu-like symptomsOperators and drivers should carry additional hand sanitiser as it may not be otherwise available.If you become unwell or suspect you may have symptoms of coronavirus, please seek medical assistance regardless of whether you believe you may have come into contact with someone with the illness.You can find more information about coronavirus at:www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncovAmenity restrictions lifted from essential freight permitsThe NHVR has agreed to waive restrictions on all curfew permits, except those related to safety and access, to move general freight and grocery deliveries as part of the national response to coronavirus (COVID-19).NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the changes brought freight movements using permits into line with recent legislation introduced by state governments to reduce the impact of curfews or parking around distribution centres and local supermarkets.“B Doubles or PBS vehicles carrying general freight to distribution centres or retail outlets may have travel conditions listed in permits or notices based on safety, access or amenity concerns,” Mr Petroccitto said.“Officers have been advised that amenity-related restriction will not apply over the next three months, to support the movement of freight.> Read more about amenity restrictions
Issue 79 | 16 March 2020 Message from the CEOThe spread of COVID19 or coronavirus has led to uncertainty on many fronts for the heavy vehicle industry.Our primary concern is the well-being of staff and drivers, as well as the significant economic and operational burden, which is likely to remain for some time.At the time of writing the NHVR are maintaining our full service levels.Our on-road staff have been provided with disposable rubber gloves and hand sanitiser to be utilised when conducting road-side activities to reduce any contact or spread of the virus.Like all businesses we are continuing a process of on-going assessment of our capabilities and how we can deliver those services.However we will ensure we balance the needs of supporting a safe heavy vehicle industry with the need to conduct your operations and businesses during a time of great uncertainty.SalSimple steps to avoid coronavirusThe NHVR is urging heavy vehicle drivers and operators to take steps to maintain their health and wellbeing while health authorities continually update advice on the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).The most important thing you can do to protect yourself, your staff and colleagues is to practice good hygiene, including:washing your hands regularly and using hand sanitiserkeeping work areas, eating surfaces and benches cleancovering your mouth while coughing or sneezingavoiding close contact with anyone who has flu-like symptomsOperators and drivers should carry additional hand sanitiser.If you become unwell or suspect you may have symptoms of coronavirus, please seek medical assistance regardless of whether you believe you may have come into contact with someone with the illness. If you are unwell, regardless of the cause, please stay home.You can find more information about coronavirus at www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncovNHVR urges caution over spate of grape spillsThe NHVR is warning drivers to be aware of spilled grapes on South Australian roads. NHVR Manager Stakeholder Engagement John Gilbert said that it was critical that operators, vineyards, wineries and others involved in transporting grapes put in place robust safety systems to ensure a safe journey for everyone.“We want to see these grapes made into great South Australian wine, not left to rot on our highways,” John said. “So far in March we’ve seen around 10 major spills on state and local roads in the Riverland region. That’s following 30 major spills in February. > Click to read the full articleReport puts livestock supply chain safety in focusThe NHVR is calling for feedback on future safety reforms across the livestock supply chain. NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto told last week’s Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association’s 2020 Conference in Tamworth that the review would target several key areas where Chain of Responsibility laws applied to the movement of sheep and cattle.“We’ve identified a range of issues including loading practices, understanding of mass management and general understanding of regulatory responsibilities,” Sal said.“There are a number of questions raised about why overloading occurs, the pressures on drivers and how the livestock supply chain are meeting their safety responsibilities.”According to the Livestock Supply Chain Issues Paper, movement of sheep and cattle makes up about four per cent of the national freight task, but accounts for more than 10 per cent of accidents, including a significant number of rollovers.> Click to read the full storyReminder: Industry Safety SurveyA reminder to add your voice to our survey about how you tackle your safety responsibilities. NHVR Safety Assurance Director Greg Fill said the online safety survey would assist the NHVR to decide how best to develop future safety information.“We want to hear from everyone across the industry and supply chain about what they do to manage safety,” Greg said. The survey will allow the NHVR to continue to develop programs to support operators to meet their safety duties.The survey is voluntary and responses are confidential. It will be conducted by independent research company Insync and take about 10 minutes to complete.> Click here to access the survey. It’s open until 31 March.Watch your speed in B-triplesA reminder to all B-triple drivers that the maximum speed limit for these vehicles when operating on Queensland roads is 90km/h.In Queensland, the road rules limit the operation of all road trains to the lesser of the sign-posted speed limit and 90km/h. A B-triple is a road train.A previous condition of the National Road Train Notice suggested B-triples may operate at up to 100km/h. That condition was removed in October 2018.> Please see Information sheet – Speed limits for B-triples in Queensland for more details.Portal Training Event South Australia - PostponedPlease be advised that the Customer Portal Training being held on March 17, 2020 has been postponed.We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will be releasing new dates once they have been confirmed.Follow us on socialDuring this time, we will be updating our website with any relevant information for industry.We will also provide updates via our social media channels where required. Connect with us Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.
Message from the CEOWork being undertaken by heavy vehicle associations to develop and register Industry Codes of Practice is significantly important.An Industry Code of Practice establishes standards and procedures for parties across the supply chain to identify, analyse, evaluate and mitigate risks associated with meeting safety duties obligations.I commend the Australian Logistics Council and Australian Trucking Association for developing the original Master Code, based on NHVR guidelines.The NHVR approved the Master Code last year. However many sections of the heavy vehicle industry are unique and have taken an opportunity to build on the Master Code with more detail information specific to their particular task.I look forward to assessing the work being undertaken on the Crane Industry Code of Practice, Forestry Log Haulage Registered Code of Practice, Managing Effluent in the Livestock Supply Chain Code of Practice, Waste and Recycling Industry Code of Practice for Load Management, the Tasmanian Agriculture and Horticultural Registered Industry Code of Practice, Livestock Transport Code of Practice – Mass Management for livestock being transported to/from saleyards, lairages and feedlots and the Wine Industry Code of Practice.Thank you to all the organisations and groups involved in pulling this information together. It will be another boost for future safe and best practices within the heavy vehicle transport industry.Click here for more information on Registered Industry Codes of Practice or here for the Master Registered Code of Practice.SalPortal and database modernising heavy vehicle safety and productivityTechnology is allowing the NHVR to modernise the way heavy vehicle safety and productivity services are delivered.Using the mixture of data and digital platforms, the NHVR is continuing to explore new ways to make it easier to do business for one of the most important industries in Australia.The most recent leap forward came when the NHVR started integrating heavy vehicle data and information into a secure national database known as the Safety and Compliance Regulatory Platform.NHVR Solutions Director David Carlisle said this new data platform, along with the NHVR Portal, was delivering vastly improved digital capability and information that would greatly benefit heavy vehicle operations.> Read the full articleSurvey seeks insight into industry's safety managementThe NHVR is conducting its latest survey into how the heavy vehicle industry and supply chain is tackling their safety responsibilities.NHVR Safety Assurance Director Greg Fill said the online safety survey would assist the NHVR to decide how best to develop future safety information.“With the introduction of safety duties provisions in October 2018, we want to understand how these changes have impacted everyday safety practices.“We want to hear from everyone across the industry and supply chain about what they do to manage safety. Mr Fill said the survey would allow the NHVR to continue to develop programs to support operators to meet their safety duties.The survey is voluntary and responses are confidential. It will be conducted by independent research company Insync and take about 10 minutes to complete. The survey is open until the 31st March. > Click here to access the surveyFatigue Choices for work and rest hour flexibilityFlexibility for drivers using work and rest hours is within reach for many heavy vehicle operators.NHVR Fatigue Specialist Andreas Blahous said a new Fatigue Choice customer program would assist operators to ensure their business is making the most of existing fatigue laws.“Applying for AFM does not have to be a difficult process, but does require a commitment by the business and staff to some additional safety measures,” Andreas said.“From next week the NHVR will be going door-to-door to meet with operators across Australia to discuss their work and rest hour requirements and what options are available.> Read the full articleNew booklet for AFM preparationThe NHVR has recently released a new booklet Advance Fatigue Management – Preparation to apply, which is the third in the AFM series to assist operators.NHVR Fatigue Specialist Andreas Blahous said the booklet was designed to breakdown the components of an AFM application. “It provides plain English descriptions of the elements the NHVR reviews when it receives an application,” Andreas said.> Click here to download the Advance Fatigue Management – Preparation to apply bookletCustomer Portal Training - Adelaide, South AustraliaWould you like to learn more about vehicle configuration? 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Ready for guidance on how to use the NHVR portal?Our expert portal training team are making their way to Adelaide later this month to share some tips and tricks for using the latest features of the NHVR portal.Tuesday 17 MarchSARTA Office: Regency Park, South AustraliaIn late 2019 we released a range of new online services in the NHVR customer portal to make it easier to do your heavy vehicle business - from vehicle standards applications to managing your NHVAS accreditation.If you're near Adelaide, and would like some help getting started with the new features or understanding how the portal can make it easier for you to do business, please email us at email@example.com with your name, number of attendees and your topics of interest and we'll be in touch to confirm times.CoronavirusMany Australian industries are closely monitoring the potential impacts of coronavirus (COVID 19), following the Australian Government recently issuing a health alert as a precaution.Click here for the latest advice, information and contact details NHVR is now on InstagramFollow us on Instagram to keep up-to-date with NHVR projects and events.Connect with us and share your pictures from the road to be featured in our newsletter.Connect with us Having troubles viewing this email? 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Issue 77 | 17 Feb 2020 Message from the CEOHeavy vehicle operators have long called for standard compliance, across borders and between agencies responsible for its delivery.Changes have been occurring, through agreements such as the National Compliance and Enforcement Policy released in late 2018.However the NHVR took a big step toward standard compliance with the transition of heavy vehicle services from VicRoads in December and the official opening of our Melbourne base earlier this month.The transition of Victorian heavy vehicle services follows similar changes undertaken by state governments in South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.With borderless zones of operations, officers across the NHVR workforce will be able to deliver more consistent and broader services.This means our officers will no longer be restricted by borders when undertaking heavy vehicle compliance activities.It’s yet another step to deliver risk-based and outcomes-focused services when planning and undertaking heavy vehicle related compliance and enforcement activities.SalFatigue technology found to deliver safety benefitsTruck and bus companies have supported the use of Fatigue and Distraction Detection Technology to improve safety outcomes by helping prevent accidents before they occur, rather than looking in the rear vision mirror after the fact.This finding comes from an NHVR-commissioned study (as part of a five stage safety initiative) and was undertaken by independent consultants from HGH Consulting and CQ University, including internationally acclaimed sleep scientist, Professor Drew Dawson.NHVR Fatigue Specialist Andreas Blahous said this technology has the potential to be a game changer and the NHVR will work towards a collaborative approach to encouraging adoption of the new technology that includes drivers and management “The study found that the use of technology significantly reduced the frequency of fatigue and distraction events and identifies possible events to help prevent crashes before they occur,” Andreas said.“As one driver told the study; ‘it’s like having a mate in the cab that taps you on the shoulder’.> Click to read the full articleLast chance to get in your heavy vehicle safety ideasThe NHVR is reminding groups to submit their funding applications for Round 5 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) before the Friday 21 February deadline.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the Federal Government had provided $5.48 million in 2020-21 for projects that improve heavy vehicle safety, under round five of the program.“This is the last week to get in your applications for the HVSI – our program which targets projects that can deliver real safety benefits for the heavy vehicle industry and all road users,” Sal said.“We’ve got some great projects underway, targeting everything from compliance in the supply chain to driver mental health and education programs about driving safely around trucks. > Click here for more details and submission guidelinesMinor law changes on the horizonMinor amendments to the National Heavy Vehicle Law are coming on February 28.The changes remove inconsistencies between self-clearing defect notices, minor and major defect notices. These changes will:align the requirement for a driver who is not the vehicle operator to give the defect notice to the operator as soon as practicable, but no more than 14 days, after the notice is issuedallow a self-clearing defect notice to specify the date by which the repairs must be carried outprovide an option for the operator to request permission to use a heavy vehicle subject to a self-clearing defect notice if the repairs have not been carried out by the required date. > Click here to read more about the changesNHVR commences first prosecution under new Chain of Responsibility lawsThe NHVR has commenced its first prosecution under new Chain of Responsibility laws, laying charges against a company director for failing to exercise due diligence to ensure the company complied with its safety duty.NHVR Executive Director Statutory Compliance Ray Hassall said that NHVR Investigators conducted a safety duties investigation into a Victorian trucking company in relation to fatigue management of its drivers.“We believe the company failed to comply with conditions of its fatigue management accreditation,” Ray said.“This requirement forms part of the Heavy Vehicle National Law’s (HVNL) primary safety duty and executives are required to exercise due diligence to ensure a company complies with this duty.> Click to read the articleTruck Driver Info DaysWednesday 19 FebRockbank, Victoria> More details------------------------Tuesday 3 MarchPort of Brisbane, Queensland> More detailsNHVR is now on InstagramFollow us on Instagram to keep up-to-date with NHVR projects and events.Connect with us and share your pictures from the road to be featured in our newsletter.Connect with us Having troubles viewing this email? 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Issue 76 | 4 February 2020 Message from the CEO - 2020 in clear sightThere has been interesting discussion recently around the impact that new technology is having on heavy vehicle safety and productivity.Whether you utilise fatigue detection, cleaner-energy vehicles or simply make use of the increasingly detailed data on offer across the industry, I believe improved technology is having an impact.I’m constantly amazed by the heavy vehicle industry’s ability to embrace new ideas and look for safer, more productive ways to undertake the freight task.Technology is largely driven by industry and manufacturers meeting operator needs.As a Regulator we’ll continue to encourage uptake and where possible provide incentives.In March the NHVR will be conducting a voluntary industry safety survey to provide a snapshot of what systems and procedures are being incorporated by heavy vehicle operators and the supply chain.Keep an eye out and I’d encourage you to be involved.SalHeavy vehicle industry reviews should align for better outcomeThe NHVR is calling for two major reviews to be considered together, avoiding duplication and delivering better safety and productivity outcomes for the industry. The call was made as part of the NHVR’s response to the Productivity Commission’s draft paper on National Transport Regulatory Reform.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto's response called for the Productivity Commission’s findings to be included as part of the ongoing National Transport Commission (NTC) Review into the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL). “I believe that it is essential that the NTC, which is overseeing the HVNL Review, provide sufficient time to fully consider the commission’s recommendations before progressing with any proposed legislative amendments,” Mr Petroccitto said.> Read full articleJoin us in Dubbo to learn about flexible fatigue managementWould you like to learn more about the flexible fatigue management options currently available to you under the HVNL?Representatives from the NHVR’s Fatigue and Human Factors team will be in Dubbo to host an evening information session where operators can attend to hear about the options available and discuss the specific details of the fatigue flexibility they would like for their business and get direct input from the NHVR. Details of the session are:Date: Saturday 15 February 2020Time: 6.00-7.00pmVenue: Quality Inn Dubbo International, 165 Whylandra St, DubboThe team will also be available after the information session (between 7.00 pm and 9.00pm) to provide one-on-one advice and guidance. To arrange a 30 minute one-on-one session please contact firstname.lastname@example.orgBridge StrikesQueensland Rail is asking transport businesses and truck drivers to complete a survey that will help them better understand the industry's knowledge of vehicle load height.The information from the surveys will help shape initiatives aimed at reducing the number of rail bridge collisions.The surveys are anonymous, take about 10 minutes to complete, and close at 5pm on Friday 14 February 2020.Respondents who leave their email address will go in a draw to win one of five $100 gift cards.If you are a transport business owner, you should complete the following survey bit.ly/3aXzwckIf you are a driver, you should complete the following survey bit.ly/2GDAxIrNHVR officers lending hand to fire-impacted communitiesNHVR staff across Victoria and South Australia have been doing their part for the bushfire relief effort with officers assisting to get hay to isolated, bushfire-effected areas.Director Southern Region (Operations) Paul Simionato said that staff in Victoria and South Australia had stepped up to help out wherever they could.“The NHVR was approached by the Victoria Police to assist with road traffic management, escort activities and traffic control,” Mr Simionato said. "The team was deployed to Bairnsdale, a community that has been significantly impacted by the fires, to support heavy vehicle movements in the area. “In one of the biggest operations, NHVR staff and VicPol successfully escorted a 35 hay truck convoy from Bairnsdale to Gelantipy, over more than three hours. > Read full articleUpcoming Truck Driver Info Days – first for 2020A new year brings new opportunities to engage with the NHVR and one of the best ways to do this is through our regular Truck Driver Info Days. Upcoming dates include: NSW - Wednesday 5 February, BP Beresfield (near Newcastle), 2pm to lateVIC - Wednesday 19 February, BP Rockbank (west of Melbourne), 10am to 6pmIn 2019 the NHVR stakeholder team rolled out more than 30 information sessions in all participating states as part of its roadside information sessions or one of the many events the NHVR attended.This included four truck information sessions across four states on one day in September.John Gilbert, NHVR’s Manager of Stakeholder Engagement and Customer Experience said the national day of engagement was a success as it allowed operators to talk to the team in a more relaxed environment."Some of this engagement has already led to changes and better wording of policy documents the NHVR has produced," he said.> See all eventsEvents & WebinarsThe NHVR hosts many forums and online webinars throughout the year.Visit the events page on the website to keep up with the latest events or browse our YouTube channel for webinars and training tools.NHVR is now on InstagramFollow us on Instagram to keep up-to-date with NHVR projects and events.Connect with us and share your pictures from the road to be featured in our newsletter.Connect with us Having troubles viewing this email? 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