Issue 115 | 1 June 2021This week, we’re thinking of everyone in Victoria as they grapple with another COVID-19 lockdown.One thing we’ve learned over the last 12+ months is this pandemic is unpredictable. I want to thank the many drivers, logistics workers and warehouse teams who continue to pivot and ensure supplies move freely throughout the country.As our industry tackles the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, we’ll continue to do everything we can as a regulator to ease pressure on the road networks and improve productivity while ensuring everyone’s safety.Today we announced the commencement of a new national Notice for Road Train Prime Movers, which will open up road access across the country, improve fatigue management for drivers, and increase the efficiency of the heavy vehicle fleet. We encourage you to provide feedback on the new online operator’s guide, designed to make the Notice simple and easy to use.And last week we released a joint report with CILTA and NTARC, which shows the huge safety and productivity outcomes we’re seeing from the 12,000 PBS-approved combinations operating on our roads. You can read more about the report in this edition of On the Road.I’m extremely proud to be part of such a resilient industry that continues to deliver in difficult times. I encourage you to take particular care of your health, safety and wellbeing this week, and check in with your industry colleagues no matter where you’re based.Sal, CEONew Notice delivers smarter and safer road train transportA new Notice for Road Train Prime Movers will ease pressure on the road network, improve fatigue management and increase the efficiency of Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet.The National Road Train Prime Mover Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2021 will come into effect from 1 June 2021 and will apply to all states and territories participating in the Heavy Vehicle National Law, except Tasmania.> For further information and to review the Notice and new online operator’s guide, click hereReport reveals PBS vehicles involved in fewer major crashesA joint report from the NHVR, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia (CILTA) and the National Truck Accident Research Centre (NTARC) has revealed Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles are involved in 60 per cent fewer major crashes than conventional vehicles.This is a significant improvement on the results in a 2018 report which found 46 per cent fewer major crashes compared to the conventional fleet. PBS vehicles are also forecast to save 143 lives over 20 years.> Read more about the PBS report hereInput sought into NHVR codes of practice programThe NHVR has released a discussion paper to seek public feedback on its codes of practice program and suggestions for improvements to its Guidelines for Preparing and Registering Industry Codes of Practice.Registered codes of practice can provide valuable guidance to people in the heavy vehicle industry to help them manage the safety of their transport activities.The consultation period starts today and closes on Friday 2 July 2021.> Click here for more about the codes of practice consultationFree training program for new truck driversA free online training program is now available for new heavy vehicle drivers to help them better understand their obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.Developed by Shift Training, the 4 Points of Contact course will train and assess participants in fatigue management, vehicle inspection, load restraint and chain of responsibility.The course was funded by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), with support from the Federal Government.> Click here to learn more and registerNew online safety hub launchedA new online safety hub has been unveiled by Australia’s leading transport and logistics specialist insurer, NTI, to support the growth and development of the industry.The Better Business Hub helps protect Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet, transport operators and drivers by providing interactive, downloadable, applicable tools and resources to support them in their day-to-day activities.> Read more and download the Better Business Hub resources herePilot and escort driver certification reminderHave you checked if your pilot or escort vehicle driver certification is still valid?Pilots and escort drivers are required to maintain a valid license or certification, specified by your state or territory. If you are a pilot or escort driver working interstate, it’s also important you understand how your license or certification is mutually recognised.While the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) does not regulate pilot and escort certification, the NHVR can issue an infringement notice to the driver of an oversize vehicle for not complying with the conditions of the permit, such as a certified pilot or escort.The NHVR has released an updated information sheet, which gives you an overview of the current pilot and escort requirements for your jurisdiction.> Click here to download the information sheetHave your say in new workplace psychological safety surveyHealthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHST) is asking all organisations in the road transport, warehousing and logistics industries to complete a short online Workplace Psychological Safety Index (WPSI) survey.Your participation in the survey will help inform how HHTS will support the psychological and physical health, wellbeing and safety of everyone in the heavy vehicle industry.> Click here to start the surveyHave 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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Issue 114 | 19 May 2021Thank you to all the drivers, operators and industry stakeholders who dropped by the NHVR stands at the Brisbane Truck Show last week. Forums such as the show always provide a great opportunity to discuss future initiatives and hear your thoughts on how we can continue to work together to drive safety and productivity improvements for our industry.This week, we turn our attention to National Road Safety Week and helping promote an important message about prioritising safety on our roads.The NHVR’s highest priority is ensuring everyone in our industry has a safe working environment, particularly truck drivers who are out on the roads every day. We’re committed to making safety improvements for the industry, as well as educating the general public on sharing the road safely with heavy vehicles through our We Need Space campaign.This National Road Safety Week, I encourage you to take the pledge and reflect on how we can all play a role in making our roads safer for everyone.And keep an eye on our social media platforms for some important safety messages to share with your family and friends.Stay safe.Sal, CEOHeavy Vehicle Fire Safety Program launchedThe ARTSA Institute has launched its Truck Fire Safety Program, which is aimed at reducing the number and frequency of heavy vehicle fires in Australia.The program includes four manuals and six videos to help drivers, maintenance staff, fire investigators and transport managers identify and mitigate fire risks.It was funded by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government and developed with the National Bulk Tanker Association and Truck Industry Council.> Read more hereKynection Electronic Work Diary approved for useThe NHVR has approved Quallogi by Kynection as a fifth Electronic Work Diary (EWD) option for heavy vehicle drivers.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto confirmed the Quallogi EWD would be available for use as an official record from 25 May.> For more details, click hereHealthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds launches national mental health and wellbeing roadmapThe Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHTS) Foundation has launched a free National Mental Health and Wellbeing Roadmap for the road transport, warehousing and logistics industries.The strategy has been created by industry for industry and provides a unified plan for improving mental health and wellbeing across the sector.“The heavy vehicle industry is extremely resilient, but we need to continue to work together across the whole supply chain to ensure our workers feel supported and know they’re being heard when it comes to their mental health and wellbeing,” NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said.> To find out more about the Roadmap, click hereSpecial Purpose Vehicle access in Brisbane tunnels – derestriction updateThe NHVR, Transport and Main Roads, Transurban and Brisbane City Council, in conjunction with the Crane Industry Council of Australia, Concrete Pumping Association of Australia and Australian Drilling Industry Association, have reviewed access restrictions for Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) in South East Queensland.Under the renewed National Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Notice 2021 released on 5 May, SPVs can now access the Clem 7, Airport Link and Legacy Way tunnels as part of the approved network, provided they meet all the requirements of the Notice and specified dimension limits.The Queensland Access Conditions Guide has been updated to include the access conditions contained in the Queensland Schedule of the Notice.> For further information and to review the update, click hereNHVR files charges against Queensland mining companyThe National Heavy Vehicle Industry (NHVR) has filed primary duty charges against the Directors of a Queensland mining company which was operating as a prime contractor of drivers of heavy vehicle combinations.The NHVR initiated an investigation following a fatality that occurred in May 2019 involving a heavy vehicle rolling on an incline.The NHVR will allege that the Directors failed to exercise due diligence to ensure the company fulfilled its duty under section 26C of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), with the matter listed for a first mention in the Biloela Magistrates’ Court on 30 June 2021.NHVR accepts Enforceable UndertakingThe NHVR has accepted an Enforceable Undertaking (on behalf of Transport for New South Wales) from YF Water Services Pty Ltd, in line with section 590A of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL). YF Waste proposed the Enforceable Undertaking following failure to comply with mass weight requirements.The proposal consists of enhanced driver education and training, with an aim of leading to improved compliance in the future. The Enforceable Undertaking has a minimum expenditure of $18,000.Vehicle Standards SPV notice for consultationThe NHVR has opened consultation on the National Heavy Vehicle Standards (Special Purpose Vehicles) Exemption Notice 2021 (No.1).An extensive review of the existing notice has been conducted, with the revised notice introducing more flexible definitions that can be applied to a wider variety of vehicles.Submissions are now open and will close on Tuesday 1 June . 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? Please click here to view online.Get in touch1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487)www.nhvr.gov.au Enjoying On The Road?Forward this email to share with a friend or click here to subscribe another address.
Issue 113 | 5 May 2021The Brisbane Truck Show is just around the corner and I’m looking forward to catching up with our customers throughout the show on 13 – 16 May.It’s always a great opportunity to hear from everyone across the industry and learn about what is working well and what improvements we can make to support a safer and more productive industry.We’ll have representatives from our Access, Performance Based Standards, Fatigue and Accreditation teams at stall 106, so I encourage you to drop by for a chat. You can also visit us at the Civil Construction Field Days event at Hamilton.Across the four days, we’ll be hosting one-on-one Fatigue Choices sessions to help operators understand the flexibility available to help manage fatigue safety risks. If you’d like to take part in a session, you can book in here, or simply visit our stall.Another stall – and trailer – to keep an eye out for involves one of our latest campaigns – We Need Space To Keep You Safe. We’re proud to have Coles and its supply chain partners on board with We Need Space to help spread the campaign’s important safety messages to all road users.It's going to be another great show – see you there!Sal, CEONHVR partners with Coles to deliver We Need Space campaignThe NHVR has partnered with Coles and its supply chain partners Toll and Linfox, to educate road users about sharing the road safely with heavy vehicles.The We Need Space to Keep You Safe campaign, fronted by V8 Supercars Champion Garth Tander and Toll and Linfox drivers, includes a range of educational resources that will roll out through driver education programs across the country.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto welcomed the partnership with Coles and said We Need Space was a great example of the regulator, business and government working together in the interest of road safety.Read the full media release hereTo view the campaign and resources visit www.weneedspace.com.auProject ensures safer loads on regional roadsA new safety campaign has been launched to reduce the number of dangerously loaded trucks operating on regional roads.The Load Restraint Public Education Campaign initiated by Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils includes new ‘how to’ load restraint videos and factsheets, as well as a social media awareness campaign and a series of load restraint information sessions across the Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils.> To read more and access the campaign resources, click here.NHVR files charges against national transport companyThe NHVR has filed charges against a national transport company and its executive, following a nine-month investigation into the company’s business practices.The NHVR initiated the investigation following multiple vehicle collisions and Safe-T-Cam footage that identified breaches relating to the transport company.> Click here for the full storyEducation a focus in NHVR prosecutionThe NHVR has highlighted the importance of ongoing heavy vehicle safety education within the industry following its first successful Supervisory Intervention Order (SIO) in Victoria.The matter related to the intercept of a heavy vehicle in March 2020 where the driver failed to comply with loading and dimension requirements under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.Given the seriousness of the incident, the Magistrate issued a fine and granted an SIO for the driver to complete a load restraint course within 12 months.> Read the full storyForestry Log Haulage Code of Practice consultation openThe NHVR has opened consultation on the Draft Forestry Log Haulage Industry Code of Practice.The draft code identifies the risks associated with loading and transporting logs, and describes equipment, procedures, training, and other methods to eliminate or minimise those risks. It includes recommendations for the minimum restraint requirements for different types of logs in different loading scenarios.Submissions are now open and will close on Friday 28 May 2021. Click here for more information.Safer Freight Vehicles – Discussion paperThe Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications has released the Safer Freight Vehicles discussion paper for feedback.The paper relates to key actions in the NHVR’s Vehicle Safety and Environmental Technology Uptake Plan (Vehicle SETUP) released in 2020. It identifies possible changes to the Australian Design Rules (ADRs) to facilitate an increased take-up of safer, more-efficient heavy freight vehicles in Australia.The Department is inviting public feedback on the proposed changes by 30 June 2021. Click here for more information or to make a submission by 30 June 2021.Class 3 Livestock Vehicle PermitsFarmers are starting to reap the benefits of the removal of the requirement for Class 3 livestock mass exemption permits to include registration numbers, which took effect in December last year.> Click here for the full storyHave 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? Please click here to view online.Get in touch1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487)www.nhvr.gov.au Enjoying On The Road?Forward this email to share with a friend or click here to subscribe another address.
Issue 111 | 21 April 2021As we announced recently, preparations are well underway to conduct a mechanical safety check of Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet.Authorised officers from the NHVR and partner agencies across Australia will conduct a mechanical inspection of 8,000 heavy vehicles including trucks, buses and other special purpose vehicles.Just as it did five years ago, the National Roadworthiness Survey will play a vital role in assessing the fleet’s condition.All operators should ensure their vehicles’ maintenance is up to date and drivers are conducting regular checks before each trip, using the NHVR Daily Safety Checklist.> Click here for more informationSal, CEOAsset assessments reach 200 milestoneThe NHVR’s Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP) will fund more than 200 engineering assessments under Round 1.After a successful pilot where 100 assets were assessed, SLGAAP Round 1 is now underway with appointed engineering firms working closely with local governments in the asset assessment process.> Read the full storyNSW Farm Gate Access ProjectLast week the NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister Paul Toole released the NSW Farm Gate Access Project.> Click for more information from Transport for NSWNHVR welcomes Paul Kahlert as QTA presidentThe NHVR has welcomed the appointment of experienced transport operator and General Manager of All Purpose Transport Paul Kahlert as president of the Queensland Trucking Association.Mr Kahlert replaces outgoing president Julie Russell.> Click to read the full storyUpcoming Truck Driver Info DayCome and chat to the NHVR at our next roadside information day at Ballina, NSW. Whether you have a question about Chain of Responsibility or any other heavy vehicle queries, come and join us at BP Ballina, Pacific Highway from 9am on the 29th April 2021.> Click here to keep up with the latest NHVR eventsSend us your #TruckShotsWant to see your truck featured on the NHVR social pages? Send us a message on Facebook with your best shots!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? Please click here to view online.Get in touch1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487)www.nhvr.gov.au Enjoying On The Road?Forward this email to share with a friend or click here to subscribe another address.
Issue 110 | 7 April 2021While much of the country wound down over Easter, Australia’s heavy vehicle industry was faced with new challenges.Following on from flooding across NSW and Queensland, transport on the east coast was impacted by a COVID-19 outbreak in Greater Brisbane.Other states designated South East Queensland a hotspot and imposed numerous conditions on trucks leaving the region – but freight kept moving thanks to our dedicated drivers and logistics workers.The hotspot declaration showed that the COVID-19 pandemic is still far from over, but also that our industry can quickly adapt to the challenges it poses.I thank everyone in the industry and across all levels of government for their fast work and great patience in dealing with the pandemic.Co-operation has been key to getting through this difficult year and it’s vital for Australia’s economy and communities that we keep working together.Sal, CEOReport proves good maintenance improves road safetyA new report from Australia’s largest trucking insurer NTI and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has confirmed operators who effectively maintain their vehicles are less likely to be involved in an incident.Data from NTI’s NTARC Major Accident Investigation Report and the NHVR’s National Roadworthiness Baseline Survey was examined to create the report, which looks at the relationship between vehicle standards and safety performance.The report found that there was a significant increase in the frequency and cost of insurance claims lodged by companies which operated vehicles with poorly maintained couplings and an above-average number of wheel and tyre defects.> Read the full story hereTransport boss convicted of speed limiter tamperingThe owner of a South Australian transport company has been prosecuted by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) for possessing speed limiter tampering equipment.South Australia Police (SAPOL) Heavy Vehicle Investigation Section conducted an investigation at the company’s Mid-North premises in August 2020 and located a laptop installed with tampering software, as well as connecting plugs.The company owner initially declined to answer questions about the device, but pleaded guilty to possessing a speed limiter tampering device when he appeared at Adelaide Magistrates Court earlier this month.> Read the full storyDeadline for Heavy Vehicle Safety Strategy consultationIndustry stakeholders are being urged to have their say on the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Strategy 2021-2025 by Friday 30 April 2021.The Safety Strategy sets out the NHVR’s strategic ambitions to improve heavy vehicle safety outcomes and contribute to a reduction in the number of crashes, fatalities and serious injuries involving heavy vehicles.To view the strategy and make a submission go to www.nhvr.gov.au/hvssUpcoming Truck Driver Info DaysCome and chat to the NHVR at our next roadside information days.Whether you have a question about access, Chain of Responsibility or any other heavy vehicle queries, come and join us.Upcoming dates:Tue 13 April: Epping Forest, Tasmania, 9am-3pm AEDTWed 14 April: Rocky Cape, Tasmania, 9am-3pmThu 15 April: Lytton, Queensland, 5am - 1pmWed 21 April: Yamba, South Australia, 8am-1pm ACSTWed 21 April: Buronga, New South Wales, 12pm - 6pmThu 29 April: Ballina, New South Wales, 9am - 5pmFor more details, and to keep up with the latest events at NHVR, visit the events page.Send us your #TruckShotsThe photo above was sent to us from Aus Hay in Euston in New South Wales. This road train is hauling Pino Gris grapes ready to be crushed and made into wine. Want to see your truck featured on the NHVR social pages? Send us a message on Facebook with your best shots!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? Please click here to view online.Get in touch1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487)www.nhvr.gov.au Enjoying On The Road?Forward this email to share with a friend or click here to subscribe another address.