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 email@example.com 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. See their approved zones in the Agricultural Heavy Vehicle Zone Map.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 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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