Issue 130 | 14 December 2021The holiday season is here, and for many, that means a break from work and time with family and friends. For the heavy vehicle industry though, Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year.With borders opening up, we know there will be much more traffic on our roads and a little more care and patience will be required to ensure everyone remains safe. I urge everyone to please continue to undertake daily safety checks and get quality rest.Importantly, I again want to thank the heavy vehicle industry and supply chain for your vital and essential support to the Australian community over the last 12 months.It is a huge credit to the road transport sector that you have continued to navigate the constantly changing environment. Thank you for remaining resilient in your approach to ensure the best health and safety outcomes for everyone you have interactions with. Thank you.I’m also particularly proud heading into Christmas and the new year that we can be confident in the health of our national heavy vehicle fleet.Today we released the results of our National Roadworthiness Survey which showed the rate of non-conformities are down to 31 per cent from 48 per cent in 2016. This is a positive outcome and means safer trucks on our roads, as well as improved productivity through less truck breakdowns. Well done to all owners and operators for their investment in achieving this result.We know the current AdBlue situation is top of mind for industry as we head into the Christmas period. The NHVR is providing assistance to the Commonwealth to support their work in this area.Have a safe and happy Christmas, and I look forward to working with you all in 2022. Sal, CEOA healthy heavy vehicle fleet heading into ChristmasThe NHVR has congratulated owners and operators that have contributed to a significant improvement in the mechanical health of Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the results of the National Roadworthiness Survey 2021 which inspected 13,325 heavy vehicle units across 8338 heavy vehicle combination in all Australian states and territories between May and June showed significant improvements.The key findings from the survey included:The rate of all non-conformities has dropped from the 48 per cent in 2016 to 31 per cent in 2021The rate of major non-conformities and grounding has halved to six per cent of vehicle inspectedBrakes remained the highest non-conforming components – reducing from 25 per cent in 2016 to 14 per cent in 2021Rigid trucks were the highest non-conforming vehicle type at 38 per cent, which has again reduced from 52 per cent in 2016The average age of the inspected fleet was 10.2 years, compared to 9.2 years in 2016.> Read more about the NRS:2021 hereNHVR security seals provide safety assurance for operatorsThe NHVR will commence using branded security seals from 4 January 2022, supporting measures to deliver a consistent tamper proof transport and logistics network.The seals will be used by NHVR officers in South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and the ACT where a heavy vehicle’s load is sealed and inspected.Director Southern Region (Operations) Paul Simionato confirmed the seals would add an additional level of assurance for operators and drivers, together with those taking final delivery of loads.“The seals are another example of the NHVR delivering increased levels of safety and security across industry,” Paul said.“On an occasion where an officer inspects a load, we will re-seal the load with an NHVR security seal, signalling that the load has been inspected and hasn’t been tampered with when it arrives at its final destination.”Any questions regarding security seals, please contact Operational.email@example.comRenewed notice allows short work breaks for concrete agitator driversEligible concrete agitator drivers can continue to record idle time spent in a stationary vehicle while the engine is running as a ‘short work break’, under the upcoming National Heavy Vehicle Concrete Agitator Work and Rest Hours Exemption Notice 2022 (No 1).The renewed exemption notice comes into effect on 1 January 2022 and will allow concrete agitator drivers to take 30 minute ‘short work breaks’ in blocks of 15 continuous minutes while they are sitting in the driver’s seat of a loaded truck and not working.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said this exemption notice provides a practical solution to work and rest management that benefits the industry.“After consulting with industry and conducting a successful trial, we can continue to offer a sensible and safe answer to the common problem of drivers using their work hours for what is effectively rest, when they are held up at a site."“The exemption notice provides both safety and productivity improvements for this important and busy sector.”CCAA CEO Ken Slattery said the renewed exemption notice will be welcomed by industry, as it provides flexibility for drivers by allowing them to choose when they take a break.“This notice allows eligible concrete agitator drivers to take control of their work and rest hours, improving productivity for the concrete industry without compromising safety,” Mr Slattery said.> Click here to read the updated National Heavy Vehicle Concrete Agitator Work and Rest Hours Exemption Notice 2022 (No 1)Online National Class 2 Road Train Authorisation Notice Operator’s Guide The NHVR has released an online operator’s guide for the National Class 2 Road Train Authorisation Notice 2020. The online operator’s guide will replace the PDF guides with one mobile-responsive webpage.Feedback from industry confirmed it’s much easier to find information in these online operator’s guides, which can still be printed as a complete document if operators want to carry a paper copy in their trucks.> Click here to read the online National Class 2 Road Train Authorisation Notice 2020 Operator's GuideHealthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds launches industry recognition campaignHealthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds Foundation recently launched its Industry Recognition Campaign, which aims to raise public awareness of the fantastic work of those in the transport and logistics sector - a largely unseen workforce in Australia.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the campaign would help support improved mental health, safety and wellbeing for truck drivers, distribution centre, and warehouse staff across Australia.“Truck drivers and workers in the heavy vehicle supply-chain are instrumental in keeping Australia’s economy moving, but their efforts aren’t always visible to those who don’t work in the industry,” Sal said.“This campaign will help recognise the dedication and commitment of everyone in the sector during what has been a particularly challenging period.”> Learn more about the HHTS Industry Recognition Campaign hereChristmas and New Year travel restrictionsOver the Christmas and New Year period, there are travel restrictions in place for certain Class 1 heavy vehicles as outlined below.For vehicles operating under a permit, operators should check the permit's conditions to establish whether Christmas 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 holiday accessNHVR office hoursThe NHVR offices will close on Saturday 25 December 2021 and re-open on Tuesday 4 January 2021.During this time, we will continue to process NHVAS and Access applications, but we will not be processing other types of applications (i.e. Fatigue, PBS or Vehicle Standards).The NHVR Contact Centre will be closed on national public holidays, but will open on all other business days from 8am–6pm (AEDT). The Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Line will be closed from 25 December 2021 to 3 January 2022 inclusive.Please be aware that other road managers, such as local governments, may have limited or no services available during this period.> Click here for more informationConsider 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 (136 487)www.nhvr.gov.au
Issue 129 | 30 November 2021Last week, we opened funding applications for the latest round of our Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), which will deliver tangible safety outcomes for the Australian heavy vehicle industry and all road users.Over the previous six rounds of the initiative, the Federal Government has provided $28 million across 117 grant projects ranging from mental health and wellbeing initiatives to chain of responsibility education.One project from Round 4 that I was particularly excited to see launch recently was the ARTSA Institute’s Truck Fires Safety Program, which gave industry safety strategies to reduce the number of truck fires that occur every year.The HVSI is a fantastic program that can achieve significant safety benefits for the industry and community, so I encourage those with a budding safety project to submit an application.In other recent news, I would like to congratulate Infrastructure Australia’s (IA) newly appointed Chair and Board members. It is extremely pleasing to see the wealth of heavy vehicle industry experience represented on the new Board, as well as the diverse range of perspectives to form the nation’s independent infrastructure advisor’s panel.As we move into the busy season, your focus on safety will be important. We’ll continue to focus on education as an alternative to prosecution, and together we’ll work towards preventing future safety risks and tragedies on our roads.We know that in almost every case of an accident or injury, had proper safety measures been followed, an incident wouldn’t occur. You can read about the latest $750,000 enforceable undertaking the NHVR accepted from Lindsay Transport in this edition of On the Road.I encourage you all to continue to practise care and consistency and call out behaviours that are unsafe.Sal, CEO$5.6 million for heavy vehicle safety grantsApplications are now open for Round 7 of the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), which will see $5.6 million invested into initiatives that will deliver safety improvements across Australia’s heavy vehicle industry.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto urged community and industry groups with tangible, effective ideas that align with the theme Safer Drivers, Safer Vehicles, Safer Road Use to submit their application and make a difference.“I look forward to continuing to work with the industry to find solutions that make our roads safer,” Sal said.Applications for Round 7 funding are open until 14 February 2022. The HVSI is funded by the Federal Government.> Read more about HVSI Round 7Lindsay Transport enters $750,000 enforceable undertakingThe NHVR has accepted an enforceable undertaking (EU) from Lindsay Transport that will see approximately $750,000 contributed towards implementing safety training and chain of responsibility education across the Lindsay Transport group of companies.The EU stems from an NHVR investigation into Lindsay Transport’s safety policies and procedures, following the death of driver John Bolton on the Logan Motorway in Queensland in November 2018.The EU requires Lindsay Transport to spend almost $750,000 across two years to implement safety strategies that will ensure all practical steps are taken to prevent any further loss of life, and future public risks are effectively mitigated.“We consulted with Mr. Bolton’s family who expressed their support to accept Lindsay’s EU proposal, given it will deliver activities that directly address the risk that caused this incident, compared to a prosecution where the only penalty available was a fine,” NHVR Director of Prosecutions Belinda Hughes said.> To read more about the EU, click hereCourt ordered conditions to prevent repeat law offendersThe National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has prosecuted two Tasmanian operators for unsafe vehicles and fatigue-related offences, resulting in $27,000 in fines and court ordered Supervisory Intervention Orders (SIOs).NHVR Director of Prosecutions Belinda Hughes said the prosecutions marked two significant milestones for the NHVR, which would help improve safety across the entire heavy vehicle supply chain.> Read more about the SIOs hereNew Board appointments for Infrastructure AustraliaThe Australian Government has appointed Cr Colin Murray as the new Chair of the independent Infrastructure Australia Board.Cr Murray is joined by Vicki Meyer, Cr Vonette Mead, Amanda Cooper, Dr Vanessa Guthrie AO, Elizabeth Schmidt and Robert Moffat who have also been appointed as Directors of Infrastructure Australia’s Board.Infrastructure Australia Interim Chair Mark Balnaves said he was pleased to welcome both Mr Murray and the new Directors to the IA Board and looked forward to the valuable contributions they will bring.> To read the full announcement, click hereSafety Management Systems – the smart move for businessesNHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto recently reminded industry of the benefits of implementing a Safety Management System (SMS).“An SMS helps you better manage the safety of your operations, is a great way to attract new business and ensure you remain compliant with heavy vehicle safety laws.“As Australia’s heavy vehicle industry grows, I encourage everyone to take some time to either review your existing SMS, or to put one in place.”> Click here to read the full articleIf it’s flooded, forget itFlood weather warnings continue in NSW, ACT, VIC and QLD. Make sure you plan ahead and check conditions to ensure safe travel when operating around flood-affected areas.The NHVR has further information online, including road closure updates and applications for emergency accreditation. > To view updates, click here.COVID-19 UpdateAs state and territory border restrictions ease, it’s important that the heavy vehicle industry continues to work together to ensure the safety of our industry, particularly heading into a busy time of the year.The NHVR has a dedicated COVID-19 page on its website, outlining the latest directives, border and vaccination requirements and other information.Industry is encouraged to regularly check the website – www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirus – and please continue to take care.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 128 | 17 November 2021Safety is our number one priority, and we all have a responsibility to ensure our industry goes to work and arrives home safely.This year, we’ve been working closely with the industry to develop a Heavy Vehicle Safety Strategy for the future and I was pleased to release the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Strategy 2021 - 25 and the first of a yearly Action Plan last week.As a modern, risk-based regulator, the focus of our Strategy and Action Plan is based on data-driven intelligence, ensuring we’re targeting and minimising the greatest safety risks on roads and supply chains. As the heavy vehicle industry grows, so too must our continued focus on delivering safety at the highest level.A key part of the strategy and our approach to regulation is ensuring we provide industry and the supply chain with the information and tools you need to manage your business and perform your role safely.In this edition we have released the first piece of regulatory advice material (available here) that provide simple and easy-to-understand guidance about safely transporting shipping container freight. We are keen to hear from you to understand if the information is helpful and if there is anything additional you think we should include. We want to make sure we get it right and it is a valuable resource.I encourage you to read through this important safety information to ensure you are doing everything you can to stay safe as we head into the busy holiday season.Sal, CEOIndustry partnership guides positive safety futureMore fatigue risk management options, targeted compliance activities and promoting safer, cleaner and efficient heavy vehicles are some of the key initiatives to be delivered under the first year of the NHVR’s five-year strategy for heavy vehicle safety.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the Heavy Vehicle Safety Strategy 2021-25 and supporting Action Plan 2021-22 was developed in consultation with a wide range of government, industry and safety advocates. “This Strategy outlines our collective ambitions in achieving better heavy vehicle safety outcomes and reducing the number of crashes, fatalities and serious injuries involving heavy vehicles,” Mr Petroccitto said.> Click here to read more about the StrategyNew Regulatory Advice materials availableOver the coming months, the NHVR will be releasing a suite of regulatory advice to help industry the supply chain better understand Chain of Responsibility laws.The first piece of advice is available now and relates to managing the risks of transporting shipping container freight.“As a risk-based regulator, we’re focused on identifying the greatest safety risks to all parties in the Chain of Responsibility, and helping eliminate or control these risks,” NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said.“Our Regulatory Advice Program is about clearly communicating information to everyone who needs to know, making the heavy vehicle industry and our roads safer.”To read the regulatory advice, click here.Additional regulatory advice will be released over the coming months and industry is encouraged to provide feedback via the NHVR’s website.Long vehicle warning sign changesThe NHVR is reminding operators of long vehicles or road trains to ensure that they are fitted with the correct signage when travelling.The requirements were simplified in 2019 and transitional arrangements for these changes will end on 9 December 2021.Combinations 22-30 metres require a Long Vehicle sign fitted to the back of the vehicle, while combinations 30+ metres long require Road Train signs fitted to the front and back of the vehicle.Operators should also be aware of the conditions of their vehicle’s access approval and continue to observe the road rules and speed limits as set out in each jurisdiction.> For more information about the sign changes, click here.Heavy vehicle safety this grain harvest seasonWith this season’s grain harvest in full swing in many parts of Australia, the NHVR is urging primary producers and contractors to make heavy vehicle safety a priority.Following questions from operators, the NHVR recently released advice that has assessed that a comb mounted on a frame (trailer) designed and built for that dedicated purpose is an agricultural vehicle.This makes it eligible to operate as part of an agricultural combination under the National Agricultural Vehicle Notice (i.e. subject to meeting all other applicable notice conditions).Combs carried on a flatbed or low loader or other types of trailers designed for general transportation work are not considered ‘agricultural vehicles’ under the HVNL and cannot operate under the National Agricultural Vehicle Notice.> Click here for the National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice Operator’s Guide.> Click here for more information on heavy vehicle safety this grain harvest season.If it’s flooded, forget itWith recent weather bringing widespread rain and flooding to parts of the country, heavy vehicle operators are reminded to be aware of their travel routes and to check the conditions before planning their trip.The NHVR has further information online, including road closure updates and applications for emergency accreditation. To view updates, click here.COVID-19 UpdateAs state and territory border restrictions ease, it’s important that the heavy vehicle industry continues to work together to ensure the safety of our industry, particularly heading into a busy time of the year.The NHVR has a dedicated COVID-19 page on its website, outlining the latest directives, border and vaccination requirements and other information.Industry is encouraged to regularly check the website – www.nhvr.gov.au/coronovirus – and please continue to take care.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 (136 487)www.nhvr.gov.au Enjoying On The Road?Forward this email to share with a friend or click here to subscribe another address.
Issue 127 | 3 November 2021The NHVR has this week announced the re-appointment of three board members, including Chair, the Honourable Duncan Gay, together with members Ken Lay AO APM and Robin Stewart-Crompton.I am delighted that all three members accepted the opportunity to continue alongside fellow board members Julie Russell and Catherine Scott, delivering consistency for the NHVR as we progress a number of significant measures, including opportunities to enhance the Heavy Vehicle National Law.In line with the re-appointments, we have also released the NHVR’s updated strategic vision for heavy vehicle safety and productivity reform. As our nation and industry evolves, so too must our priorities and urgency to build on our efforts to be an intelligence-led and risk-based regulator.The NHVR first released its Strategic Directions plan in 2016. Since then, we’ve experienced a lot of change and growth across industry, with our updated plan focussed on three imperatives:Delivering modern and responsive regulation with a focus on sharing data and insights with industryPursuing a consistent safety and productivity agenda focused on increased certaintyInvesting in our digital capabilities to improve how we do business with industry and stakeholders.Some of the ongoing programs of work supporting our Strategic Directions plan include providing increased and tailored regulatory guidance, advocating for practical policy changes and delivering a modern approach to access, focused on understanding infrastructure and providing simpler and more interactive route planning. We’re also ensuring necessary priority is given to promoting positive mental wellbeing amongst industry and the supply chain.We’ve come a long way since 2016 – and we have a lot of opportunities ahead of us. The NHVR has a positive and proactive Strategic Directions plan, critical in ensuring a safe and successful road transport task into the future.Sal, CEOReappointed NHVR Board releases vision for modern regulationDelivering truly borderless operations and increasing flexibility for safe operators are key features of a modern regulatory approach, as outlined in the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Strategic Directions 2021-2026 document.NHVR Chair Duncan Gay said the release of the NHVR’s long term Strategy (first released in 2016) came at a critical time for industry, as the regulator pursues ambitious and relevant industry reform to the Heavy Vehicle National Law, currently under the spotlight.“We know the majority of industry want to do the right thing – our job is to leverage this through data sharing and tailored regulatory approaches to lift safety standards right along the supply chain,” Mr Gay said.Mr Gay was recently reappointed Chair of the NHVR Board and welcomed the reappointment of current Board Members Ken Lay and Robin Stewart-Crompton for a further three years.“The reappointment of Ken and Robin at this critical time for our industry will enable continuity in pursuing the opportunities ahead of us,” he said. “They join Board members Julie Russell and Catherine Scott, who both bring a wealth of practical industry experience to the table.”The NHVR’s Strategy Directions document will be reviewed in another five years, following the completion of transition of services.> To view the latest Strategic Directions document, click here.New PBS access notice provides permit-free travelA new notice delivered by the NHVR will give eligible Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles immediate network access when they receive a vehicle approval with a Tier 1 bridge assessment. The notice applies in South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the removal of the need to source an access permit prior to travel on the road network was a huge reduction in red tape for operators of PBS vehicles and a boost to productivity.“It will significantly help industry through knowing they have immediate access once a vehicle approval is issued for eligible PBS vehicles under this Notice,” added Mr Petroccitto.A link to the Notice and operator’s guide is below:National Class 2 Performance Based Standards (Tier 1) Authorisation Notice 2021 Operator’s Guide> For further information, click here.Renewal Application – timeframe updateThe NHVR has revised the timeframe for current renewal application submissions, from six weeks to 12 weeks. The increase in time provides industry more flexibility and time to plan as industry can renew anytime within the 12-week window.This change also provides road managers additional opportunities to consider changes or improvements to heavy vehicle access, including new assessment of infrastructure since the last approval, or new alternatives such as bypass options.The NHVR encourages operators to ensure they have taken the time to undertake any route amendments or additions before submitting renewals. Amendments can still be made up to six weeks prior to the renewal date.> The revision is in place now, with further information located via the NHVR’s Road Access pageEffective court ordered outcome for NHVR and DriverA driver facing four charges of fatigue breaches and a maximum penalty of $67,320 has instead been ordered to obtain an Electronic Work Diary (EWD) by the South Australian court.This is the 3rd successful application of a Supervisory Intervention Order (SIO) by the NHVR and the first time a court has ordered an EWD to address fatigue breaches.Upon inspection of the vehicle’s load and driver’s work diary, the driver confirmed to NHVR Safety Compliance Officers in South Australia they had worked a total of 15 hours in a 24-hour period, which was in breach of the fatigue rules under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.The driver appeared in court and pleaded guilty, with the NHVR Prosecutions team recommending an SIO as appropriate.The court ordered the driver pay a $6,000 fine, wholly suspended if compliant with the SIO, which was approved in the form requested by the NHVR Prosecutions team.As part of the SIO, the driver is required to:Purchase an NHVR-approved EWDRecord their driving and rest breaks in the EWDReport their EWD records to the NHVRNHVR Director of Prosecutions, Belinda Hughes said the order reflected the NHVR’s approach to seek sentences that are appropriate and proportionate to the nature of the safety risk and behaviour.“These orders address the offending behaviour by focusing on education and strategies to prevent an offence occurring again,” Ms Hughes said.“In this case, the driver does not have to pay a fine, provided he complies with the 12 month court order.“We hope that by using an EWD, the driver will improve his trip planning and ensuring he has adequate rest breaks preventing future fatigue breaches.”> For information on the benefits of an EWD, click here.NHVR approves first two EWDs based on iOS devicesThe NHVR has approved Q by Quallogi as the first Electronic Work Diary (EWD) to operate on an additional Android and two iOS devices.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto confirmed the addition of Apple iPhone SE and iPad (5th Generation) last week, having approved Q by Quallogi in May this year as the fifth official EWD approved for use.“More and more drivers and operators are using EWDs and we expect this trend to increase in the future,” Mr Petroccitto said.“The more device flexibility that can be provided, the more options people have to use an EWD.”The NHVR is currently working with technology providers to develop innovative ways to meet industry’s demand and increase uptake of EWDs.> To stay up to date with approved EWDs and their conditions of use, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/ewdConsider 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 126 | 20 October 2021This month, the NHVR joins thousands of businesses and communities in acknowledging National Work Safe Month and National Mental Health Month. Both themes are extremely important and ongoing priorities for industry and the NHVR.The focus for National Work Safe Month is about thinking safe, working safe and being safe; while National Mental Health Month is focused on the post pandemic recovery challenges and resilience.As Australia gathers increased momentum and state borders start to re-open, everyone’s safety and mental wellbeing is critical. For the heavy vehicle industry, we’ll see more vehicles on roads, and for many, the pace and necessity for goods to be delivered will increase, with the holiday season fast approaching.With this in mind, it’s a timely reminder to ensure safety is at the forefront of everything we do – and that includes ensuring drivers are getting the rest when needed, driving to the conditions, undertaking daily safety checks of vehicles, and importantly, ensuring that drivers are fit for duty. We’re continuing to approach safety through tailored approaches including raising awareness, education and taking enforcement action where required. An example of this approach is the work our prosecutions team is doing relating to enforceable undertakings, with our Director of Prosecutions discussing the approach as part of this edition of On The Road.We’re also continuing to pursue improved flexible fatigue safety outcomes through the Heavy Vehicle National Law review. We are focused on the law better recognising individual driver needs and helping them manage work and rest within current outer limits, as well as ensuring the law recognises safety technologies.The law also needs to enable the regulator to work with operators to establish work and rest hours and safety measures tailored specifically to the operator, and their drivers’ individual circumstances. Ultimately, operators and drivers know their business and how to maximise public safety better than anybody else.I encourage industry to continue to put forward your views to policymakers on how we can enhance fatigue management and all parts of the Heavy Vehicle National Law, as together, we deliver greater levels of safety, security and positive mental wellbeing this month – and ongoing.Sal, CEOHealthy Heads receives crucial funding this Mental Health MonthHealthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHTS) will receive funding through the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) to deliver targeted mental wellbeing resources, tools and programs for truck drivers, and distribution and warehouse staff.The funding allows HHTS to continue embedding the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Roadmap across the sector and deliver new initiatives on a national scale.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the NHVR was extremely proud to support HHTS in their commitment to improving the mental health and wellbeing of the heavy vehicle industry and supply chain.“Prioritising the mental health and wellbeing of our industry and supply chain is crucial to keeping everyone safe, and the sector moving,” Sal said.> For more information, head to www.healthyheads.org.auSenSen contract next step in new monitoring technologyThe NHVR has welcomed a partnership with SenSen to deliver rapid deployable AI solutions using vehicle mounted cameras, a drone, and solar powered trailers.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the contract was the next step in delivering new and innovative ways to make Australian roads safer for everyone.“Having the best, most up-to-date information, including information gathered through cameras, helps us to make better decisions about law reform, safety and productivity programs,” Sal said.> For more information on the contract, click hereApproved temporary variation to escorting arrangements in QueenslandThe NHVR, in consultation with the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and Queensland Police Service (QPS), has allowed a temporary variation to escorting arrangements by QPS.Operators of Class 1 Oversize and Over Mass (OSOM) loads may use the temporary variation during the disaster declaration period relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, or until advised otherwise. The variation is applicable to Class 1 OSOM movements not exceeding 5.5 metres in width and 35 metres in length.The temporary variation is not valid for:wide loads travelling in convoy;all wide load movements involving contra-traffic flows, reverse direction of travel, traffic control and other manoeuvres contrary to the Queensland road rules.Please note that operators must carry a letter of temporary variation, along with any access permit, in the case of an authorised officer’s request. A copy of the letter of temporary variation can be downloaded here.> For further information, please visit the NHVR’s COVID-19 response pageOperator’s guide format – opportunity to commentA 92% satisfaction rating from operators and road managers for the NHVR’s first online National Road Train Prime Mover Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2021 Operator's Guide – which replaced several PDF guides and fact sheets with one mobile-responsive webpage – means we’ll now be publishing all future operator’s guides in this format.Feedback received about this, and the National Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle (up to 40t total mass) Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2021 Operator's Guide, has confirmed it’s much easier to find information in these online operator’s guides, which can still be printed as a complete document if operators want to carry a paper copy in their trucks.We’ll also be gradually replacing our existing PDF operator’s guides with online guides, starting with the National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice Operator’s Guide. To ensure this meets user requirements and to seek suggestions for improvement, we’ll be holding a webinar on the draft design on Thursday 4 November. There will be two session times: 9.30 – 10.30am and 1.30 –2.30pm.To register your attendance at one of these sessions, please contact Policy Officer Jodie Batten at firstname.lastname@example.orgEnforceable Undertakings – a prosecution alternativeNHVR Director of Prosecutions Belinda Hughes recently shared her thoughts on how enforceable undertakings (EUs) can encourage and monitor safer behaviours in an individual or company and improve safety for all road users.> Read Belinda's article hereMoney put into safety education, not fines for two trucking companiesThe NHVR recently accepted two enforceable undertakings (EU) from J.J. Richards & Sons Pty Ltd (JJR) and Brother Nature Pty Ltd (Brother) valued over $50,000 to correct activities around vehicle mass and loading requirements.NHVR Director of Prosecutions Belinda Hughes said EUs offer an alternative to a court fine.“Instead of proceeding with the court matter which may only result in a fine, we have given the companies an opportunity to spend money on their own safety systems and procedures that will protect them and the broader community in the future.”> Click here to read the full articleCOVID-19 UpdateThe heavy vehicle industry continues to keep Australia connected through the COVID-19 pandemic, with the NHVR, industry and governments working in partnership to ensure the safety of all Australians and plot a path to increased freedoms.The NHVR has a dedicated COVID-19 page on its website which details the latest directives, border and vaccination requirements and other information.Industry is encouraged to regularly check the website – www.nhvr.gov.au/coronovirus – and please continue to stay safe and take care.Have you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? 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