Bulletin 1: Released on 8 January 2020 The NHVR is urging all heavy vehicle operators to take steps to ensure safe travel when operating in and around areas affected by bushfires.Where possible operators should avoid travelling in bushfire impacted zones, however if required be aware of local emergency access arrangements.The following Bulletin answers some of the questions we’ve received in relation to work and rest hour exemptions, access arrangements and road conditions.The next Bulletin will be available on January 13.If fires have interfered with your ability to lodge access or accreditation applications please get in contact with us on 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487) or email@example.com so we can provide appropriate support and guidance.
Heavy vehicle access across bush fire affected areasThe NHVR is working with road and emergency services authorities to ensure safe access to affected areas. Heavy vehicle operators should take a number of steps when accessing bushfire affected areas.Check the local road conditions through state government websites. A list of websites with the latest information about road conditions can be found below.If travelling in an affected area, check with local emergency services or recovery operations.Ensure your vehicle is able to travel on the existing network. If you’re travelling outside of these networks, you may need to obtain a permit through the NHVR Portal at www.service.nhvr.gov.au/ or call 1300 696 487 for assistance. Ensure you have enough food and water supplies in case of unexpected conditions, and avoid using back tracks or off-network roads to get around road closures.
Understand emergency fatigue provisions what you can and can’t doAn emergency services work and rest hour exemption may apply if working with or under the direction of emergency services. This includes transporting relief supplies or working to restore essential utilities and services.For this exemption to apply, written or verbal direction must be received from emergency service personnel.While the direction may exempt you from complying with work and rest limits and maintaining work diaries, they do not exempt an operator or a driver from managing fatigue.Drivers should keep a record of any instruction given by emergency services.Drivers should stop work and rest immediately if they are feeling fatigued at any time while operating a heavy vehicle.
Eyre Highway closureThe Eyre Highway between Norseman and Caiguna remains closed in both directions due to the impact of fire and smoke. The following alert has been issued by the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services.It remains unsafe for people to travel east due to worsening fire weather, the active Balladonia fire and the potential for dry lightning.All vehicles outside of this area are asked to stay away. Eyre Highway, Coolgardie-Esperance Highway and the border from South Australia into Western Australia will remain closed.> Click here for the latest information
OSOM NetworksOperators are reporting a lot of large equipment is being moved during this period. Victoria and New South Wales have extensive Oversize, Overmass (OSOM) networks, which operators are encouraged to utilise where possible. Using these networks removes the need for a permit. Click here for general information on OSOM networksLocal network maps are available here:NSW - https://bit.ly/36xoPKFVIC - https://bit.ly/2ZXkVZe> Click here for general information on OSOM travelOSOM restrictions are currently in place in Southern NSW. Please note the list of local restrictions for non-emergency vehicles HEREIf travelling outside of these networks, please visit www.service.nhvr.gov.au for permit information.
Contacts for fire informationNew South WalesNSW RFS: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au and www.fire.nsw.gov.auNSW Bush Fire Information Line: 1800 679 737Twitter: @NSWRFSVictoria Victoria Country Fire Authority: www.cfa.vic.gov.auVicEmergency Hotline: 1800 226 226Twitter: @VICemergencySouth Australia SA CFS: www.cfs.sa.gov.auBushfire Information Hotline: 1800 362 361SA Government Recovery Hotline: 1800 302 787Twitter: @CFSAlertsQueensland Queensland Fire and Emergency Services: www.qfes.qld.gov.auTwitter: @QldFESWestern AustraliaDepartment of Fire and Emergency Services: https://www.dfes.wa.gov.auPublic information: 133 337Twitter: @DFES_WA
Road ClosuresThere continues to be a significant amount of road closures across the country due to ongoing bushfires.You can find up-to-date maps for each state at the links below:NSW https://bit.ly/371dXpg VIC https://bit.ly/2N0VPDy WA https://bit.ly/2N2U1tISA https://bit.ly/2tEFL3eQLD https://bit.ly/2ZYfiKsTAS https://bit.ly/2ZWSz10ACT https://bit.ly/35hN0eSNT https://bit.ly/2QrXynt
Issue 74 | 10 December 2019 Message from the CEOVictorian on-road compliance and enforcement services have transferred to the NHVR.Victoria joins South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT where the NHVR already provides these services, enabling another step towards a consistent approach to heavy vehicle safety and productivity.A borderless system of heavy vehicle enforcement across the country means operators know they’ll be dealing with the same approach to enforcement from Safety and Compliance Officers, operating under the NHVR.This is something the NHVR will continue working toward with the remaining jurisdictions over the coming months and years.As we approach the end of the year, I’d like to thank all those in the heavy vehicle industry for your support during 2019. The NHVR staff and I look forward to working with you in the New Year.SalQueensland OSOM processing to transfer to NHVRThe processing of Class 1 Oversize and Overmass permit applications for Queensland will transfer from Queensland’s Transport and Main Roads to the NHVR from the 16 December 2019.This is the last phase of the delegations to return to the NHVR and from this date, all permit applications in Queensland must be submitted to the NHVR via the NHVR Portal.NHVR Program Director Annette Finch said that the transition of permit processing to the NHVR would provide industry and road managers with a consistent approach to road access permits in Queensland and will allow them to utilise the benefits of the NHVR Portal.> Read the full articleNational fatigue operation underwayThe NHVR is urging heavy vehicle drivers to take care in the lead up to Christmas while Authorised Officers conduct a multi-agency fatigue compliance operation.NHVR Chief Operations Officer Paul Salvati said the latest Operation Wake Up, coordinated by the NHVR, was underway across Australia with Authorised Officers checking drivers for compliance with fatigue regulations.“Making sure that you’re managing your fatigue is one of the most important things you can do as a heavy vehicle operator to keep yourself and other road users safe,” Paul said. > Read the full articleVictorian transitions escort services and on-road compliance to the NHVRAll VicRoads on-road services have transitioned to the NHVR, with Victoria joining South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said operators would see distinctive NHVR uniforms and vehicles on Victorian roads. “As a national regulator, the NHVR can provide nationally consistent training and enforcement methods and resources, and undertake more complex, cross-border Chain of Responsibility investigations,” Sal said.“The borderless delivery of these services is another step towards consistency that supports productivity for operators and makes our roads safer for everyone.” > Read the full articleChristmas and New Year's hoursFrom Wednesday 25 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020 inclusive, the NHVR offices will close for the Christmas/New Year break.Our call centre will be closed on the national public holidays and open all other business days from 8am-6pm (AEDT). During this time we will continue to process access permit applications, but we will not be processing any other types of applications (i.e. fatigue, NHVAS, PBS or vehicle standards).The Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Line will be closed Monday 23 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020 inclusive. If it’s an emergency or there’s a safety risk happening on the road right now, call 000.Please be aware that other road managers, such as local governments, may have limited to no service available during the Christmas/New Year’s period. This may delay the assessment and consent process. Further enquiries regarding road manager operating hours and levels of service should be made directly with the relevant council or agency.> Click here for information about Christmas and New Year’s travel restrictionsPBS demo day in Bundaberg a great successThe final NHVR Performance Based Standards (PBS) demonstration day for 2019 was held in Bundaberg last week.NHVR Stakeholder Officer Dan Casey said the event was another successful day attended by more than 50 people representing six local councils and industry.“These events rely on the support of local councils and businesses. “It was great have enthusiastic input from Bundaberg Regional Council, the Mayor Jack Dempsey and local businesses Isis Sugar Mill and Hawe Earthmoving, as well as Qube Logistics,” Dan said.> Read the full articlePBS access improved at Port of BrisbaneThe first Port Declared Freight Precinct in Queensland has been declared at the Port of Brisbane, improving access for approved Perfomance-Based Standards (PBS) Level 2 combinations.The joint initiative by the NHVR, TMR, Brisbane City Council and the Port of Brisbane will deliver greater efficiencies relating to the importing and exporting of heavier and larger containers that are over current mass and dimension restrictions. The area will be known as the Greater Port of Brisbane Freight Precinct which includes the area covering Lytton, Hemmant and Murarrie areas east of the Gateway Motorway.> Read the full articleMinor regulation amendments for bus and road train massSome minor regulation changes for three-axle bus mass limits and steer axle mass limits for road trains will begin today.Three-axle bus limits will increase from 20 tonnes to 22 tonne, reflecting increasing average weight of passengers. Previously buses were able to operate in some states at 22 tonne under permit.The steer axle limit for road trains will increase from 6.7 tonnes to 7.1 tonnes (for tyre widths of at least 375mm). This reflects the increases in modern road trains’ tare weight.> Read the full articleEvents & WebinarsThe NHVR hosts many forums and online webinars throughout the year.Visit the News and Events page on the website to keep up with the latest events or browse our YouTube channel for webinars and training tools. 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Issue 73 | 27 November 2019 Message from the CEOOne of the key outcomes of the current review into the Heavy Vehicle National Law must be a renewed fatigue regime.We are well aware of the issues presented by the current law. It is overly prescriptive and doesn’t provide the flexibility operators require to deliver the best safety and productivity outcomes.Our recent study has shown that AFM is proving effective – both at delivering the flexibility operators need to better manage real fatigue risks and in keeping our roads safe for all users.With the review of the HVNL now moving to its next phase, we are committed to working with industry and the NTC to use what we have learned from AFM to inform a modern fatigue management framework that delivers benefits for everyone.SalAFM study supports move to flexible and risk-based approach to fatigueAn NHVR survey of close to 40 heavy vehicle operators using Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) has found that those taking advantage of the flexibility offered by AFM had fewer fatigue-related incidents, an improved safety culture and higher productivity than other operators. NHVR Principal Safety Assurance Advisor Andreas Blahous said that the study followed calls for the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) to allow for increased flexibility when effective fatigue management systems are in place.“The study demonstrates the significant benefits of AFM and a more flexible fatigue management framework for both safety and productivity,” Mr Blahous said. > Read moreAccreditation services set to join the NHVR PortalNational Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme services will be available in the NHVR Portal from 2 December 2019.Operators will be able to manage their NHVAS tasks including submitting an application, managing account information, reviewing application status, reviewing accreditation status, reviewing driver and vehicle lists, paying for applications, viewing payment history and tracking audit associated. From Friday 29 November, the NHVR Accreditation team will start transferring NHVAS applications received via email, fax or web forms to the NHVR Portal. > Read moreNew permit scheme benefits Queensland crane industryA new permit scheme for crane operations across Queensland is underway.NHVR Program Director Annette Finch said the new Queensland Class 1 Crane Permit Scheme was the result of work undertaken by the NHVR, Local Government Association Queensland and the Crane Industry Council Australia.“This scheme will increase productivity and reduce burden for the crane industry operating across Queensland,” Annette said.“Previously crane operators in Queensland had to apply for individual radius permits, however under the new scheme operators can apply for the pre-approved network and be issued a singular permit for participating local council roads.”> Read moreJacobson urges drivers to Tell a mate about heavy vehicle safetyOne of Australia’s best-known personalities, Shane Jacobson, is back on board with the NHVR’s Tell a mate heavy vehicle safety campaign.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto welcomed Jacobson’s passion for heavy vehicle safety, after being the face of the Tell a mate campaign over the past year.“Initially Shane will be part of our Focus on Fatigue campaign in the lead-up to Christmas, urging drivers to chat to their colleagues and other road users about recognising the signs of fatigue,” Mr Petroccitto said.“Shane has a real interest in heavy vehicle safety and it’s exciting to be able to continue this partnership. > Read moreProductivity Commission Draft Report backs improved safety outcomesThe NHVR has welcomed the release of the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report into National Transport Regulatory Reform.NHVR Chair Duncan Gay said that the draft report highlighted the benefits that had already been achieved, while charting a path for improvement.“We welcome the draft report and will continue to work with the Productivity Commission as they finalise their inquiry over the coming months,” Mr Gay said.“The draft report reinforces the key safety and productivity benefits that have already been enabled through the work of industry and the NHVR.> Read moreKamili gets OSOM accessThree of the 60,000 access permits processed through the NHVR this year were for giraffes.The latest was Kamili who last week completed the trip from Perth to Melbourne, transported by Melbourne-based operator L Arthur Transport Services.The NHVR coordinated the oversize, overmass access arrangements in place to ensure Kamili’s safety on the 3400 km journey.Kamili was born last year at Perth Zoo and is headed to Orana Wildlife Park in New Zealand, via the Port of Melbourne. NHVR Access Coordinator Annette Finch said the giraffe moved in a specially designed enclosure and travelling under a permit on a prime mover with a total height of almost five metres, via a route carefully planned to avoid low bridges, powerlines and other potential obstacles. > Read moreGot pics?We want to see your photos from on the road.Send them to us through the NHVR Facebook or reply and attach to this email for your chance to be featured. 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? 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 72 | 12 November 2019 https://www.vision6.com.au/v/40111/4712951/email.html?k=dTqthu1LNXQCr__11ZkDEICAU4cga1ZDahg1lN8QSo0
Message from the CEOStay fatigue safe during the lead up to ChristmasThe NHVR will Focus on Fatigue over the coming month with announcements, information and compliance operations.This includes the recent extension of the Personal Use Exemption to include drivers accredited to use Advance and Basic Fatigue Management schemes.Our most recent Operation Wake Up in April this year intercepted more than 3500 vehicles for fatigue checks and found that drivers under BFM and AFM were well above the average compliance rate of 93.3 per cent.With the busy holiday period just around the corner, it’s a timely reminder to everyone about the risks of driving fatigued.Please tell a mate, whether they are operating a light or heavy vehicle to take care on the roads leading up to the end of the year and avoid driving when fatigued.SalApplication call for heavy vehicle safety funding The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is calling for funding applications for programs that improve heavy vehicle safety on Australian roads. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Federal Government had provided $5.48 million for safety projects for round five of the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) program. “This funding is focused towards groups and projects delivering real safety benefits for the heavy vehicle industry and all road users,” Mr McCormack said. > Read moreNHVR expands Personal Use Exemption to AFM and BFMThe NHVR has extended the Personal Use Exemption for drivers operating under Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) and Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM). The change will mean drivers operating under BFM and AFM will have an additional hour to use their fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle for personal use, which can be utilised during the 24-hour rest break.Personal Use Exemption for drivers on Standard hours was allowed in 2018 and following industry feedback the NHVR has added the extension to drivers who are eligible for BFM and AFM.For more information on changes visit www.nhvr.gov.au/fatigue> Read moreVehicle Standards self-service saves time for operatorsOperators will be able to track, in real time, the status of their Vehicle Standards applications in the NHVR Portal from Wednesday 20 November.The new ‘Case Management’ function will allow operators to log in anytime and see the status of their applications in just a few clicks. This ability to ‘self-service’ will mean operators will no longer need to call the NHVR for updates on processing times.The new feature follows the launch of the Vehicle Standards service in the NHVR Portal last month, which now allows operators to apply for In-Principle Support, Vehicle Standards Exemption Permits and Heavy Vehicle Modification Approvals in the NHVR Portal.Sign up to the webinar for a demonstration of the new feature.If you have any questions about the new services available in the NHVR Portal, please contact the NHVR Call Centre on 1300 MY NHVR (1300 696 487).Permit applications fasttracked for firefighting responseHeavy vehicle operators should be aware of a large number of heavy vehicle movements taking place in fire-affected areas of Queensland and NSW over the coming days.The NHVR and road managers have fasttracked a large number of permit applications over the past 24 hours to allow movement heavy vehicles in relation to firefighting operations, including Australian Defence Force vehicles.Operators travelling in areas affected by firefighting operations should take care and be aware that delays may occur.Stay up-to-date on road closures due to bushfires at:• Qld information is available through the Department of Transport and Main Roads at bit.ly/2X3AXzq• SW information is available through Transport for NSW at bit.ly/371dXpg Annual report now availableThe 2018-19 NHVR Annual Report is now available. The report has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Heavy Vehicle National Law Act 2012 (Qld) and demonstrates how the NHVR has driven sustainable improvements to safety, productivity and efficiency across the Australian heavy vehicle road transport sector.You can find the Annual Report at the link: https://www.nhvr.gov.au/files/201911-1120-nhvr-2018-19-annual-report-web.pdfSend us your photos from on the roadWe want to see your photos from on the road. Send them to us through the NHVR Facebook page for your chance to be featured.This sunset photo from Murrami, New South Wales was sent to us by Matt Manning.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.