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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