Issue 141 | 8 June 2022
I 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.
NHVR substantially expands access to EWDs
Electronic 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/ewd
NHVR seeks industry feedback with livestock discussion paper
The 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 information
The 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 compliance
A 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 here
NSW public holiday conditions for agricultural vehicles
The 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”
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