Issue 125 | 7 October 2021Australia’s road freight task is growing almost twice as fast as its population, with 40% growth predicted between 2020 and 2030. The NHVR has estimated that to meet this demand, Australia will need an additional 50,000 qualified and experienced drivers - and this doesn’t include those professional drivers that we will see retire during this time.We only have to turn on the TV to understand the dire consequences of truck driver shortages. I’m also hearing plenty of feedback from industry that we have increasing challenges with driver shortages here.The essential nature of our heavy vehicle industry has been clearly highlighted and reinforced in the last 20 months through COVID, as our communities better understand the vital role truck drivers play in keeping townships connected. Both governments and industry need to take these warnings seriously, particularly in a safety sense, and act now to ensure our systems such as licensing, are realistic and providing for the future.Yesterday, I appeared before the Joint Select Committee on Road Safety which is chaired by former Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Darren Chester and includes other key representatives including Senator Tony Sheldon.It was extremely pleasing that the Committee was particularly engaged on the issue of needing to reform our driver licensing system to focus on a competency rather than a time served approach, as well as ensuring the heavy vehicle task and the licensing system provides a clear and professional career path starting from school leaver age.The discussion was in line with the Australian Government’s recent announcement – which the NHVR welcomes – to invest in the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy, encouraging employers to take on new drivers as an example.With the review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law currently underway, it provides an important opportunity to look at how we lift safety standards and prepare for the future across all critical heavy vehicle systems and processes.The NHVR will continue to work with industry and policy makers to ensure we provide the right tools and support to the heavy vehicle industry to set them up to succeed.Sal, CEOPrimary Producer concessions information added to Rego Checker AppUsers of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Registration Checker app can now check for primary producer concessions across all eastern states and South Australia.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the free service would allow loaders, packers, and other supply chain parties to ensure vehicles were operating under the correct registration.“We’ve responded to feedback from industry groups and businesses that regularly raise concerns about some operators using primary producer discounts to operate on a commercial basis,” Mr Petroccitto said.“Including concession information will help industry and governments address and hopefully begin to reduce concession misuse across the industry in a more collective way.”> For more details, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/registrationNational Primary Production Work Diary Exemption NoticeThe NHVR has updated the National Primary Production Work Diary Exemption Notice to support the productivity of primary producers during the busy harvest season.Drivers of fatigue-regulated heavy vehicles that carry primary produce between a production facility and a point of sale can now drive 160km (rather than 100km) from their base before they are required to use the National Driver Work Diary.The updated notice is now in effect and ensures the continuation of increased productivity and efficiency for primary producer operators, without compromising safety.> To view the fact sheet and notice, click hereNHVR supports mechanical inspections ahead of grain harvestSouth Australian NHVR Safety and Compliance Officers (SCOs) recently partnered with the South Australian Agricultural Bureau to offer free, pre-harvest inspections of farm load carrying vehicles.Over three days, more than 120 heavy vehicles were inspected by the teams at Gladstone, Nurom and Redhill.NHVR SCOs provided advice, answered questions from drivers and operators, and delivered presentations on the use of Vehicle Inspection Trailers, which were used as part of the inspections.“This was an invaluable engagement opportunity with drivers and operators ahead a busy farm harvest season,” NHVR Director of Southern Region Operations Division, Paul Simionato said.“The safety of drivers and vehicles ensures a productive and efficient industry and I thank everyone involved for supporting this important exercise.”Harvest contractors focus of heavy vehicle safetyThe NHVR Stakeholder Engagement team recently worked with a harvesting contactor from Echuca in Victoria who had migrated north for the NSW grain harvest season.Like many contracts, he will be working his way home as the harvest season progresses moves south.“We assisted the contractor to identify what routes were covered by notices and how to apply for the permits he needed to access additional routes and new customers’ farms,” said Stakeholder Engagement Specialist Tim Hansen.> Click here for more information on heavy vehicle safety and access this grain harvest seasonNational Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual version 3.0 releasedThe NHVR has released an updated version of the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (NHVIM) following a five-yearly review and extensive industry consultation.The NHVIM version 3.0 includes some new inspection criteria for the recently implemented vehicle standards, as well as some minor amendments to existing criteria to ensure it remains relevant to both new and existing heavy vehicles.The manual provides authorised officers, vehicle examiners and operators a consistent set of criteria when conducting heavy vehicle inspections, ensuring a national approach to the management of vehicle safety.The NHVIM v3.0 will come into effect on 18 October 2021. Any inspections conducted up until 18 October 2021 should continue to be performed using the NHVIM v2.4.> The NHVIM v3.0, and a summary of the updates, can be found hereDaylight savings – work diariesWith daylight savings now in place across many states and territories, 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 is based in Queensland and drives into New South Wales during daylight savings time, they are required to record their work and rest hours in Queensland time.As work diaries record dates and locations, an Authorised Officer will be able to identify the daylight savings time change.> Click here for more information on counting timeFinding the flexibility to meet fatigue requirementsNHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto recently wrote about the NHVR’s Advanced Fatigue Management scheme and the opportunity for operators to take advantage of systems that provide more flexibility in meeting fatigue requirements and improving safety. > To read the column, click hereNew high productivity routes for VictoriaThe Victorian Government has approved another 700km of high productivity routes, further streamlining the process for a range of Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles in northern and central Victoria.New routes include the Maroondah/Melba Highway, Princes Hwy from Bruthen to the NSW border, and the Ringwood and Yarra Glen Bypasses. These routes are already in use, but until now have been subject to individual route assessments on a permit-by-permit basis. > Click here to read more about the high productivity routesCOVID-19 UpdateThe heavy vehicle industry continues to keep Australia connected though 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/coronavirus - and please continue to stay safe and 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 124 | 22 June 2021Our Prosecutions team, in partnership with Victoria Police, filed charges against an operator, its executive and employees following a tragic incident last year where a heavy vehicle hit and killed four police officers in Victoria.These Chain of Responsibility charges are significant and serve as a reminder of the importance of ensuring safe transport activities, no matter what your role in your organisation.Everyone in the industry has a responsibility to maintain the highest levels of safety on and off the road and the NHVR will continue to ensure that any safety breaches are fully investigated under the Heavy Vehicle Nation Law.Our thoughts remain with the family, friends and colleagues of those officers who lost their lives in this tragedy.Having a Safety Management System (SMS) in place is one way to mitigate the risk of safety and compliance breaches occurring in your organisation. I encourage owners and individuals to take advantage of our 9 Step SMS Roadmap and see how it can provide advantages for you and your safety.Finally, it’s important we all continue to play our part in following the health directives and advice in relation to COVID-19. One piece of critical information relates to vaccines and an increasing request by Chief Health Officers to be vaccinated prior to travelling to other states and territories. I’m fully vaccinated and it’s encouraging to see and hear of so many NHVR staff and people across the industry that are also vaccinated.As always, please remember to keep an eye on the latest COVID-19 information and importantly, updates on vaccine requirements to cross borders at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusSal, CEOTaskforce Paragon: NHVR to prosecute Chain of Responsibility chargesCharges have been filed at Paramatta Local Court following a comprehensive 18-month investigation by Victoria Police detectives.Taskforce Paragon was established to investigate an incident on the Eastern Freeway in Melbourne in which a heavy vehicle hit and killed four Victoria Police officers while they were conducting a roadside intercept on 22 April 2020.NHVR Director of Prosecutions Belinda Hughes said the charges have been laid after multiple and critical breaches of the HVNL were identified.“These charges stem from an extensive interstate investigation by Victoria Police into the actions of the transport operator, its executive and its employees,” Ms Hughes said.“This tragedy is a sobering reminder of the consequences that can occur when there is a failure to ensure safe transport activities.”> For more information on these charges, click hereCompany nominates an enforceable undertaking over driver fineThe NHVR has accepted an enforceable undertaking (EU) made by Eifers Pty Ltd (Eifers) to the value of $44,000 in preference to obtaining a court ordered penalty against one of the company’s drivers. NHVR Director of Prosecutions Belinda Hughes said this EU was an example of an operator taking an active role in setting the standard for the safety and wellbeing of their staff.“Here we see an operator volunteer to improve its safety systems and demonstrate the importance of shared responsibility in ensuring safe operations on and off the road,” she said.“The measures committed by Eifers in this enforceable undertaking include industry-specific training on safety and risk management for all staff, in order to achieve fast and measurable improvements for its business operations.”> Click here to read the full articleFunding boost for heavy vehicle safety projectsThe NHVR has released details of the recipient of almost $5.5 million in 28 road safety projects through the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI).Round 6 of the HVSI includes backing for new education, research, training and technology initiatives that aim to deliver improved safety outcomes for the heavy vehicle industry and wider community.> To read more, including the full list of successful projects, click hereVirtual primary producer safety days for NSW farmersVirtual field days are becoming the new normal for NSW farmers with 75 people attending a series of safety sessions hosted by Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Councils.The Road Ready for Harvest Virtual Field Day was also supported by Transport for NSW, NSW Farmers, the NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW Police and the NHVR to assist farmers to prepare their heavy vehicle safety systems ahead of the 2021 harvest.> Click here for more information on the safety daysVehicle Standards Bulletin 6 ConsultationThe NHVR has recently drafted a new Modification Code for the Vehicle Standards Bulletin (VSB) 6: National Code of Practice for Heavy Vehicle Modifications.All interested operators and supply chain parties are invited to comment on the proposed Modification Code J4 – Tipper Bodies.A public consultation draft of the proposed Code is available for review on the NHVR’s website, with consultation closing on 19 October 2021.> For more information about the VSB6 review, or to provide your feedback, click hereVictoria Class Mobile Crane Mass and Dimension Exemption NoticeThe Victoria Class 1 4-axle & 5-axle All Terrain Mobile Crane Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice has recently been updated to reduce operators’ administrative workload and increase flexibility in choice of approved intelligent transport system. The NHVR has worked with VicRoads to remove the requirement for contacting the Victorian Transport Compliance Unit when crossing rail tracks, and operators can now have either Intelligent Access Program (IAP) or Telematics Monitoring Application (TMA) as their preferred telematics monitoring system. The Notice also removes a redundant vehicle standards exemption and requirement; otherwise, there are no changes to the exemptions, networks or conditions. > Click here to read the Victoria Class 1 4-Axle & 5-Axle All Terrain Mobile Crane Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2021 (No.2)> Click here to view the supporting information sheetTake care during COVID-19As the pandemic continues, the NHVR is reminding industry to keep up-to-date with the latest directives, border and vaccination requirements for freight workers travelling across the country. > For the latest updates, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirus
Issue 123 | 7 September 2021The NHVR has released the latest version of its engine remapping campaign, focussed on the illegal practice of tampering with a heavy vehicle speed limiter to increase the engine above the legal speed limit.We’ve received a lot of feedback and support of this campaign and the important messages behind it, and it’s great to know that together, we are delivering a safe, efficient and productive future. I encourage you to view the campaign at www.nhvr.gov.au/engineremappingIn other industry news, I’m delighted to welcome Michael Deegan as the ATA’s new Chief Executive look forward to working with him and the entire team at the ATA as we work to deliver a future facing Heavy Vehicle National Law.I wish you all a safe week ahead and please remember to regularly check our COVID-19 webpage forthe latest COVID-19 news as it pertains to industry at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusSal, CEONHVR’s Plan for ProductivityThe NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan 2020-25 (HVPP) is an important blueprint for a safe, efficient, and productive heavy vehicle industry. It sets out actions over a five-year period based on priorities requested by industry.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the HVPP outlines how the NHVR will work with industry and government to identify and deliver on non-infrastructure productivity solutions.“Close to one year since releasing the HVPP, the NHVR has completed or significantly progressed 30 of our outlined goals,” Sal said.> Click here to read Sal's recent column on the Plan> Read the key highlights and progress on the Plan hereNHVR promotes speed limiter tampering campaignThe NHVR has released a targeted education campaign focused on the safety risks caused by illegal speed limiter tampering.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the latest campaign aimed to prevent speeding before the foot touched the accelerator pedal.“Tampering with a heavy vehicle’s speed limiter to increase speed capacity not only poses safety risks to the driver and other road users, but it is illegal,” Sal said.> Read the full release and view the campaign hereNHVR welcomes new ATA chief executiveNHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto has welcomed the appointment of new Australian Trucking Association CEO Michael Deegan.“Michael has decades of experience across infrastructure and transport in Australia and has delivered many positive and practical outcomes for industry," Sal said.“He joins the ATA at a pivotal time, as we work towards delivering a forward-looking heavy vehicle law to support improved safety and enhanced productivity.”> The full statement can be found hereTell a caravaner We Need SpaceThe NHVR met with caravaners travelling in south-west Queensland last week to highlight the keys to operating safely around heavy vehicles on regional roads this Spring.NHVR Stakeholder Engagement officer Dan Casey said most caravaners were keen to understand their role in sharing regional roads safely with heavy vehicles.“Simple things like understanding how long it takes to overtake a heavy vehicle, understanding braking distances and blind spots and the importance of leaving space at shared rest areas,” Dan said.If you know someone who is travelling with a caravan, take the time to ensure they understand We Need Space to Keep You Safe. Click here for more information.The trip to Condamine was one of many engagements activities conducted by the NHVR stakeholder team deliver across the country and online every year to discuss a range of heavy vehicle topics from route planning and access permits to safety systems and Chain of Responsibility requirements.> For more information get in touch via email email@example.com or call 136 487Enforceable undertaking accepted following severe mass limit breachThe NHVR has accepted an enforceable undertaking from Zezt Pty Ltd that will see the company spend $23,430 towards Chain of Responsibility and mass requirements training.An investigation by NHVR’s Safety and Compliance Officers found that on 1 July 2020 Zezt failed to comply with the mass requirements as required by s 96(1)(c) of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.> Read more about the EU hereNHVR promotes Safety Bulletin for articulated cranesThe NHVR's Chief Engineer Les Brusza has developed a Safety Bulletin about the safe operation of articulated cranes, also known as pick and carry cranes.The Safety Bulletin highlights the unique handling and operational characteristics of articulated cranes and provides some additional measures that should be followed when operating these vehicles on the road network.> To view the Safety Bulletin from the NHVR, click here
Issue 122 | 24 August 2021As COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives, I want to thank the heavy vehicle industry for your dedication and commitment in continuing to ensure there is food on the tables of all Australians.Our priority is your health and wellbeing and I encourage operators and drivers to ensure you are looking after yourself as well as your families and colleagues during this challenging time.We will keep listening to industry’s concerns and advocate where we can. Most recently, this included working with the state and territory authorities to influence practical outcomes to enable drivers to access essential facilities.We also recently re-instated temporary changes to the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme’s driver medical and audit requirements to support operators. The practical changes that meet COVID-19 restrictions will be in place until the end of January 2022 and full details are listed in this edition of On The Road.It's also important to listen to the latest health directives. Vaccinations for freight workers have now been prioritised by various state and territories and if you haven’t already, I encourage you to consider your vaccine options.I can’t stress enough that mental health always needs to be top of mind. Last week, we partnered with the Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds Foundation to launch a new Healthy Heads App that seeks to improve access to health information and tools for those on our freight frontline. Take the time to check out the app, and most importantly, please continue to look out for one another and speak up if you are struggling.Stay safe.Sal, CEOA safer grain harvest with companies using easy nine step planThe NHVR has released a simple 9 Step Safety Management System Roadmap to assist all parties across the heavy vehicle supply chain to support each other to operate safely.The Roadmap can assist businesses to develop and improve their heavy vehicle safety systems.Staff from the NHVR and other agencies will be out talking to grain producers and grain receivers in Queensland and NSW during August and September to discuss heavy vehicle safety during grain harvest season.> To read more about primary producer safety, click hereImprovement Notice issued to a multi-national logistics company following fatigue investigationA multi-national logistics company has been issued with an Improvement Notice by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), after an investigation uncovered evidence of falsified records and insufficient fatigue management, compliance, and auditing practices.NHVR Investigators completed an extensive safety duties investigation after receiving a report through the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Line.> Read more about the Improvement Notice hereHealthy Heads App launched to support industryAustralia’s peak body for mental health and wellbeing in the road transport, warehousing, and logistics sector, has taken a step toward improving access to mental health and physical wellbeing support for workers, with the launch of the Healthy Heads App.In recognising that most freight operators are small businesses, Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHTS), with the support of the NHVR has developed an app that aims to improve ease of access to information, tools, and support when it comes to individual mental health and physical wellbeing.> To learn more about the app, click here Mental health first aid courseTransport industry employees in Brisbane are invited to attend a free mental health first aid course. The course focusses on teaching participants about mental health and how to support people that may be suffering from poor mental health.Courses will run on 8 and 9 September in Murrarie, Brisbane and are being run via Steering Healthy Minds – a collaboration by the Transport Industry Mental Health Initiative. The initiative is one of several programs funded by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Commonwealth Government.> For more information and to register interest to participate in a course, please email firstname.lastname@example.orgNew notice delivers efficiencies for SPV accessOperators of Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs), which include cranes and concrete pumps, will have red tape cut under two new NHVR notices.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the National Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle (up to 40t total mass) Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2021 had been developed after extensive consultation with industry and would provide significant productivity benefits by reducing cross-border differences.“This new notice makes it easier for eligible SPVs to access networks by standardising maximum dimensions across the five participating states and territories,” Sal said.> Read more about the SPV notice hereNHVR supports accredited operators during COVID-19 restrictionsThe NHVR has re-instated temporary changes to the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) driver medical and audit requirements, to support industry during the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.The practical changes would be made to the scheme’s medical and audit requirements to meet the operational and health needs of accredited operators.> To read more on the changes, click here NHVR welcomes new Bus Industry Confederation Executive DirectorThe NHVR has welcomed the appointment of Roz Chivers as Executive Director of the Australian Bus Industry Confederation (BIC).NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said Ms Chivers’ knowledge of national policy and her track record in collaboration between industry and government would be welcomed in the heavy vehicle industry.> For the full statement, click hereSeatbelt and mobile phone detection cameras in QueenslandFixed and portable cameras to detect drivers using mobile phones illegally and failing to wear a seatbelt are now live across Queensland.The Queensland Government and state police are reminding motorists that using mobile phones illegally or failing to wear a seatbelt can contribute significantly to the number of lives lost and serious injuries on Queensland roads each year.> To learn more about the detection cameras, click here
Issue 121 | 10 August 2021Collaboration is a key factor when it comes to driving improvements for the heavy vehicle industry and over the last fortnight, we’ve continued to work closely with government and industry to progress some important safety and productivity outcomes.I’m delighted that our ongoing collaboration has led to an agreement of the NHVR’s proposal for PBS vehicles to use a broader range of tyres. The decision will lead to improved safety and efficiency for the entire industry and I hope it will increase take-up of higher productivity vehicles in the future.Likewise, the work between the NHVR, transport agencies and the industry has led to workable outcomes for operators looking to meet COVID-19 testing, permit and safety requirements. There have been challenges along the way, but I’ve been proud of the willingness of all parties to find solutions and keep vital freight routes operating.As COVID-19 border and testing requirements change, we’ll continue to liaise with governments to provide up-to-date information for industry. For the latest information on testing sites and more, please visit the NHVR’s COVID-19 Support Map, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirus and keep an eye on our social media.Stay safe.Sal, CEOProductivity Plan one year onIt’s a year since the NHVR released the Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan, with 30 projects commenced or completed.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the NHVR worked with customers and stakeholders to develop the strategic document.“The plan focuses on increased road network access by reducing the need for permits, developing streamlined and practical systems, and recognising advancements in technology,” Mr Petroccitto said.> Check out our column in Big Rigs to read moreGood news for PBS vehicle tyresPerformance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles will soon be able to use a broader range of tyres, encouraging the take-up of safer, more-productive vehicles in the Australian heavy vehicle fleet.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the recent Infrastructure Transport Ministers’ Meeting supported the NHVR’s leadership in reforming the PBS scheme to enable a new standardised tyre approach using a set of tyre properties and data for PBS assessments.“This decision will allow us to streamline the current approach, which requires vehicles in the PBS scheme to have their on-road performance assessed using specific tyre types and brands,” Mr Petroccitto said.> Read more about the PBS tyres announcement hereNHVR welcomes appointment of new ALC CEOThe NHVR has welcomed the appointment of Brad Williams as CEO of the Australian Logistics Council (ALC).NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said Mr Williams’ knowledge of transport policy and reform will help forge a safer, more productive industry.“On behalf of the NHVR I congratulate Brad on his appointment,” Mr Petroccitto said.“It’s important that the heavy vehicle industry and supply chain continues to work together to drive improved safety and productivity outcomes and Brad and the ALC will play a crucial task in strengthening and being a strong advocate for the transport and logistics sector.”> To read the full statement, click hereHigher Mass Limits permitted in the ACTEligible heavy vehicles can now operate at Higher Mass Limits (HML) on authorised routes in the ACT.The Australian Capital Territory Higher Mass Limits Declaration 2021, which comes into effect today, is the result of a review of HML access by the NHVR and Traffic Management and Safety, Roads ACT to boost productivity benefits for heavy vehicle operators.The Declaration replaces the Australian Capital Territory Class 3 Mass Management Accreditation Exemption Notice 2019, although vehicles can continue to operate under this until it’s revoked on 7 September 2021.To operate under the new Declaration, eligible vehicles must be fitted with certified road friendly suspension. Eligible vehicles are listed in the Operator’s Guide to the Declaration. Excluded vehicles include rigid combinations, including car carriers, and vehicles equipped with a tri-axle drive group.Authorised routes are shown on a new digital map produced by Traffic Management and Safety, Roads ACT. Heavy vehicle safety a focus for primary producersGrain harvest is just around the corner and the NHVR’s focus will again be on heavy vehicle safety on local freight routes.The NHVR recently met with grain industry groups, Transport for NSW and Transport and Main Roads (Queensland) to discuss heavy vehicle safety for the up-coming harvest. Whether you’re a primary producer that owns or contracts heavy vehicle service or a receiver make heavy vehicle safety a focus ahead of this season.Keep an eye out for more information in the weeks ahead.Free Chain of Responsibility workshops for farmersPeak grains representative body GrainGrowers has partnered with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to host free workshops to help farmers better understand their role under Chain of Responsibility (COR) laws.The COR workshops have been funded by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.“The NHVR’s number one priority is the safety of everyone in the heavy vehicle supply chain,” NHVR Sal Petroccitto said.“Projects like the COR workshops for farmers help improve safety for the entire industry - whether that’s at the farm, in the warehouse or on the road.”> Places are limited and registration is essential. You can secure your spot hereNSW Farm Gate Network now available on interactive mapThe Farm Gate Network is now available as a layer on the NSW Livestock Loading Scheme interactive map.Operators travelling under the Farm Gate Access project can use this map to plan their journeys through the six participating Farm Gate Access councils.Farm Gate Access is a heavy vehicle initiative introduced in several participating councils in NSW. The initiative has been developed jointly by Transport for NSW, local councils and industry and introduces conditional area-wide access for Higher Productivity Vehicles transporting grain and livestock on local roads in participating council areas.> To view the interactive map, click hereNew eLearning module for granting heavy vehicle accessThe NHVR has developed an eLearning module to help road managers and industry understand the process of granting heavy vehicle access under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).The Approved Guidelines for Granting Access module contains high-level guidance on aspects of heavy vehicle access decision making under HVNL. > For more information and to access the eLearning module, click here