Issue 150 | 12 October 2022The NHVR’s Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme is a key pillar to delivering safe and efficient movement of freight across the country.This week, we have welcomed two announcements that will reduce complexity around PBS Vehicle Approvals (VAs) and transition common truck and dog trailer combinations out of the scheme, welcoming safer, more productive and innovative vehicles to Australia’s roads.We released the National Class 3 20m Long 3-axle Truck and 4-axle Dog Trailer Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2022 (No.1) that removes the need for operators of 3-axle truck and 4-axle dog combinations to complete the Performance Based Standards (PBS) approval process.This new notice means approximately 38 per cent of PBS operators don’t need to participate in the PBS scheme to continue to operate on approved networks. By moving this common truck and dog trailer combination out of the scheme, we are removing red tape for industry and encouraging more innovative vehicle combinations to join.From Monday 14 November, PBS VAs will be simplified through removing the need for an operator’s name to be included on the document and allowing subcontractors to use a VA without having to transfer it into their name.The changes to VAs will remove duplication and accelerate the approval of PBS combinations, to support safer, cleaner, and more productive heavy vehicles on our roads.Sal, CEONew notice to improve efficiencies and remove cost burden of common truck and dog combinationsThe National Class 3 20m Long 3-axle Truck and 4-axle Dog Trailer Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2022 (No.1) will allow operators to use this combination on approved networks without having to go through the Performance Based Standards (PBS) approval process.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the notice was an important first step in moving ‘mature’ combinations out of the PBS scheme and into the ‘normal’ regulatory framework – helping to get safer and more productive vehicles on the road.“With over 15 years knowledge and experience of hundreds of 3-axle truck and 4-axle dog combination designs, we are confident we can remove the need for them to go through the PBS assessment process,” Sal said.“By moving these common, well-understood truck and dog trailer combinations out of the PBS scheme, we can reduce the regulatory and cost burden for industry, as well as allow PBS to focus on new vehicle innovation.”Operators can still choose to operate these truck and dog combinations under the existing PBS arrangements if preferred or they can opt to use the new notice arrangements.Find out more about the new noticePBS applications to be made simpler and fasterThe NHVR will introduce changes to the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme Vehicle Approval (VA) document to reduce the administrative burden for industry and provide a better customer experience.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the changes would remove some of the unnecessary complexity in getting a PBS vehicle approved, meaning we can get safer, smarter, more productive vehicles on our roads sooner.“The new changes will simplify and accelerate the approval of PBS combinations by removing the transfer of PBS vehicle applications when a vehicle is sold and removing duplication, which will reduce the size of a vehicle application by 30 per cent.“These changes are just the latest improvements in a suite of initiatives we will be delivering over the next year to reform and modernise the PBS scheme.”Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia CEO Todd Hacking has welcomed the changes, saying the more efficient the PBS administrative process is, the quicker the vehicle can be on-road improving the productivity and safety performance for the operator.“HVIA looks forward to representing our members in the continuous improvement of the PBS scheme, as we work with the NHVR to make the PBS scheme as efficient, enticing and influential as practicable,” Todd said.The changes will to PBS VAs will be introduced from 14 November 2022, following industry stakeholder consultation earlier this year.Read more about the PBS VAs changesManaging Effluent in the Livestock Supply Chain Industry Code of Practice Effluent CodeThe NHVR is calling for feedback on Managing Effluent in the Livestock Supply Chain Industry Code of Practice - a practical guide that assists livestock transporters to comply with their Heavy Vehicle National Law obligations.The code proposes a range of measures that can be implemented at every stage of a heavy vehicle transport journey, from preparing livestock for transit, to unloading livestock at the destination.Feedback on the code will ensure it is a comprehensive, useful and up to date resource in managing livestock effluent during road transport and other effluent related safety concerns.Development of the code was sponsored by the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association in consultation with a wide range of representative stakeholders and the NHVR.Consultation will close at 5pm (AEST) on Friday, 4 November 2022.Click here to find out more and have your sayUnderstanding and preventing mental health issues in the heavy vehicle industryIn 2021, Australia's largest annual workplace mental health survey revealed that transport, logistics, and postal industries are ranked as the worst in Australia for mental health, with the industry score declining year on year.Other research has shown that truck drivers represent the second highest occupational group, after construction workers, at risk of suicide.Poor mental health can adversely affect decision-making processes, causing momentary lapses in concentration and even causing drivers to crash.The importance of developing effective strategies to support the mental health and wellbeing needs of drivers and other workers in the industry cannot be overemphasised.To align with National Safe Work Month’s second-week theme of ‘mental health’, the NHVR has released regulatory advice providing guidance on mental health and wellbeing in the heavy vehicle road transport industry. This Fitness to Work – Mental Health advice has been developed with input and advice from Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds, OzHelp and Beyond Blue.The advice explains:why it’s important to build a mentally healthy workplacethe psychological hazards in the workplace that can lead to mental health concerns and conditionshow to recognise the signs that someone might benefit from supporthow to improve mental health and wellbeing in a workplace.Read the regulatory advice here to help you understand and support mental health and wellbeing in your workplace and reduce the risk of mental health issues developing.Find out how to make safety at work your priorityThis National Work Safe Month, we are highlighting the importance of committing to building a safe and healthy workplace.A Safety Management System (SMS) can help the heavy vehicle industry and its supply chain manage safety.The NHVR has free resources on our website to support the adoption, development and implementation of an SMS into your business.An SMS can be one of the most effective ways for industry to meet its chain of responsibility obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.Click here to follow a step-by-step guide to having an SMSConsider a career with the NHVRWe value staff with a genuine belief in the work they do and the benefit it will bring.www.nhvr.gov.au/careersConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? 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Issue 149 | 28 September 2022I was pleased to officially open our Paramatta office last week as part of the NSW transition of heavy vehicles services to the NHVR. This was another important step towards delivering borderless compliance, and strengthening our capability to provide timely, national responses to critical issues for industry.I would like to thank Minster for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway and NHVR Chair Duncan Gay for marking this significant milestone, and I look forward to continuing to work with the NSW government and industry to deliver heavy vehicle safety and productivity outcomes. A key program that continues to support improved safety for our industry is the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, which is funded by the Australian Government. I’m excited to announce that fifteen industry-led projects will receive funding through Round 7 of the HVSI to deliver education and training services to help keep industry, and the community safe. You can read more about the latest recipients and initiatives below.Lastly, I’d like to remind everyone in the industry to remain vigilant with their safety processes as we move into the last quarter of 2022. The NHVR is here to help you meet your Heavy Vehicle National Law obligations, so I encourage you to keep an eye on our website and social media channels for information and resources, or get in touch with one of our team. Sal, CEO$3.5 million in industry projects to improve heavy vehicle safetyFifteen industry-led projects will receive crucial funding as part of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), supported by the Australian Government.Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Senator Carol Brown said the Australian Government is investing in further driver training, including a road hazard program that helps new drivers navigate driving in different conditions, managing fatigue and the importance of conducting daily safety checks to ensure a heavy vehicle is roadworthy.“Another project is a web-based calculator that can be used across multiple different heavy vehicle combinations, to instantly identify the risk of a heavy vehicle rolling over.”The Australian Government has invested in 132 HVSI projects over six years to progress a safer, more productive heavy vehicle industry.To find the successful HVSI Round 7 projects and more info, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/hvsiNew NHVR headquarters opens in ParramattaHeavy vehicle safety services in New South Wales have a new home following the official opening of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Parramatta headquarters.Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway opened the new office as part of the transition of state-based heavy vehicle services to the NHVR.“Over the last six months, the NSW Government and Transport for New South Wales have been working closely with the NHVR to make the transition as smooth as possible while ensuring the heavy vehicle industry continues to operate safely and productively,” Minister Farraway said.“Nationally consistent compliance is essential for the safety and productivity of heavy vehicle operators, and I look forward to continuing to work with the NHVR to keep NSW roads safe and our economy growing.”NSW is the fifth state or territory – after South Australia, Tasmania, ACT and Victoria – where the NHVR is directly delivering heavy vehicle regulatory services.Read more about the Paramatta office openingOrigin Energy Services Limited to spend $380,000 after failing to respond to infringement offenceThe National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has accepted an enforceable undertaking from Origin Energy Services Limited (OESL) after the power retailer was charged with failing to respond to multiple Notice to Produce letters requesting information on a driver that didn’t divert into a weighbridge.NHVR Director of Prosecutions Belinda Hughes said industry must respond to correspondence regarding infringeable offences and penalties issued by the NHVR and authorised officers under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).“Charges were laid after the operator, OESL, failed to respond to three written requests to give information about a person responsible for a non-compliant heavy vehicle.“This EU sends a strong message to industry to comply with Notice to Produce letters. We encourage individuals and organisations to engage with the NHVR and have a discussion around how to respond, dispute a request or ask for more information.”Ms Hughes explained the EU requires OESL to spend approximately $380,000 towards a driver consequence management framework across all OESL’s business units and sponsorship of heavy vehicle health and safety forums.“The value of this EU far exceeds the maximum fine the company would have received if this matter proceeded to court – with this outcome, the money will be reinvested into safety measures.“The EU initiatives will deliver improved outcomes for an estimated five thousand staff employed by Origin Energy – OESL’s parent entity – as well as the wider transport industry.”The safety initiatives must be completed within 12 months of the NHVR accepting the EU. Failure to comply with the EU can lead to prosecution.To read more about the enforceable undertaking visit: https://www.nhvr.gov.au/law-policies/enforceable-undertakingsDaylight saving time – What do you need to do?Daylight saving time for ACT, NSW, SA, VIC and TAS commences on Sunday 2 October and at 2:00am will require clocks to be turned forward one hour.The NHVR is reminding drivers travelling outside their normal time zone to ensure they count and record time, including night rests, according to the time zone of their base.As an example, if a driver’s base as recorded in their work diary is in QLD and they drive into NSW during daylight saving time, they are required to record their work and rest hours in QLD time.As work diaries record dates and locations, an Authorised Officer will be able to identify the daylight saving time change, but it is also advised that you note on the page ‘daylight saving changes’.More information on counting time is available hereShining a spotlight on physical health in the heavy vehicle industryThe health and wellbeing of heavy vehicle drivers is an issue of vital importance to all Australians. Ensuring drivers are healthy is not only important to them, but it’s also an issue that impacts their families and friends, everyone else on our roads and our nation’s economy as a whole.The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated how reliant we all are on the road freight industry, and has highlighted the need to prioritise the health of the drivers that keep Australia moving.The sedentary nature of a heavy vehicle driver’s occupation, combined with lack of healthy food choices at truck stops and lack of exercise, puts drivers at risk of obesity and developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes, poor mental health, and cardiovascular health issues. And there is a direct correlation between chronic diseases, injuries, ill-health, and fatigue with road safety.The NHVR has published regulatory advice providing guidance on the management of known and unknown medical conditions of drivers and other workers in the heavy vehicle industry. It provides information about the most common medical conditions affecting workers in the heavy vehicle industry, what might be contributing to them, how current medical conditions can be managed and how new ones can be avoided.You can read the regulatory advice here.Harmonisation of Safe-T-Cam noticesAs part of the New South Wales transition of heavy vehicle services, the NHVR is responsible for monitoring fatigue offences through the Safe-T-Cam network in South Australia and New South Wales.The Notice to Produce letters issued by the Safe-T-Cam network in SA will be reduced from three letters to two, to align with NSW. The First Notice will be issued with 21 days to respond and then a Final Notice will be issued with 14 days to respond. Reminder Notices will be discontinued.The change comes into effect in early October 2022 and will ensure consistency for Safe-T-Cam incident notices issued in SA and NSW.Got questions? 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Issue 148 | 16 September 2022In this week’s edition, I’m excited to announce that CEVA Logistics has partnered with the NHVR to take the Don’t #uck With A Truck campaign on the road. This intentionally provocative safety message is now displayed on three CEVA’s B-double trailers, to encourage other road users (particularly learner and provisional plate licence holders) to drive carefully around trucks. We know that light vehicles continue to be the at-fault party in eight out of 10 fatal crashes involving cars and trucks in Australia, and I’d like to thank CEVA for helping us drive behavioural change in light vehicle drivers.With primary producers gearing up for a bumper grain harvest season, I also want to remind industry to make sure all heavy vehicles and other machinery are well-maintained and in safe working order. Make the most of the pre-harvest season by putting a Safety Management System in place to help you manage safety risks on the road and in all other workplaces associated with the harvest. Our SMS roadmap is geared towards all types of businesses – from those starting out, to those who want to continue to improve systems.Protecting workers in our industry doesn’t just mean from physical harm. Our latest regulatory advice reminds everyone that the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) protects employees from discrimination and victimisation if they report a safety breach. Developing a strong safety culture, where all parties can fearlessly report incidents and breaches, helps creates a safer, more productive industry.Sal, CEODon’t #uck With A Truck message hits the roadThe NHVR has partnered with CEVA Logistics to spread the Don’t #uck With A Truck message across three B-Double trailers that will travel across Melbourne, Adelaide, and Sydney.The CEVA trailers have become travelling billboards, reminding all road users to drive safely when sharing the road with trucks.Don’t #uck With A Truck was launched in early 2022 to educate young drivers how to drive safely near a truck, with the aim of changing behaviour and lowering the road toll.For more information on the campaign, visit www.dontmuckwithatruck.com.auEmployee discrimination the focus for new Regulatory AdviceThe NHVR has released new regulatory advice providing guidance on employee protections against discrimination and victimisation under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).In Victoria, a bus company was recently fined $30,000 after giving a formal written warning to a bus driver for reporting safety concerns to WorkSafe.While this was a charge under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, similar offences and penalties apply under the HVNL.Under s699 of the HVNL employers are prohibited from discriminating against or victimising employees who have provided information to a public authority, law enforcement agency, fellow or former employee, or union.The NHVR’s Discrimination against or victimisation of employees regulatory advice helps both employers and employees to understand what is meant by the terms ‘discrimination’ and ‘victimisation’, the legal consequences if an employer is found to be in contravention of this law, and examples of how a breach of this law may occur.Heavy vehicle safety a focus in the lead up to the grain harvestWith a bumper grain harvest predicted this year, the NHVR is reminding primary producers of the important role they play in ensuring the safety of heavy vehicle drivers – a responsibility that applies regardless of whether they own the heavy vehicle used to transport grain, contract heavy vehicle services, or are a grain receiver.NHVR Acting Manager Operational Services Fiona Brophy said that having a plan in place to manage safety and compliance risks was essential.“It’s important primary producers have an up-to-date plan to manage fatigue, monitor mass and loading, ensure the mechanical safety of their vehicles, and secure appropriate access and permits,” Fiona said.“Your pre-harvest mechanical check is important to ensure the vehicle you’re using is safe, well-maintained and compliant.“Not only will this result in less downtime and stress, but you can also expect a more streamlined interaction with on-road compliance officers and police should a vehicle be stopped for a roadside check.“Our data shows that defects are found more frequently in older vehicles, so please be aware that maintenance may need to be undertaken more regularly.”More information is available at www.nhvr.gov.au/primary-producersChanges coming to NSW and VIC Grain Harvest Management Scheme mass exemption noticesOperators who transport grain in New South Wales and Victoria should be aware of new changes to be introduced to the New South Wales Class 3 Grain Harvest Management Scheme Mass Exemption Notice 2021 (No. 2) and the Victoria Class 3 Grain Harvest Management Scheme Mass Exemption Notice 2017 (No. 1) when they are renewed this month.New South WalesWhen the new notice comes into effect on Monday 20 September, it will:Remove the requirement to carry the notice in a heavy vehicle compartment.Remove the requirement to travel to the nearest grain receiver for vehicles that qualify for access to higher level networks, such as Higher Mass Limits and Performance Based Standards.Clarify the application of approved intelligent access systems to eligible vehicles.VictoriaWhen the new notice comes into effect on Tuesday 27 September, it will:Remove the requirement to carry the notice in a heavy vehicle compartment.Remove the requirement for eligible vehicles to be enrolled in the Grain Harvest Management Scheme. The requirement to be enrolled will only apply to receivers. Vehicles will only need to comply with the conditions of the notice.Update the description of eligible vehicles, so there is no confusion about vehicle type. For example, ‘Rigid - 2 Axle’ has been renamed ‘Single steer, single drive rigid truck' and ‘Prime Mover (Single Drive) & Semi Trailer - 5 Axles’ has been renamed ‘Single steer, single drive prime mover and triaxle semitrailer’. It is important to note that there is no change to eligible vehicles; just to the way they are described.Once published, the new New South Wales notice can be found at www.nhvr.gov.au/law-policies/notices-and-permit-based-schemes/state-notices/new-south-wales and at www.nhvr.gov.au/law-policies/notices-and-permit-based-schemes/state-notices/victoria for the Victoria Notice. When each notice comes into effect on 20 September and 27 September, they will replace the current notices referenced at the beginning of this article.Livestock Mass, Dimension and Loading Arrangements Review consultation ends soonA reminder that consultation on the Review of Livestock Mass, Dimension and Loading Arrangements – Discussion Paper closes at 5pm (AEST) on Tuesday, 20 September 2022.If you haven’t yet had your say about how we can create a more productive, single national scheme to improve livestock loading, identify safety and efficiency improvements, and make it easier for everyone to comply with the Heavy Vehicle National Law, you can submit your feedback on the discussion paper through our website.Consider a career with the NHVRWe value staff with a genuine belief in the work they do and the benefit it will bring.www.nhvr.gov.au/careersConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? 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Issue 147 | 2 September 2022I heard today that there’s only 17 weeks left until Christmas. It’s going to catch up with us quickly and now is a good time to make sure all the appropriate safety checks are done before it gets busy. Daily safety checks to inspect a vehicle before each journey, and using a Safety Management System suited to your business can help you meet your safety obligations and reduce safety risks over the peak holiday period.A road safety issue we’re urging light vehicle drivers to get behind at the moment is how to stay safe when approaching a heavy vehicle towing an oversize load. We partnered with the Queensland Police Service last week to launch Sharing our Roads with Oversize Loads – a video campaign that explains the importance of giving heavy vehicles space and following the instructions of pilot and escort vehicles. The feedback from industry and the public has been positive overall, with many acknowledging that we all play a role in keeping each other safe on Australia’s roads.A special acknowledgment goes to NHVR Chief Engineer Les Bruzsa on being inducted into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame in Alice Springs last week. Les, fondly known as the “Quadfather”, has been a key figure in leading the strategic development and improvement of the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme, where innovative and optimised vehicle designs achieve greater productivity and improved safety outcomes for industry.Sal, CEOSharing our roads with oversize loadsThe NHVR and Queensland Police Service (QPS) have launched the Sharing our Roads with Oversize Loads campaign, with a series of videos to show road users how to stay safe when driving near trucks towing oversize loads.QPS Superintendent of Road Policing Janelle Andrews said police escort more than six thousand heavy vehicles in Queensland each year.“There can be tragic consequences on our roads when light vehicles overtake a turning truck or pull in front of a truck suddenly.“For wide loads, don’t try to overtake or pull back onto the road until you receive directions from police escorts or a pilot.”NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the campaign is an extension of our We Need Space campaign, which spreads messages about giving trucks the space they require to safely navigate our roads and highways.“In this campaign, we focus specifically on oversize vehicles – because they often need more space to drive down the middle of the road to cross a bridge, pass under powerlines or avoid guardrails to travel safely.“By getting the message out there, we can help ensure everyone feels safe on the road and returns home safely to their loved ones.”For more information on Sharing our Roads with Oversize Loads visit www.nhvr.gov.au/weneedspaceOperators advised to ensure road train trailers are fit-for-purposeNHVR Safety and Compliance Officers are reporting a significant increase in road train combinations using trailers that don’t meet the minimum safety requirements.Trailers designed for use in road train combinations are constructed and specified to be able to withstand the significantly higher loads and stresses to which the brakes, tow couplings and drawbars are subjected.The NHVR has published information to help operators and other parties in the Chain of Responsibility to understand the specific requirements for these trailers. See the Road train trailer requirements for details about how to ensure vehicles used in road train combinations are operating safely.Fatigue Toolbox TalkThe National Road Safety Partnership Program has released a Fatigue Toolbox Talk package, offering industry managers and facilitators step-by-step tools and resources to lead a toolbox talk discussion on the risks of fatigue.Truck drivers have an increased risk of developing fatigue or chronic fatigue. The Fatigue Toolbox Talk package includes an overview, presentation, poster, video, fact sheet, discussion prompt sheet and other helpful tools to deliver productive and engaging safety conversations in the workplace.The Heavy Vehicle Toolbox Talk Packages are funded by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.A new Toolbox Talk package is released each month, available at www.nrspp.org.au/product-category/heavy-vehicles/Queensland trial of alternate escort arrangements for bridge girder movementsThe Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Police Service (QPS), and the NHVR have worked closely together to commence a three-month trial of alternative escorting arrangements from Monday 29 August 2022.For bridge girder movements approved to participate in the trial, the QPS Escort will be replaced with a Queensland Accredited Escort Driver to assume the lead role for the journey.Participation in the trial is restricted to select Class 1 OSOM bridge girder movements that meet eligibility requirements. A permit must be issued by the NHVR prior to a movement occurring.Click here to find out about the eligibility requirements and how to apply for the Queensland bridge girder permit amendment.Great conversations with industry at MegaTrans2022We recently joined members of the heavy vehicle industry and supply chain at MEGATRANS2022 in Melbourne. The event was a great opportunity for our staff to speak to people from all levels of the industry and supply chain, and answer a wide range of questions about Fatigue, EWDs, Chain of Responsibility, Accreditation, Access and more.NHVR Executive Director Statutory Compliance Ray Hassall presented at the conference, where he spoke about the NHVR's risk-based approach to compliance, as well as alternative options to prosecutions, including Enforceable Undertakings and Supervisory Intervention Orders.We were proud to sponsor the MEGATRANS2022 Mercury Awards Supply Chain Innovator of the Year category, which was presented at the Gala Dinner. This award allowed us to recognise the efforts of those businesses going the extra mile to develop innovative solutions for the heavy vehicle industry. Congratulations to the winner Complexica, and to all the other finalists.Thanks to everyone who dropped by our stall to chat.Consider a career with the NHVRWe value staff with a genuine belief in the work they do and the benefit it will bring.www.nhvr.gov.au/careersConnect with us on social media Having tro
Issue 146 | 16 August 2022I am pleased to announce at the two-week mark of the transition of heavy vehicle services in NSW, we have received positive messages and support from industry. We know we won’t get everything perfect first go, but we are committed to working with industry and our regulatory partners to ensure consistent compliance across all jurisdictions.In other welcomed news, heavy vehicle drivers and operators now have more flexibility and choice when selecting a work diary for their individual requirements, with the approval of Logmaster Australia’s EWD platform and a new device for Netstar Australia. We’ll continue to work with industry and technology providers to better understand industry needs and encourage EWD uptake.Fatigue management continues to be a key topic as part of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) Review. The HVNL final report prepared by Ken Kanofski was considered at the recent Infrastructure Transport Ministers Meeting on 5 August. I look forward to further discussions once the final report is released. It was great to attend the Australian Livestock & Rural Transporters Association and Livestock & Rural Transporters Association of Victoria’s National Combined Conference in Bendigo last week, where NHVR Digital Products Manager John Barry gave the audience a demonstration of our National Spatial Program. The program will bring state and territory mapping systems into a single national network map where operators and road managers can plan and manage routes, and filter by gazetted or preapproved networks and consent, permit or vehicle access type.We will continue to work with industry to deliver a nationally consistent and intelligent mapping solution to improve productivity and efficiency.Sal, CEONHVR expands access to EWDs with approval of Logmaster Australia EWDThe NHVR has approved Logmaster Australia as the eighth Electronic Work Diary (EWD) provider, further expanding access to EWD technology for the heavy vehicle industry.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the range of EWD options now available is allowing industry to better manage fatigue risks and choose the most suitable solution for their business.“Drivers are switching over to using EWDs since we approved the first system in 2020, and it’s great to see Logmaster is offering another new option,” Sal said.“The Logmaster platform includes features such as digital pre-start driver forms, night and day modes and national usability.“It’s available on Android and iOS (Apple) operating systems, so drivers and companies can use most modern devices."New device approved for Netstar AustraliaThe NHVR has also approved the use of Netstar Australia’s EWD on an additional device – the Samsung SM-T575 (known as the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 3).“With more choice comes greater uptake and we are now working with technology providers to develop innovative ways to encourage increased use of EWDs across the industry,” Sal said.Drivers are reminded that when switching to an EWD, they must continue to carry their written work diary for a transition period to comply with the requirement to carry 28 days of records.It’s also important they check the NHVR website to ensure they’re using an NHVR-approved EWD.For more information on approved EWDs, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/ewdLatest NHVR regulatory advice explores fatigue risks and controlsWhen a driver feels sleepy, tired or exhausted, these are all symptoms of fatigue. So too are restlessness, inability to maintain a steady speed, and sore or tired eyes. Fatigue can occur even on a short trip and can severely impair judgement when driving, causing lapses in concentration that could prove fatal.Consequently, the NHVR is maintaining its focus on growing industry awareness of fatigue risks, providing expert advice, and publishing a range of information resources to support industry to better manage driver fatigue.In the latest of these information resources, the NHVR has published regulatory advice on Fitness to drive: Fatigue. This provides guidance to parties in the Chain of Responsibility on managing fatigue in the heavy vehicle transport industry – outlining their obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law and advocating a holistic approach to fatigue management.This regulatory advice takes a look at the hazards and risks associated with fatigue, emphasises the importance of considering external factors that may influence the driver's fatigue risk– not just those related to compliance with regulated work and rest hours – and proposes a range of control measures to ensure the safety of heavy vehicle drivers and other road users.This is the first in a series of three pieces of ‘Fitness to Drive’ guidance that will be delivered through the NHVR’s Regulatory Advice Program.Read more NHVR regulatory advice here.Company receives two Improvement Notices to correct mass and load breachesA Victorian company has been issued with two Improvement Notices by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to correct mass and load breaches.A roadside intercept by the NHVR identified one of the company’s heavy vehicles did not comply with the applicable mass and loading requirements, which prompted further investigation.NHVR Director of Investigations Steve Underwood said the company failed to produce evidence of mass and load restraint policies, procedures, and safety controls. “The company posed a safety risk by not equipping its staff with the tools to identify and manage heavy vehicle mass, dimension and loading requirements,” Steve said.“The NHVR will monitor the company and review evidence of the corrective measures required in the Improvement Notices to prevent further offences.” Three actions must be taken for each Improvement Notice on mass and load restraint measures, including a risk management process, policies and procedures and staff training.New South Australia notice a win for Class 3 operatorsOperators of eligible livestock carriers, AB-triples and Type 1 road trains – including non-modular and modular B-triples – in South Australia can now operate at increased mass limits on designated routes, providing their vehicle has certified road-friendly suspension.NHVR Chief Regulatory Policy and Standards Officer Don Hogben said the new South Australian Class 3 Road friendly Suspension Mass Exemption Notice 2022 allows certain heavy vehicles and combinations fitted with certified road-friendly suspension to operate at masses equivalent to Higher Mass Limits, without needing to be enrolled in the Intelligent Access Program (IAP).“The notice replaces the South Australia Class 3 (HML Application) Mass Exemption 2021, and includes beneficial changes to vehicle eligibility and networks,” Don said.“This notice represents significant progress towards removing the need for multiple permits in South Australia.”Australian Trucking Association Chair David Smith welcomed the notice as a significant win for Class 3 operators in South Australia."This is an important step towards national harmonisation and improved productivity for heavy vehicle movements, and that’s good for the industry and the local economy,” David said.Click here to view the notice and accompanying Operator’s Guide.Consider a career with the NHVRWe value staff with a genuine belief in the work they do and the benefit it will bring.www.nhvr.gov.au/careersConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? 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Issue 145 | 1 August 2022From today the NHVR will be providing heavy vehicle on-road compliance and enforcement services in NSW.While drivers will see a new uniforms and badges, they will receive the same services and support, and have to meet the same safety requirements as they have in the past.The NHVR will deliver services from the more than 200 existing Heavy Vehicle Inspection Stations, safety stations and on-road enforcement sites across NSW. Transport for NSW will continue to provide a number of other important heavy vehicle services, including licensing, registration and tow truck investigations.I’m also pleased to welcome 310 Transport for NSW staff who will continue to serve and support the heavy vehicle industry. I’ve had the chance to meet many of those staff over the past few months and I look forward to working with them going forward.This transition is another important step in a national reform program to build a single, consistent national regulator for the heavy vehicle industry. Heavy vehicle safety and productivity is vital for Australia’s economy and delivering consistent and borderless regulation of heavy vehicles will improve consistency for operators.Sal, CEONHVR to regulate heavy vehicles in NSW from todayHeavy vehicle drivers across NSW will see a National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) logo and new uniforms for heavy vehicle services and compliance from today.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the transition of heavy vehicle services from Transport for NSW to the NHVR was an important step toward delivering nationally consistent compliance for all heavy vehicle operators travelling within and through NSW.“From today scheduled heavy vehicle inspections, investigations, prosecutions and roadside safety checks will transfer to the NHVR,” Sal said.Read more about today’s transitionNSW transition of heavy vehicle servicesWhat is changing?On 1 August, 310 staff, including 250+ Compliance Operations Inspectors will transfer from the NSW Government to the NHVR, where they will continue to provide heavy vehicle compliance monitoring and enforcement under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).FunctionsThe NHVR will assume responsibility in NSW for:Conducting HVIS inspections — the NHVR will provide HVIS inspections in the same way at the same locations. There will be no change to the current booking and payment arrangements.On-road compliance and enforcement of the HVNL as well as other state-based offences like registration and licensing.Investigating and prosecuting of serious offences, including primary duties.Providing education and information to the heavy vehicle industry on compliance under the HVNL.Monitoring fatigue and heavy vehicle registration offences through the Safe-T-Cam network.Monitoring heavy vehicle access compliance through the Intelligent Access Program (IAP).What’s not changing?TfNSW will continue to:licence heavy vehicle drivers in NSWregister heavy vehicles in NSWmanage tow truck investigations and conduct compliancemonitor road rule-related camera detected offences including speeding and red light offences.Service NSW will continue to:accept HVIS bookings for inspection of vehiclessell National Written Work Diaries.Understand the new functions and importance of the NSW transition hereHeavy Vehicle National Law guide for legal practitionersTo support the transition of services of heavy vehicle investigations and prosecutions in NSW, the NHVR has released the Judicial Guide 2022 to assist judicial officers and legal practitioners with an understanding of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).NHVR Director of Prosecutions Belinda Hughes said the updated guide is an important resource for legal practitioners who may be unfamiliar with the HVNL.“As the NHVR extends its prosecution services into NSW, it is important the courts and lawyers understand the law the NHVR is responsible for prosecuting.“The HVNL can be really complex for those that are not familiar with it.“The Judicial Guide steps legal practitioners through components of the HVNL, such as primary duty offences, explanations on how each offence category is determined, the jurisdictional requirements for each state, defences available and sentencing principles.”The NHVR Prosecutions Unit is anticipated to have over 3500 matters in courts across Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland and the ACT.To view the Heavy Vehicle National Law Judicial Guide visit: www.nhvr.gov.au/law-policies/prosecutionsNHVR Industry Update SessionsJoin NHVR Stakeholder Engagement Officer Tim for a heavy vehicle industry update session, to find out the latest information on access, fatigue management, the Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Program, Performance Based Standards and more.The latest sessions will be held in Narrabri, Orange and Port Macquarie in NSW.To find out more and RSVP for a NSW event, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/news-events/eventsVictoria adds two new vehicles to PBS high productivity noticeTwo new eligible vehicles have been added to the Victoria schedule of the National Class 2 Performance Based Standards (High Productivity) Authorisation Notice 2022. (No.1) – quad-quad B-doubles longer than 30m and quad-tri B-doubles longer than 30m. These vehicles are approved to operate on the PBS Level 3A Mass Network, providing they exceed the overall length of 30m and meet the reference vehicle axle spacings for 30m quad-quad or quad-tri B-doubles.For more information, see the Operator’s Guide for this Notice on the NHVR website. Consider a career with the NHVRWe value staff with a genuine belief in the work they do and the benefit it will bring.www.nhvr.gov.au/careersConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.Get in touch13 NHVR (13 64 87)www.nhvr.gov.au Enjoying On The Road?Forward this email to share with a friend or click here to subscribe another address.
Issue 114 | 19 July 2022This National Farm Safety Week, we have partnered with the Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA) to inform light vehicle drivers and the community on how to safely share the road with agricultural vehicles – this includes the key vehicle signs light vehicle drivers need to pay attention to. During the week we’ll be discussing farm safety with primary producers. Our Safety and Compliance Officers provided a roadworthy assessment demonstration and vehicle maintenance tips at Grain Producers SA’s Roadworthy Heavy Vehicles… Made Easy! Workshop in Jamestown, and we’ll provide advice on farmers’ chain of responsibility obligations at the Glen Innes Natural Resources Advisory Committee’s Farmer Update information evening.I would like to welcome Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts Jim Betts to his new role. We look forward to working together to deliver safety gains for regional Australia and the heavy vehicle industry as a whole.Don't forget to make your voice count and contribute to future heavy vehicle resources and initiatives by telling us about your current safety policies and processes in our quick industry safety survey.Lastly, the countdown is on with only two weeks until we transition heavy vehicle regulatory functions from Transport for NSW to the NHVR. I look forward to sharing more on the transition of services in our next edition.Sal, CEOShare the road this National Farm Safety WeekThe NHVR and LBRCA is encouraging all road users to share the road with agricultural vehicles and machinery this National Farm Safety Week.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said to watch out for the signs that can help everyone remain safe on our roads.“Please don’t ignore the warning signs you’re receiving from your body, vehicle or the road,” said Sal.“Slow down when driving near a tractor with a flashing amber light and be ready to pull over safely if an agricultural vehicle displaying an ‘OVERSIZE’ sign approaches from the opposite direction.”LBRCA President and Agrigrowers Logistics Director Wade Lewis said farmers can support National Farm Safety Week by having regular conversations with their peers about vehicle safety.“Educate staff and contractors to proactively identify, report and be accountable for safe vehicles and equipment, to help everyone be safe on Australia’s roads.”Read the safety message in full hereFarmers urged to attend free information eveningThe Glen Innes Natural Resources Advisory Committee’s Farmer Update information evening will be held at 5pm on Wednesday 20 July at the Glen Innes and District Services Club.A jam-packed line-up of speakers from across the agriculture sector will discuss farm finance, drought resilience and safety and compliance.NHVR Regulatory, Policy & Standards Principal Advisor Jennifer Rotili will give insight into the obligations of farmers in complying with the Chain of Responsibility – a law that ensures everyone is working with heavy vehicles safely.These rules apply to all operations involving heavy vehicles in the farm business, including loading trucks on-farm, speed, fatigue, rest and directing drivers to operate outside of business hours.To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 6732 3443.New industry code of practice released for Tasmanian agricultural and horticultural industriesAgricultural and horticultural industry participants in Tasmania now have clearer guidance on how to manage hazards and risks around heavy vehicle use, with the NHVR last week registering the Tasmanian Agricultural and Horticultural Registered Industry Code of Practice.The Code had been developed by the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) – the peak body representing the interests of Tasmanian farmers at a state and national level – following consultation with a wide range of industry participants.TFGA Director and Interim CEO Marcus McShane said the Code will encourage consistency in the way that tasks are carried out.“If our industry shares a common understanding of risks and the best ways to eliminate or minimise these, then we can coordinate better when we work with each other by using common terminology and aligning systems, processes, and equipment,” Marcus said.The NHVR is currently working with stakeholders to develop five further industry codes of practice and welcomes enquiries and suggestions about other new codes.Click here to find out more about the Tasmanian Agricultural and Horticultural Registered Industry Code of Practice.Livestock Mass, Dimension and Loading Arrangements Review consultation extendedYou now have more time to comment on the Review of Livestock Mass, Dimension and Loading Arrangements – Discussion Paper. Your feedback will help us create a more productive, single national scheme to improve livestock loading scheme, identify safety and efficiency improvements, and make compliance with the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) easier for everyone.Consultation will now close at 5pm (AEST) on Tuesday, 20 September 2022.This discussion paper has been built on feedback from industry participants, who told us that inconsistency in livestock loading schemes and access arrangements between states and territories make it difficult to comply with HVNL obligations.You can help us find the best way forward to improve livestock transportation in Australia. Visit our website to provide feedback.Heavy vehicle offences in BurpengaryA 43-year-old Slacks Creek man has been fined over $4,000 for driving an unsafe vehicle, unsecured load, severely exceeding standard work hours, driving an over-height vehicle, driving an overweight vehicle and failing to produce a work diary.Officers from the Queensland Police Service’s (QPS) Heavy Vehicle Enforcement Team intercepted a semi-trailer at Burpengary that had travelled from Townsville.It is alleged that the driver was unable to produce a National Drivers Work Diary and admitted he had exceeded his permitted work time by several hours. A vehicle inspection found the trailer to be badly affected by rust, major structural issues and bearing bald tyres. The inspection also found the load was improperly restrained, with badly worn-out restraints and tie down points in need of repair or replacement.NHVR Chief Operating Officer Paul Salvati said those who breach their safety responsibilities – from the executive to the driver – need to be held accountable.“We know the majority of the heavy vehicle industry manage their safety obligations effectively, however, there continues to be a small cohort of companies and drivers that do the wrong thing.“It’s important we adopt a targeted approach to compliance and enforcement, that focuses on high-risk offenders that pose the greatest safety risk to road users.”Read more about the offences hereNHVR issues guidance on HVNL obligations for RAV operationsIf you’re a party in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) or an executive of a business in the heavy vehicle industry, you have a legal obligation under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) to eliminate or minimise public risk. Failing to do this may result in sanctions ranging from education and formal warnings to injunctions and prosecution, depending on how serious the offence is.However, if you’re a party in the CoR or executive of a business engaging in transport activities with a Restricted Access Vehicle (RAV), you may also be subject to other penalties for failing to adhere to HVNL access requirements. These include using or permitting the use of:a vehicle that contravenes a condition of mass or dimension exemptiona vehicle on a road on which it can’t be used under the authority applying to the vehiclea Class 2 heavy vehicle on a road other than in accordance with a Class 2 heavy vehicle authorisation.You can read more about your obligations in our latest piece of regulatory advice at Obligations for Restricted Access Vehicles.Remember, understanding your vehicle class, and providing the NHVR and road authorities accurate information about your vehicle, its load and the route details, are essential for the safety of your heavy vehicle operation and that of other road users.Consider a career with the NHVRWe value staff with a genuine belief in the work they do and the benefit it will bring.www.nhvr.gov.au/careersConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? 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Issue 143 | 5 July 2022This week, communities in NSW are yet again facing challenges caused by extreme weather and flooding, which is impacting homes, businesses, and roads across the state.I’d like the thank everyone in the heavy vehicle industry for prioritising safety as conditions on the network continue to change. Please remember to plan your journey, be cautious and patient on the roads, and as always – if it’s flooded, forget it.The recent weather events have reinforced how essential it is to have a safe and efficient heavy vehicle network across the country. We remain focused on transitioning the heavy vehicle regulatory functions from Transport for NSW to the NHVR, ready for 1 August. The level of engagement at staff onboarding sessions has been excellent and I am excited for this milestone step towards becoming a single, national, and consistent regulator.To help us achieve this goal, we continue to work closely with safety advocates, industry and government. I would like to welcome Catherine King as Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister and Carol Brown as Assistant Infrastructure and Transport Minister, and I look forward to working together to deliver a safe and productive heavy vehicle industry.We’ve also been liaising with industry on the barriers and opportunities of low emission vehicles and future fuel technologies to improve heavy vehicle safety and productivity. I was pleased to attend the National Bus Industry Summit in Canberra last week to discuss the challenges facing the sector, including the transition to zero emission buses and coaches. This financial year our Vehicle Safety and Performance unit will investigate how to remove the regulatory barriers limiting the uptake of safer modern heavy vehicles.Stay safe.Sal, CEOTake our industry safety surveyWe want to hear from you about how you implement safety in your business and what has changed since our last industry safety survey. This is the third survey. Previous results have helped shape enhancements to the NHVR’s 9 Step SMS Roadmap.NHVR Manager Safety Policy Amanda Capper said the NHVR Industry Safety Survey 2022 seeks to gain an understanding of how participants in the heavy vehicle industry are managing their safety responsibilities.“This an opportunity for the NHVR to look at safety systems across the heavy vehicle industry. We will use survey results to focus our future support for industry through information, education and safety initiatives,” Amanda said.“Your feedback will also allow the NHVR to assess awareness and use of the NHVR’s Safety Management System guidance materials and heavy vehicle safety technologies.“We are keen to hear from as many people in the heavy vehicle industry as possible, including subcontractors, schedulers and drivers.”The survey should take less than 15 minutes. Please click here to have your say.If it’s flooded, forget itThe NHVR is urging all heavy vehicle operators to take steps to ensure safe travel when operating in and around areas affected by heavy rainfall and flooding.Follow these simple steps when accessing flood-affected areas:1. Check the local road conditions through state road manager websites. A list of websites with the latest information about road conditions can be found here.2. If travelling in an affected area, check with local emergency services or recovery operations.3. 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 or call 13 NHVR (13 64 87) for assistance. Avoid using back tracks or off-network roads to get around road closures.For more information visit www.nhvr.gov.au/news/floodingOperator to spend more than $54,000 on mass education initiativesThe NHVR has accepted an enforceable undertaking (EU) from equipment rental hire company Pacific Hire Wangaratta, in response to a severe mass breach.NHVR Director of Prosecutions Belinda Hughes said Pacific Hire Wangaratta would make significant changes to their operations to prevent a recurrence.“Pacific Hire Wangaratta has committed more than $54,000 towards education initiatives to rectify its safety breaches – a considerable investment that could not have been achieved through a court fine,” Ms Hughes said.“It demonstrates the company’s commitment to educate, train and raise awareness in complying with the Heavy Vehicle National law.”Under the EU, the company must deliver a load restraint driver training handbook, which will be made available to industry as a downloadable resource.Staff will receive training on load restraint requirements and the safe stowing of high-risk equipment, which includes Elevated Work Platform, forklift, and yellow card requirements.Biannual safety management system audits and reviews will be conducted with senior management, and monthly toolbox meetings, transport procedures and processes will be discussed with staff.Failures to comply with the EU can lead to a person or entity being prosecuted.To read more about the enforceable undertaking visit: https://www.nhvr.gov.au/law-policies/enforceable-undertakingsNational Road Train Notice incorporates Burke Development and Ootann roads accessConditional access for Type 2 road trains along the Burke Development Road, Mungana and Ootann Road, Almaden has now been now included in the National Class 2 Road Train Authorisation Notice 2022 (No.2)If you’re travelling this route under this Notice, you must comply with the Queensland special conditions in the ‘Network and Mapping’ section of the National Class 2 Road Train Authorisation Notice 2022 Operator's Guide.These conditions include specific requirements relating to warning lights, call point contact systems, dedusting, speed limits and separation distances.The Queensland Class 2 Road Train (Burke Development Road) Authorisation Notice 2017 (No. 1) has expired and will not be reviewed.National PBS High Productivity Notice released in NSWOperators of eligible Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles can now access key freight routes in New South Wales under the National Class 2 Performance Based Standards (High Productivity) Authorisation Notice 2022.The Notice replaces thousands of permits, saving administrative time and cost for industry and government.The new network supports access for higher productivity PBS vehicles to travel under notice on more than 15,000km of New South Wales state roads, including vital routes for freight – the Hume and Newell highways and the Sydney Motorway network.The following vehicle types are eligible to travel under the Notice:PBS level 2B tandem dolly A-doubles3 designs of Tier 3 PBS 2B A-doubles at up to 85.0 tonnes (HML)Tier 3 PBS Level 1 Quad Axle semi-trailers (up to 20m in length), meeting or exceeding the minimum axle spacing requirements on the PBS Level 1 HML state road network at 50.5 tonnesTier 3 PBS 2B Quad Axle B-doubles up to 77.5 tonnes (HML)20m PBS Level 2 Truck and Dog combinations and B-doubles respectively up to 57.5 tonnes on the Great Western Highway between Emu Plains and Marrangaroo.The Notice was first published in November last year for Victorian networks. One of the biggest benefits for operators is that there are shared vehicle templates between New South Wales and Victoria.You can find the new networks on the NSW Performance Based Standards interactive maps and see these vehicle templates in the Operator's Guide here.Consider a career with the NHVRWe value staff with a genuine belief in the work they do and the benefit it will bring.www.nhvr.gov.au/careersConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.Get in touch13 NHVR (13 64 87)www.nhvr.gov.au Enjoying On The Road?Forward this email to share with a friend or click here to subscribe another address.
Issue 142 | 22 June 2022Supporting a diverse range of customers from across the heavy vehicle industry and explaining a set of laws, which can sometimes be complex, is challenging for any organisation.This engagement often happens at the roadside as NHVR officers work with drivers to explain safety and compliance issues face to face. It also occurs over the phone, via email and on social media and that’s why we are proud to have recently received the International Customer Service Standard certification through the Customer Service Institute of Australia.This recognises our commitment to working with customers and all road users to achieve positive safety and productivity outcomes.And more recently we’ve sought to reach even more customers in the heavy vehicle industry by adding a number of support features to our website.These features not only translate important regulatory information into more than one hundred languages, but also support other customers who might have a learning difficulty, visual impairment or other reading challenges.To gain a better understanding of your requirements under the Heavy Vehicle National Law visit www.nhvr.gov.auJanelle van de Velde, A/CEOWebsite feature to support needs and diversityThe NHVR has recently added a number of accessibility and language features to our website, to continue to support the diverse range of customers from across the industry.NHVR Corporate Affairs Executive Director Michelle Tayler said the support is important for the one-in-five Australians who encounter barriers when online due to having a disability, learning difficulty, visual impairment, or speak English as a second language.“You can activate this support by clicking on the ‘Accessibility tools’ button in the top-right corner of the NHVR website,” Michelle said. “This will add the Recite Me toolbar to the top of the site.“The toolbar includes a wide range of features such as translation into more than 100 languages, text-to-speech functionality, reading aids, and styling options including adjustments to colour, font type, and size.“Accessibility is extremely important to us, and we’re committed to ensuring we help everyone online to view content in a way that works best for them.”> Try out this free service at www.nhvr.gov.auFees, work diaries and HVNL fines to increase from 1 JulyNHVR access permit fees will increase by $2 and the cost of a National Driver Work Diary will increase by $1 (from $25 to $26) from Friday, 1 July 2022. Fees will also increase for National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme modules. These increases are in line with CPI.Heavy Vehicle National Law penalties and fines will also increase in line with CPI.> Click here for the new NHVR fee schedule> Click here for the new HVNL penalty and fine scheduleProhibited requests and contracts examined in latest Regulatory AdviceThe NHVR’s latest Regulatory Advice explains the risks of engaging in requests and contracts that are prohibited under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).The advice is essential reading for anyone who can directly or indirectly influence a heavy vehicle driver or a party in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) regarding speed, fatigue and work and rest hours.If you manage, employ or have any influence over the transport activity of another party, it is your responsibility to adhere to the HVNL which prohibits: “requesting, directing, or contracting in a way that would cause or encourage a driver to breach fatigue requirements or speed limits or that would result in another party in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) causing a driver to breach fatigue requirements or speed limits.”Examples are provided to illustrate how this situation may apply to you and tips and resources are provided to help you prevent, control and manage the risks of engaging in a request or contract with a heavy vehicle driver or other transport and logistics provider.> Click here to read the new regulatory advice on ‘Prohibited requests and contracts under the HVNL’> Find more regulatory advice from the NHVR.Device agnostic for Q by QuallogiThe NHVR has approved additional devices to support regulatory Electronic Work Diaries for Q by Quallogi.These approvals further expanded the range of mobile devices that drivers could use with EWD software and potentially allow more drivers to use their existing mobile device as EWDs.Drivers are still required to ensure they are using an approved EWD to record their work and rest hours.> For the full list or providers and products, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/ewdRegister now for NHVR Portal webinarsJoin us for our next round of NHVR Portal webinars, where you’ll learn more about the NHVR Accreditation Module, how to better manage your Portal account, and some useful tips to plan your route. You can register for each session below.Managing your Portal account28 June 1pm AESTLearn how to set up, make changes and manage users on your account. Register hereLet's talk Accreditation29 June 1pm AESTThis session will cover most common accreditation related questions. Register herePlanning your route5 July 1pm AESTLive demo of route planning with useful tips and things that will save you time.Register hereCity of Playford joins Ag NoticeThe City of Playford in South Australia is now participating in the National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice, giving ag operators greater permit-free access within this local government area.A big thanks to the City of Playford for working with us to bring about this great outcome. 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Issue 141 | 8 June 2022I am proud to announce the NHVR has received International Customer Service Standard certification through the Customer Service Institute of Australia.This certification recognises our commitment to building and maintaining strong working relationships with our customers, to achieve positive safety and productivity outcomes for our industry and all road users.The NHVR has released the Livestock Mass, Dimension and Loading Arrangements discussion paper for consultation, to reduce the regulatory burden on heavy vehicles operations across the farming and agricultural sector.The paper discusses strategies to streamline cross-border transport, including last mile access improvements on local government roads.In other welcomed news, the Hubfleet Electronic Work Diary can now be used across any compatible mobile technology, enabling drivers to seamlessly enter work and rest hours using multiple devices, such as a smartphone or tablet.Sal, CEONHVR substantially expands access to EWDsElectronic Work Diaries (EWDs) are now available on more devices with the NHVR approving the first ‘device agnostic’ EWD – Hubfleet EWD – and approving Smart eDriver by Step Global for use on specific Apple devices.NHVR’s Fatigue Specialist Andreas Blahous said the approvals further expanded the range of mobile devices that drivers could use with EWD software and potentially allowed more drivers to use their existing mobile device as EWDs.“We have approved the Hubfleet EWD software for use on any mobile electronic device, so long as that device meets a range of minimum specifications and outputs. Smart eDriver 2.0 by Step Global can also be used on the Apple iPhone 8 and the 6th Generation Apple iPad,” Andreas said.“In the past 18 months seven EWD providers have had EWDs approved by the NHVR, ready to be sold commercially and utilised legally by heavy vehicle drivers in place of Written Work Diaries.“We expect this to continue to grow, making it easier for providers to add more devices and reducing the cost on operators and drivers.”Drivers are still required to ensure they are using an approved EWD to record their work and rest hours. For the full list or providers and products, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/ewdNHVR seeks industry feedback with livestock discussion paperThe NHVR has released a Livestock Mass, Dimension and Loading Arrangements discussion paper which provides the first stage of our review of state-based heavy vehicle livestock loading arrangements.The livestock industry is subject to a variety of national, state and territory transport and non-transport laws, including laws around fatigue, vehicle standards, vehicle speed limits and licensing, in addition to animal welfare.It also has its own unique challenges – including vehicle mass, dimension and load limits, the movement of live animals, and vehicle safety and compliance.The discussion paper provides an opportunity for industry, government and other interested stakeholders to provide their feedback on current livestock arrangements and what options are available for reforming livestock transport access.Your feedback is important and will help improve safety, productivity and efficiency for the livestock transportation industry.Click here to have your say on the NHVR’s review of livestock mass, dimension and loading arrangements.Advice on risks of submitting false or misleading informationThe NHVR has released a Regulatory Advice to assist operators to understand the information they are required to submit to officials under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).Under the HVNL anyone who works in the heavy vehicle industry must provide accurate and truthful information about their transport activities.Submitting verbal or written information to the NHVR or other officials that is false or misleading – either knowingly or recklessly – is an offence and subject to prosecution.The easy-to-follow guidelines explain the HVNL requirements and provides useful examples to illustrate, for example, what happens if a driver falsifies their work diary or provides false vehicle mass limits to a loader.Click here to read the new regulatory advice on ‘Providing false or misleading information to the NHVR’Or click here for more regulatory advice from the NHVR.Joint operation to target waste load complianceA joint South Australian operation with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the NHVR was carried out educate waste transporters about the need to restrain all loads.EPA Investigations Manager Stephen Barry said Safety and Compliance officers performed heavy vehicle on road compliance and enforcement activities expiations of $192 sent to eight operators.“Waste escaping from trucks can cause can create a hazard for other drivers and a litter problem on public roads, and it can also end up in stormwater or waterways,” Stephen said.NHVR Director of Southern Region Operations Paul Simionato said it was important owner-operators understood their safety and regulatory obligations when transporting waste.“Companies have a legal duty to ensure every load is secured adequately and they provide appropriate scheduling for drivers in order to maintain safety on our roads,” he said.> Read the full article from EPA SA hereNSW public holiday conditions for agricultural vehiclesThe National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice Operator's Guide was updated recently to include a new piloting requirement in NSW Zone 3 and Zone 5.Operators should note that any agricultural vehicle or combination operating under the Notice outside of Zone 1 (Zone 3 and zone 5), that is wider than 3.2m and/or longer than 22m may only operate during a public holiday period if they are accompanied by (at a minimum) a pilot vehicle, unless travelling a distance of up to 500 metres between paddocks adjoining public roads.Note: The new pilot requirement doesn’t exempt the agricultural vehicle or combination operating under the Notice from more restrictive Notice requirements, such as the requirement for two pilots or escorts due to a dimension or road condition.> Click here for more information and see “Conditions”New commitment to work together on truck safetyIndustry body TruckSafe and the NHVR will work together to improve road safety for all Australian truck drivers.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the two organisations were working together to investigate common auditing approaches to help industry and inform the development of a national auditing standard being as part of the Heavy Vehicle National Law Review.“It is important for the NHVR and industry to collaborate on safety and productivity improvements,” Sal said.“Together with industry, we hope to progress a safer, more productive heavy vehicle industry, while reducing the regulatory burden.”TruckSafe Chair, Paul Fellows said it was a welcome and logical move.“Ultimately TruckSafe and the NHVR have the same aim for a safe industry,” he said.“We’re hoping to start with driver health because our industry’s most important asset is our drivers.”Consider a career with the NHVRWe value staff with a genuine belief in the work 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Issue 140 | 25 May 2022In exciting news, the transition of heavy vehicle safety and regulatory services from Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to the NHVR will occur from 1 August.This is a significant milestone as NSW is one of the largest jurisdictions. I look forward to welcoming the 340 staff who will join us from TfNSW as we continue to build a single, consistent regulator for industry. Some of the services that will be delivered by the NHVR in NSW include roadside enforcement, investigations, prosecutions, and scheduled heavy vehicle inspections currently provided by Transport for NSW.We’ve been working closely with the NSW Government over the past 18 months to ensure the NHVR will be able to maintain or improve both the standard of transitioning services and also heavy vehicle safety standards in NSW and support the work we are doing across other states.Road safety continues to be a top priority, and one life lost on our roads is one too many. I was delighted to see so many people get involved National Road Safety Week earlier this month. I’d urge you not to keep the road safety momentum and encourage you to get involved with Fatality Free Friday this week.Be the change you want to see on the road and do your part to keep everyone safe.Sal, CEONational body to regulate heavy vehicles in NSW from 1 AugustHeavy vehicle safety services across NSW will have a new home from 1 August with the transition of key regulatory functions from Transport for NSW to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).From 1 August roadside enforcement, investigations, prosecutions, and scheduled heavy vehicle inspections currently provided by Transport for NSW, will be some of the services transferring to the NHVR, along with 340 Transport for NSW staff who currently support the industry.“This transition is another step in reducing the impact of state borders on the movement of freight across Australia,” Sal said.“In particular we’ll be working with our staff to ensure a more consistent approach to compliance and enforcement regardless of where you’re intercepted.”> Read more about the NSW transitionTasmanian farmers invited to give feedback on Industry Code of PracticeThe NHVR is seeking public feedback on the draft Tasmanian Agricultural and Horticultural Industry Code of Practice.Recognising that farming is more than just an occupation but a way of life with its own unique challenges and pressures, this Code highlights the specific hazards and risks around heavy vehicle use within Tasmania’s farming industry – including fatigue, overloading and loss of load – and suggests ways to eliminate or minimise those risks.The Code was sponsored by the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association with funding from the Tasmanian Government and assistance from the NHVR.If you’re an agricultural or horticultural business or operator, we encourage you to have your say. Your feedback ensures the CoP is relevant and useful to your industry.Read the draft Tasmanian Agricultural and Horticultural Industry Code of Practice and find out how to submit your feedback.Feedback should be provided to the NHVR by no later than Friday, 10 June 2022.Regulatory Advice highlights the safety risks of undertrained workersIn their latest regulatory advice for those with a legal duty in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR), the NHVR addresses the risks associated with workers who are insufficiently trained to do their job.If you are a party in the CoR – and if you are not sure, check out this list of 10 functions which make you a CoR party – you must ensure drivers and other workers who interact with heavy vehicles are appropriately skilled.Undertrained workers pose a serious safety risk to themselves, their co-workers and the general public. Incidents that occur due to inadequate training can also result in significant reputational damage to your business.Taking steps to manage these risks is not only critical to ensuring the safety of your heavy vehicle transport activities, it’s also a requirement under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.Read the regulatory advice on managing the risks of undertrained workers.Get more guidance about CoR roles and responsibilities by exploring more regulatory advice here.Joining and maintaining the NHVAS – audit requirementsHeavy vehicle operators can apply for the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) to be recognised for their robust safety systems and receive safety and productivity benefits.Operators require a valid audit to certify that there is a safety management system in place, and they meet the required NHVAS standards.A Compliance Audit Application (CAA) must be submitted to the NHVR at least 28 days prior to an audit being conducted.The CAA must include the following:Booked audit dateAddress where the audit will be undertakenDetails of the NHVAS Approved Auditor (please ensure you have contracted the nominated auditor prior to completing the application)An application to maintain accreditation can be submitted up to six months prior, but no later than one month before the accreditation expires. The Heavy Vehicle National Law does not permit an expired accreditation to be given an extension.NHVAS applications are submitted through the NHVR Portal. For questions or help, call us on 13 NHVR or email us email@example.com with ‘Attn NHVAS’ in the email subject line.Roadside for road safetyIt was great to have drivers stop in for a chat with our Stakeholder Engagement team across Victoria, NSW, Queensland and SA last week as part of National Road Safety Week.The team were roadside to hear from drivers about issues they face and how the NHVR can help.Send us your #truckshotDo you have photos of your truck you want to share with the industry? To be featured, send us a message on our Facebook page. Make sure you’re following the page to see other #truckshot photos shared too.Photo supplied by Charlie A.Consider a career with the NHVRWe value staff with a genuine belief in the work they do and the benefit it will bring.www.nhvr.gov.au/careersConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.Get in touch13 NHVR (13 64 87)www.nhvr.gov.au
Issue 139 | 10 May 2022With National Road Safety Week kicking off this Sunday, we are reminding all road users of their responsibility to ensure everyone goes to work and arrives home safely.During the Week, our staff will be out on the road chatting to drivers and industry, to help answer any safety and heavy vehicle related questions. I also encourage you to join me in participating in a R U OK? In Trucks and Sheds workplace event on 17 May, the link provided here gives you access to a wide of range of tools and resources for your event.It is timely that during National Road Safety Week, the NHVR will be joining industry and the states in a Heavy Vehicle National Law Review workshop to help pursue improved law reforms, including importantly delivering safer and more flexible fatigue outcomes. This will be the second workshop facilitated by the independent adviser to the Review, with a report outlining the outcomes due to ministers in the next few months.I am proud to announce the release of the latest season of OzHelp Health in Gear’s Share The Load podcast, which details drivers’ stories on how they look after their mind and body.Be sure to be following our Facebook page during the week where we will be encouraging everyone to pledge to drive so others survive.Sal, CEOHeavy vehicle safety focus for National Road Safety WeekThe NHVR is urging all road users to take care around heavy vehicles, ahead of the 2022 National Road Safety Week.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said National Road Safety Week was also a timely reminder for truck drivers to make sure they were operating safety.“To support National Road Safety Week, our staff will be out and about across the country, so no matter which major freight route you’re travelling on, drop in for a chat,” Sal said.> Find out more about National Road Safety WeekRoadside info sessions for National Road Safety WeekTo support National Road Safety Week, the NHVR’s Stakeholder Engagement team will host truck driver information sessions on Thursday 19 May across major freight routes in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and SA.In response to customer feedback, the NHVR is committed to meeting more truck drivers in person, on the road. For these events, drivers are encouraged to drop in for a chat, discuss any issues they face and find out how the NHVR can help.> Click here for the full event detailsNew season of heavy vehicle podcast helps industry Share The LoadThe OzHelp Foundation’s (OzHelp) Health in Gear program has launched their second season of the Share The Load podcast in preparation for National Road Safety Week.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto congratulated OzHelp on the podcast’s second season, which features truck drivers’ stories on the health and wellbeing issues they face.“Heavy vehicle operators and drivers, like everyone, need tools and resources to maintain their mental and physical health and stay safe on our roads,” Sal said.“National Road Safety Week provides an important opportunity to shine a light on the importance of road safety and reflect on the role we all play in making roads safer for everyone.” OzHelp CEO Darren Black said episodes don’t shy away from the difficult topics such as depression and alcohol and drug use.“By creating a safe and open dialogue, we better connect with our audience and provide health and wellbeing advice that will keep our roads safe, and our industry moving,” Darren said.> Find out more about the second season of the Share The Load podcastNominations open for local government bridge and culvert assessmentsLocal councils are encouraged to submit their applications for funded bridge and culvert engineering assessments through the NHVR’s Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP).The SLGAAP is designed to support local governments in better understanding their asset capability and heavy vehicle access decisions.“For this intake of nominations, we’ll provide assessments of local government road assets along key freight routes that deliver whole of network journey outcomes,” Sal said.“Each assessment includes an engineering report that enables road managers to better understand their asset’s true heavy vehicle capability, to help make informed decisions on network access.”Nominations close Wednesday 8 June 2022.To find out more about the selection criteria and how to nominate visit https://nhvr.engagementhub.com.au/page/nominations-now-openHeavy Vehicle Toolbox TalksThe National Road Safety Partnership Program will release monthly evidence-based Toolbox Talks (TBT) designed specifically for the heavy vehicle sector.The first TBT is on Driver Distraction, with a digital resources pack to assist managers to lead a discussion on the dangers of mobile phone use when while driving, to a group of employees within the organisation.Future topics include fatigue, habits and complacency, pre-start checks, loading/unloading heavy vehicles, driver empowerment, and managing anger behind the wheel.The TBT project is funded by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.> Find out more about NRSPP’s heavy vehicle Toolbox TalksRegulatory Advice explores the safety risks of time slot bookingsThe latest in a series of regulatory advice from the NHVR addresses the risks of tight delivery schedules and pick-up times in the heavy vehicle industry.The demand on drivers and other workers to meet stringent time slot requirements may result in pressures to make up time, which can result in driving while fatigued, breaking speed limits, or the rushed loading or unloading of vehicles. These behaviours can result in serious health and safety hazards.This guidance from the national regulator clearly defines who has a duty to manage these safety risks in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) and offers advice on control measures and strategies to mitigate those risks.Read the new regulatory advice on ‘Managing the risks of time slot bookings’The NHVR’s regulatory advice pieces are helping the industry to better understand CoR laws and how best to manage the safety risks and hazards of heavy vehicle transport activities.View more regulatory advice from the NHVR here.Don’t forget to register for your free Fatigue Choices consultationThe next round of our Fatigue Choices program is open to operators who wish to learn more about flexible fatigue management options for their business.The program includes free, one-on-one consultations where operators can discuss their fatigue management options with a member of the NHVR’s Fatigue and Human Factors team.The sessions are conducted online, take less than an hour, and there’s nothing operators need to do to prepare.Sessions book out quickly, so please register your interest here.Consider a career with the NHVRWe value staff with a genuine belief in the work they do and the benefit it will bring.www.nhvr.gov.au/careersConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? 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Issue 138 | 28 April 2022It’s been a particularly busy two weeks on our roads with school holidays, and the Easter and ANZAC Day long weekends. I’d like to thank everyone in the heavy vehicle industry for your commitment to your own safety and the safety of other roads users during this time.This week we released our latest regulatory advice, which focuses on the construction industry. It reminds heavy vehicle operators and their executives of their Chain of Responsibility legal obligations, and how to manage safety risks and hazards. You can read more below.We know safety extends beyond transport activities, and having regular and meaningful conversations with your workmates can make all the difference to each other’s mental health.Healthy Heads in Truck & Sheds Foundation and R U OK? is inviting the heavy vehicle industry and supply chain to host their own R U OK? in Trucks & Sheds event on 17 May. I encourage you to get involved, continue to check in with one another and ask, are you OK?Sal, CEOCompany and manager charged for chicken truck crashCharges have been laid against a transport company and sub-contracted manager after a heavy vehicle transporting live chickens crashed at Remembrance Drive in Cardigan, Victoria, in February 2020.Victoria Police Heavy Vehicle Unit conducted an extensive investigation into the crash, which led to the current category 1 and 2 charges under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL). The charges refer to a breach of duty creating risk of serious injury, illness, or death.NHVR Director of Prosecutions Belinda Hughes said the heavy vehicle driver, who had told his boss he needed to rest, was lucky to escape with his life.“The company and manager are now being charged with the most serious offences under the HVNL for failing to fulfil their primary duty obligations, which put the driver and other road users at serious risk,” Belinda said.The matter will next be heard on 20 May 2022 at The Melbourne Magistrates’ Court in Victoria.Regulatory Advice for heavy vehicles in the construction industry now availableManaging the hazards and risks associated with heavy vehicles in the construction industry is the latest subject in the NHVR’s new regulatory advice series.Based on reports from compliance officers and the 2021 National Roadworthiness Survey, heavy vehicles have an observed pattern of non-compliance when used in construction activities.As projects pick up across the country, the NHVR will be increasing its safety and compliance activities, with a focus on Chain of Responsibility (CoR) in the construction industry.The regulatory advice explains the CoR laws and is tailored to address the concerns of industry executives as well as heavy vehicle operators.For construction company or construction contractor executives: read ‘Managing the risks of heavy vehicle transport activities in the construction industry – Principal Contractor’For construction heavy vehicle operators and their executives: read ‘Managing the risks of heavy vehicle transport activities in the construction industry – Operators’We will keep you updated as more topics are added to the series. In the meantime, you can view more regulatory advice here.R U OK? in Trucks & ShedsR U OK? and Healthy Heads in Truck & Sheds have teamed up to ensure those in the road transport, warehousing and logistics industries know when and how to meaningfully connect and genuinely ask “Are you OK?”Life’s ups and downs happen to us all, but those working in the road transport, warehousing, and logistics industries can face unique challenges.Tight deadlines, long hours, shift work and isolation are all factors that contribute to feeling less connected.One thing we can all do, is drive conversations with our work mates who might be doing it tough, to help them feel connected and supported at work.Show your support by hosting an ‘R U OK? in Trucks & Sheds’ event at your workplace on 17 May 2022.> Click here for more information and register your R U OK? in Trucks & Sheds eventPerformance Based Standards access to the road networkThe NHVR would like to remind owners of Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicle combinations to check that their PBS Vehicle Approval (VA) is valid and up to date.Please be aware that the PBS Vehicle Approval is not an authorisation to access the road network. You must comply with the relevant Notice or obtain an access permit. To apply for an access permit, please visit the NHVR Portal.For more information on PBS Notices visit:National Class 2 PBS Level 1 & 2a Truck and Dog Trailer Authorisation Notice 2021 (No.1)National Class 2 Performance Based Standards (High Productivity) Authorisation NoticeNational Class 2 Performance Based Standards (Tier 1) Authorisation Notice 2021Got questions? Email us firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Attn PBS’ in the email subject line.Consider a career with the NHVRWe value staff with a genuine belief in the work they do and the benefit it will bring.www.nhvr.gov.au/careersConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.Get in touch13 NHVR (13 64 87)www.nhvr.gov.au Enjoying On The Road?Forward this email to share with a friend or click here to subscribe another address.
Welcome to the January - March edition of our industry newsletter. The year is shaping up to be another eventful and exciting one. To begin we'd like to acknowledge the increase in permit turn-around timeframes. To help meet industry demands, our staff are currently working overtime and we’re making every effort to engage and train additional team members. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. We urge you to continue submitting permit applications as early as possible, ensuring full and correct information and necessary documentation is provided. In this quarterly edition, you can find information about:HVS Temporary Special Assistance – Flood Relief PermitsNew functionality in MOVESWhere to register for our WAHVA Industry Online Information Sessions and our Regional WorkshopsHeavy Vehicle Licenced Pilot Scheme Review – UpdateTraffic Escort Services Booking ProcessTransition to Web FormsImproving HVS Digital Services – Traffic Escort Scheduling Solution (TESS)Customer Persona Review. For further information on anything included in this newsletter, please contact the Heavy Vehicle Helpdesk via email at email@example.com.HVS Temporary Special Assistance - Flood Relief Permits In February, as part of the response to the disruption to the East-West Rail Link in South Australia due to flooding, we worked with our Eastern States counterparts and Industry to manage the closure and subsequent supply chain challenges. To ensure the continued supply of food and other essential goods to Western Australia, we developed two Temporary Special Assistance – Flood Relief Permits. In total there were 510 Flood Relief Permits issued. HVS provided 24/7 coverage and escorted loads from the Northam Road Train Assembly Area. Some of the statistics relating specifically to the flood relief permits are provided below. Enhancements to MOVES launched HVS recently introduced a number of new features and enhancements to its self-service customer portal, MOVES. These aim to improve efficiency and streamline HVS services by allowing customers to manage their applications and payments in the one place. We’ve developed a collection of tutorial videos which you can access from the MOVES page and include:Creating a MOVES accountFiltering permit informationAdding a new vehicleMaking paymentsFurther information regarding the new features is available on the MOVES page on our website.Updated Oversize Operating Conditions As part of amendments that have been made to the Class 1 Oversize Period Permit Operating Conditions and the Single Trip OSOM Vehicle Standard Operating Conditions, Appendix 5 within the Single Trip OSOM Vehicle Standard Operating Conditions has been amended to include updated Escort and Pilot Vehicle requirements, as outlined below:The requirement for a Traffic Escort has been replaced with a third pilot vehicle when accompanying an OSOM vehicle over 40 metres in length, up to 50 metres in length, outside the metropolitan area and within the metropolitan area between 9:30 pm and 5:00 am, excluding Freeways.This change has come about as part of our ongoing commitment to consider ways to assist in reducing the demand for TEW bookings, without negatively impacting road safety. Previously, an OSOM vehicle exceeding 40 metres in length has required one (1) Escort Vehicle and two (2) Pilot Vehicles. By replacing the Escort Vehicle requirement with a Pilot Vehicle, it ensures the movement of the OSOM vehicle can continue to be managed safely, whilst making additional TEW resources available to be redirected to other booking requests for higher risk OSOM movements. Please see HVS Update 17-2022 for a full list of amendments and information. The revised operating conditions are now available on the Oversize Overmass (OSOM) page on our website.Planned Introduction of Web Forms Over the next 6 months, we’ll be transitioning our PDF application forms to web forms. Using web forms will provide you with the ability to complete and submit application forms and attach supporting documents (where required) in one step. The first rollout of forms will be available in May and include: Application to List or Update Vehicle or Trailer Information FormRestricted Access Vehicle Operator Registration FormTraffic Escort Services Booking Request or Cancellation or Amendment Application FormAs we transition to web forms, a collection of 'how-to' videos will also be released on the Main Roads website to assist you. WAHVA Industry Online Information Sessions Reminder Changes to the WAHVAS Business Rules, Module Standards and Operator Guide: How to become and stay accredited came into effect on 31 March 2022 for new Accredited Operators, with existing Accredited Operators having until 31 March 2023 to transition. Since early March, we’ve been hosting online information sessions, that provide an overview of the changes. The one hour sessions will continue until the end of May. Places are limited for each session. If you would like to register please click on the button below:Register Here The updated documents are available on the Accreditation and Auditing page on our website. WAHVA Certified Auditor Online Information Sessions We held three online information sessions for the WAHVA Auditor Group in January. Attendees had the opportunity to discuss any queries they had about the planned changes to the Module Standards and Templates, and Certification and Training Process directly with the HVS Accreditation Team. Each of the sessions covered topics including:Main Roads WAHVA Auditor Certification Process: online training, important dates and pre-qualification requirementsAmendments to the audit report, operator guide, audit matrix, FAQ’s, guidelines for audit providers and the module standardsAn overview of the planned engagement with the transport industry about the changes to the module standards. 2022 HVS Industry Workshop and Information Session Dates and Reminder Due to restrictions relating to public health and social measures, our first HVS Industry Workshop and Information Session for the year is planned for the 28 April in the Metropolitan Region. As usual spots filled quickly for this workshop, however, we would like to remind everyone that you can still register to attend our other regional sessions. These provide a good opportunity for you to come and discuss and raise any heavy vehicle issues with staff from key areas within HVS and the Department of Transport, with a focus on 'What we can do together to make this work better?' If you haven't already, please register below. Register HereTraffic Escort Services Booking Process Change In response to requests from industry to reduce the number of false or phantom bookings being made in the Traffic Escort Services (TES) schedule, HVS worked with representatives from Industry to refine the Traffic Escort Booking process. As a result, from 31 March 2022, all TES booking applications and amendments to existing booking dates need to include evidence of the: TES Head Agreement holder’s client details (including company / business name, contact person and contact number)Transport Operatorequipment to be transported anddate(s) of movement(s).This change to process removed 165 ‘phantom’ bookings from the TES schedule. Improving HVS Digital Services Project - Traffic EscortScheduling Solution (TESS) Module The ‘Improving HVS Digital Services Project’, which includes replacing and improving our internal and external facing systems, will commence in the second half of 2022 and will transform the way that we do business with you. We expect our digital transformation will take us up to two years to complete. In recognition of the consistent increase in demand for Traffic Escort Services, and as part of our Improving HVS Digital Services Project, we’re bringing forward the development and deployment of the Traffic Escort Scheduling Solution (TESS) module – which will have both internal and external interfaces. As part of the TESS module development, we identified a group of TES customers, who have agreed to assist us in mapping out the functionality and features our TES customers want to see in the TESS customer interface. Once developed, they will also help us test the functionality and features prior to deployment. Traffic Escort Recruitment We recently wrote an article in the WA Transport Magazine that provided a glimpse into the role of a Main Roads Traffic Escort Warden (TEW). TEWs play a critical role in the movement of high-risk, Over Size Over Mass (OSOM) vehicles throughout Western Australia. The use of a Warden is required where the dimensions of an OSOM vehicle and its load exceed 5.5 metres in width and/or 40 metres in length. If you, or someone you know, is interested in becoming a Traffic Escort Warden, contact Integrity Staffing, Hays Recruitment or Indigenous Managed Services and make an appointment to discuss the role and your suitability further. As vacancies arise, the employment agency will forward your details to Main Roads where your application will be assessed, and if considered to be suitable, you will be interviewed. Main Roads Customer Persona Review Update The Customer Persona Review continued over the last quarter. Thank you again to those who provided feedback and volunteered to be part of the small group or one-on-one interviews. Over 30 per cent of respondents to the ‘Interacting with Main Roads Survey’ identified as Heavy Vehicle Customers. Initial results indicated that these customers preferred to access travel impacts, permits and accreditation information via the website and email. Accessing HVS Travel Impacts: Accessing Permits, Accreditation and other HVS Information: The review also highlighted that a lot of our customers are unaware that they can subscribe to receive the latest HVS news and updates. If you know someone who might benefit from receiving our subscriptions, please feel free to forward this newsletter onto them and encourage them to follow the ‘how to subscribe’ instructions at the bottom of this newsletter. Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence Reference Group In November 2021 Main Roads announced a review of the Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence scheme. To assist Heavy Vehicle Services (HVS) undertake the review, a Pilot Licence Reference Group was established to consider significant aspects and inform decisions. See HVS Update 23A-2021 for a list of stakeholders who have accepted the invitation to join the Pilot Licence Reference Group. The review is being led by an independent facilitator and meetings began in March. Pilot training has been identified as one of the key topics of discussion. Information about the progress of the group will be published on the My Say Transport website.Great Northern Highway Convoys At the beginning of April, loads in excess of 4.5 metres wide, were restricted from travelling on Great Northern Highway between Mount Magnet and Paynes Find between, due to inclement weather. The restrictions led to a backlog of over 20 Oversize Overmass (OSOM) loads that were unable to travel this section of the highway. Heavy Vehicle Services worked with our teams from the Mid West Gascoyne Region to collaborate and put in place a plan to clear the backlog. On the morning of 6 April, OSOM loads exceeding 5.5 metres wide were able to depart under traffic escort, in staged convoys of up to six loads. The first departed from Mount Magnet, travelling south of the highway to the exclusion of traffic travelling in the opposite direction. The second convoy departed once the OSOM loads travelling south passed Paynes Find, and the OSOM loads travelling north from Paynes Find were able to depart in convoys to the exclusion of traffic travelling in the opposite direction. Several convoys in each direction were approved for travel, with up to six loads in each convoy to clear the backlog of OSOM loads.Images provided courtesy of Gary Dunlop
Issue 137 | 13 April 2022This Easter is anticipated to be one of the busiest periods on our roads, with some predictingpre-pandemic traffic levels.Road safety is critical for everyone travelling during the Easter holiday period.We have released a series of Easter safety videos, with operators sharing their tips for caravanners and light vehicle drivers on how to drive safely with heavy vehicles. I encourage you to share these videos with your friends and family, so we can ensure everyone has a safe and efficient Easter.To industry, make sure you check in with one another and get quality rest. For those taking a break, enjoy time spent with family and friends.I wish you all a safe and happy Easter.Sal, CEOEaster travel restrictionsSome states and territories may have travel restrictions in place over the Easter holiday period for agricultural, oversize/overmass and special purpose heavy vehicles.For vehicles operating under a permit, operators should check the permit’s conditions to establish whether Easter or public holiday travel restrictions are listed or are referenced in related notices.All heavy vehicles are subject to conditions of access under their relevant notice or permit.> Click here for more information about access over the Easter holiday periodCompanies receive Improvement Notices to rectify fatigue breachesTwo companies have recently been issued with Improvement Notices by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).An NHVR investigation identified multiple work diary, work hours and fatigue issues, and both companies failed to provide adequate fatigue compliance training and appropriate scheduling for their employees. Under the Improvement Notices, both companies must take corrective action and deliver activities including formal training, weekly and fortnightly audits, revised scheduling, Driver Safe Journey Plans, and non-conformance policies, to prevent further breaches. NHVR Director of Investigations Steve Underwood said immediate action must be taken by both companies after they put their drivers and the wider community at risk.“An improvement notice enables the offenders to improve their safety and compliance systems quickly, with the NHVR monitoring the required notice activities to remedy the situation,” Steve said.> Read the improvement notices article hereJoin the thousands of operators reaping NHVAS safety and productivity benefitsMore than 8,100 operators across Australia are enjoying the multiple benefits the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) has to offer.Chief Operations Officer Paul Salvati said scheme membership provided a competitive edge, productivity gains and significant safety benefits.“Whether you’re a business or a single-vehicle owner-operator, you can use the NHVAS as your pathway to safer transport activities, regardless of the business sector you’re operating in,” Paul said.“If you’re a subcontractor with NHVAS membership, companies know they’re engaging someone with an auditable safety management system that makes their operations safer, and that you’re serious about meeting your primary duty requirements.“You can also get productivity benefits from being NHVAS Mass Management accredited, as it allows you to operate at Concessional Mass Limits for general access to the road network, meaning you can carry more each trip and reduce the number of trips you make.Maintenance Management record-keeping gives operators a clear picture of possible vehicle replacement needs. Their investment into newer, safer vehicles reduces vehicle downtime, with more time spent on the road and less over inspection pits, while getting accredited in Basic or Advanced Fatigue Management lets you operate under more flexible work and rest hours.Also, recent changes to the scheme see even more safety management system activities included.“Once you have NHVAS accreditation, it’s easy to build on it by using the NHVR’s 9 Step SMS Roadmap to make your safety management system even more comprehensive,” Paul said.For more information about joining the NHVAS, visit nhvr.gov.au/nhvasOzHelp partner with Coles Supply Chain to deliver their Health in Gear programLeading suicide prevention organisation, the OzHelp Foundation (OzHelp), has announced that its industry tailored Health in Gear program will be delivered to inbound drivers at Coles Distribution Centres.The partnership will cover 10 Coles distribution centres nationally and focuses on supporting the health and wellbeing of primary freight truck drivers, by delivering health checks and wellbeing support.OzHelp’s pilot Health in Gear program was co-funded by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative supported by the Federal Government, with contributions from OzHelp and industry partners.> Click here to read more about the Coles partnershipTransferring a Performance Based Standards vehicleIf you have purchased a second-hand Performance Based Standards (PBS) combination and would like to transfer the PBS Vehicle Approval (VA) into your company’s name, please follow these steps: 1. Fill out a PBS Vehicle Approval (VA) transfer application form.2. Provide proof of vehicle ownership of all vehicles being transferred such as certificates of registration or purchasing invoices. The proof of vehicle ownership must include the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and the company name.3. Email the completed form along with proof of vehicle ownership to the PBS email box firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘VA Transfer Request’ in the email subject line.It’s important to note PBS vehicles are approved as a combination.Individual vehicles forming part of a combination cannot be transferred individually. For example, a truck and dog transfer application must contain at least one truck VIN and one dog trailer VIN, and both VINs must be listed on the original VA.Got questions? Email us email@example.com with ‘Attn PBS’ in the email subject line.Routing made easier with new mapping toolOperators now have access to easier and more accurate route planning with the release of the NHVR’s next generation route planner.Program Director David Carlisle said the improved mapping tool was the next step towards the NHVR delivering a nationally consistent, intelligent route planning platform for the heavy vehicle industry.“The new route planner incorporates design specifically for heavy vehicle travel, which will help operators plot more accurate heavy vehicle routes, minimise routing errors and reduce the time it takes to plan a journey,” David said.“Road data can be updated on the map in near real time, meaning operators won’t need to rely on notes, modifications or drawings to their permit applications.“And the downloadable routing feature captures historic routing information for operators to use in their own spatial systems and view all approved routes on a single map.“We know accurate and consistent route planning is essential for safe and productive operations, so this is great step towards making this process easier for industry.“We’ll continue to work with operators, road managers and jurisdictions to make further improvements over the next twelve months, moving towards a single national network map that supports dynamic heavy vehicle networks.”The Next Generation Route Planner is available now in the NHVR Portal.> Click here to learn more about the new route plannerNSW floodsFlooding in Sydney and surrounding areas will see some heavy vehicles driving on weather impacted roads that could pose a significant risk to drivers, vehicles, and other road users. Read the post flooding safety check list for a guide on routine maintenance to reduce the impacts of operating in wet conditions. Send in your truck shotDrivers are sharing their best truck shots with us over on the NHVR’s Facebook page for their chance for their photo to be featured.Do you have a truck shot to submit? Follow the Facebook page for regular calls for submissions. Photo credit: Rhianna HConsider a career with the NHVRWe value staff with a genuine belief in the work they do and the benefit it will bring.www.nhvr.gov.au/careersConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.Get in touch13 NHVR (13 64 87)www.nhvr.gov.au Enjoying On The Road?Forward this email to share with a friend or click here to subscribe another address.