Issue 135 | 17 March 2022It’s deeply saddening to see the impact the recent rain and flash-flooding has had on northern New South Wales and areas closer to Sydney and surrounds. Please continue to check in with loved ones and stay safe.Please also be aware of the safety of your heavy vehicle. Below you'll find some useful tips for assessing the safety of your heavy vehicle after driving through water, mud, debris or along roads being used as a diversion.In a significant win for road safety, the Commonwealth have announced Automated Emergency Braking and Electronic Stability Control will be required for all new heavy vehicles from November 2023. The uptake of this technology has significant safety benefits, such as preventing rear-end crashes and rollovers, and was a key goal outlined in the National Road Safety Action Plan 2018-2020.We will continue to work with the Commonwealth, state and territory transport agencies, and industry to maximise the benefits of the mandated technology to progress a safe, productive, and efficient heavy vehicle industry.Sal, CEOA daily check for post flood vehiclesOperating a heavy vehicle during extreme weather conditions, such as those recently experienced in South Australia, Queensland and NSW, can have mechanical impacts.It’s important to adjust your vehicle’s maintenance system to match. The NHVR has released a list of tips and hints to use when assessing the safety of your heavy vehicle after driving through water, mud, debris or along roads being used as a diversion.The list covers checking for leaks, brakes, the rapid component cooling and electrical systems. Click here for the full list.These tips are general, and the NHVR also recommends you contact the vehicle or component manufacturer or your regular maintenance provider after using roads impacted by flooding.And remember, if it’s flooded, forget it.Faulty truck fatality: Charges laid against SA cement company and executiveCharges have been laid against a cement company and its executives following an eight-month investigation led by South Australia Police, where a heavy vehicle driver was killed in Piccadilly on 12 October 2020.It is alleged that the South Australian company, its owner/Managing Director, and another manager knew the heavy vehicle was defective but allowed it to be used on the road. They have been charged with Category 1, 2 and 3 offences under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).“Companies and executives must ensure the safety of their transport activities. If they ignore their responsibilities under the HVNL, they will be held to account,” NHVR Director of Prosecutions Belinda Hughes said.> Click here to read about the chargeCharges against company and directorThe NHVR has filed charges against a transport company and its Director/Administration Manager.South Australia Police commenced an investigation following a fatal crash involving a car and a road train, killing a woman, on the Augusta Highway near Red Hill on 27 December 2020.Based on the investigation by the South Australia Police Heavy Vehicle Enforcement Unit, category 2 charges have been laid under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.NHVR Director of Prosecutions Belinda Hughes said, “Companies and their executives must comply with their obligations to ensure the safety of their drivers, vehicles and transport activities.”The matter is listed for a first mention in the Adelaide Magistrates’ Court on 22 April 2022.Do I need a permit? guidesWe have released two new pages on the NHVR website that address the commonly asked question: “Do I need a permit?”General Access Vehicle (GAV), andDo I need a permitThe new General Access Vehicle page provides improved guidance on the types of eligible vehicles and combinations that qualify as GAVs. A GAV doesn’t require a permit or notice to operate on the road network.After confirming their vehicle is a Restricted Access Vehicle (RAV) – rather than General Access – RAV operators are stepped through:how to find out whether there’s an applicable access notice that covers their routeroute planning, to check which road networks have approved routes and which require a permit, andif there isn’t a notice, the type of permit applicable to their vehicle class.Join us in celebrating Harmony DayThe NHVR is proud to support the upcoming Harmony Day event on Sunday 20 March from 11am-4pm at the Liverpool Catholic Club (Green Oval) in Prestons.The inaugural event, hosted by truck drivers Amar Singh and Mike Williams, will promote multiculturalism, with information stalls, food and entertainment. This year’s theme Everyone Belongs recognises the need to embrace harmony among the trucking industry, and wider community.The NHVR and Transport for New South Wales will be available to have a chat and answer any heavy vehicle safety and compliance questions.For more information, contact Amar on email@example.com and Mike on firstname.lastname@example.orgSend us your #truckshotDo you have photos of your truck you want to share with the industry? To be featured, send us a message on our Facebook page. Make sure you’re following the page to see other #truckshot photos shared too.Photo supplied by Nathan B. 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.
Issue 136 | 29 March 2022The Easter school holiday period is fast approaching, and it’s an important time to think about road safety for everyone travelling on our roads.I urge everyone to chat to their mates about how they can make our roads safer for heavy vehicle drivers.If you have a mate who is taking their caravan on the road this Easter, remind them and encourage them to talk to their other mates about the importance of leaving space at rest stops for heavy vehicle drivers who rely on these spots to manage their fatigue.Or if you have a mate who’s an L or P plater, or a light vehicle driver – point them to our Don’t #uck With A Truck or We Need Space campaigns. Explain to them the importance of leaving space for heavy vehicles to turn or brake, and why patience is critical when overtaking.The more your mates understand about heavy vehicle safety, the safer our roads will be this Easter.Keep an eye on our social media channels for more videos and information over the Easter break.Have a safe and happy Easter, wherever you’re travelling.Sal, CEOBustle EWD seventh to get NHVR green lightThe National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has approved a seventh Electronic Work Diary (EWD) option, with Bustle Technology’s EWD now available.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said operators are starting to reap the benefits of EWDs – and not just through better fatigue management and driver safety, but also though productivity gains.“For example, Bustle’s EWD complements its existing end-to-end Transport Management System solution, which includes compliance, workshop, operations and finance modules,” Sal said.“By wrapping as many solutions as possible into their software and aligning it with the Industry Master Code of Practice, Bustle is enabling transport operators to run compliant operations with fewer systems.> Click here to read the full Bustle EWD articleRegulatory Advice addresses the risks of alcohol and drug impairmentThe NHVR has released new regulatory advice on managing the risks associated with alcohol and other drug use in the workplace.This latest regulatory advice is aimed at both heavy vehicle operators and other parties in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) and their executives.An employee’s fitness for duty is fundamental to safety and is a critical factor in a heavy vehicle business’s duty to ensure the safety of its transport activities.In addition to the obvious safety hazards to drivers, workers, other road users and the general public, workers impaired by alcohol or drugs (including prescribed prescription medications) can also impact a business’s ability to meet its lawful HVNL and workplace health and safety obligations.This new guidance from the NHVR explains who has a lawful duty to manage these risks and offers proactive suggestions for heavy vehicle businesses wanting to get ahead of the issue and develop an alcohol and drug impairment risk management plan.Read the new regulatory advice here.More regulatory advice will be released in the coming weeks and industry is encouraged to provide feedback via the NHVR website.South-West Victoria Livestock Exchange effluent disposal pit underwayThe Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) is partnering with Warrnambool City Council to establish a livestock effluent disposal pit at Warrnambool’s South-West Victoria Livestock Exchange (SWVLX).ALRTA President Scott McDonald said managing effluent in transit was a significant challenge for ALRTA’s members.“Effluent capture tanks installed on purpose-built livestock trailers do a reasonable job of containment however there is a consequential need for transporters to access suitable facilities for effluent disposal when tanks become full in transit and at ‘end of journey’ facilities,” Scott said.The project is funded by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.> Click here to read more about the siteRegister now for your free Fatigue Choices consultationThe next round of our popular Fatigue Choices program is now open to operators who wish to learn more about flexible fatigue management options for their business.The program includes free, one-on-one consultations where operators can discuss their fatigue management options with a member of the NHVR’s Fatigue and Human Factors team.NHVR Fatigue Specialist Andreas Blahous said the program would help operators ensure their business was making the most of existing fatigue laws.“With revised Fatigue Management Standards now in place, it’s a perfect opportunity for operators to consider Advanced Fatigue Management to achieve greater flexibility with work and rest hours,” Andreas said.“Applying for AFM doesn’t have to be a difficult process, but it does require a commitment by the business and staff to some additional safety measures.“Our Fatigue Choices sessions are conducted online, take less than an hour, and there’s nothing operators need to do to prepare.”Sessions will be available until the end of April and book out quickly, so please register your interest here.Grape expectations this harvest seasonThe NHVR is reminding operators of heavy vehicles transporting grapes to pay attention to their mass, loading, fatigue and work and rest hour requirements under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.The reminder comes after grape spillage was found at major intersections and heavy vehicles transporting grapes inspected by NHVR’s Safety and Compliance Officers were found to be non-compliant.Find out more about having a safe and fruitful grape seasonAlways load to legalOperators must also remember the nationally agreed mass measurement adjustment process only applies when an authorised officer weighs a heavy vehicle for compliance purposes.Mass measurement adjustment makes it fairer when your vehicle’s being weighed, as different weighing equipment, measuring methods, inspection sites and surrounding conditions may impact slightly on the measurement outcomes.Mass measurement adjustment isn’t a tolerance – and it doesn’t mean you can allow yourself that little bit extra when you’re calculating the mass of your load. If you do, you’ll be over your mass limit, and that’s an offence!For more information, visit the NHVR’s Measurement adjustment webpageIndustry eventsStay up to date with industry events and forums. Visit our Events page for more details on what’s coming up.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.
Issue 134 | 2 March 2022Over the last week we’ve seen intense rainfall and flash-flooding devastate parts of Queensland and northern New South Wales. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who have lost their lives, and anyone whose home or property has been impacted.As a nation we continue to be challenged, and I’m always proud to see the community come together with emergency services to help save lives and livelihoods. As this weather system moves south, I urge everyone to follow the advice and remain safe.I’d like to thank the heavy vehicle industry for continuing to prioritise safety as a large number of roads and bridges remain closed across Queensland and New South Wales. Conditions on the network are continuing to change, so I urge all operators to plan their journey and take steps to ensure safe travel when operating in and around affected areas.In this edition of On the Road, we’ve provided advice about safely accessing flood-affected areas, and we have a dedicated webpage with useful links that will help operators stay up to date with local conditions.As always, if you need network access assistance, you can contact our team on 13 NHVR (13 6487).Stay safe, and please remember – if it’s flooded, forget it!Sal, CEOHeavy vehicle access across flood-affected areasHeavy vehicle operators should take the following steps when accessing flood-affected areas.Check the local road conditions through state road manager websites. A list of websites with the latest information about road conditions can be found here.If travelling in an affected area, check with local emergency services or recovery operations.Ensure your vehicle is able to travel on the existing network. If you’re travelling outside of these networks, you may need to obtain a permit through the NHVR Portal or call 13 NHVR (13 64 87) for assistance. Avoid using back tracks or off-network roads to get around road closures.Helping prevent executive CoR safety failuresThe NHVR has accepted an enforceable undertaking (EU) from two former directors of ex-mining company Goondicum Resources, Mark McCauley and Jonathan Mattiske. It is a reminder to other executives who fail to meet their Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) obligations.The EU stems from an NHVR investigation into the company’s safety policies and procedures, following the death of a haulage contractor on 17 May 2019 at Monto in Queensland.NHVR Director of Prosecutions Belinda Hughes said the directors were charged with failing to exercise due diligence to ensure safe transport activities.“As part of the EU, the directors will pay for the development of a due diligence manual for executives to understand their obligations in the Chain of Responsibility under the HVNL,” Belinda said.> To read more about the EU, click hereNHVR accepts first sole trader enforceable undertaking from Victorian farmerThe NHVR has accepted its first enforceable undertaking (EU) from a Victorian sole trader and farmer after he failed to comply with his vehicle’s mass requirements when transporting potatoes.An investigation by NHVR’s Safety and Compliance Officers found that on 17 July 2020 the steer axle of the heavy vehicle owned by Gavin Bone weighed 8850kg – 147% over the allowed limit of 6000kg.NHVR Director of Prosecutions Belinda Hughes said this EU demonstrates how this alternative avenue to prosecution could be effective for small operators.“An EU is designed so that instead of paying fines it's instead spent on improving safety,” Belinda said.“In this case, we determined that more safety benefits would be achieved from an EU, for both Mr Bone and the wider farming industry.” Under the EU, Mr Bone must complete a personalised mass management course and share his learnings with the farming community in a paid advertisement in Seed Potatoes Victoria annual guide.> Find out more about the sole trader EUNew web content provides helpful legal resourcesNew information and resources are now available on the NHVR website for heavy vehicle operators and others in the Chain of Responsibility on what to expect if they have to attend court.The information provides a step-by-step, common-sense approach for anyone unfamiliar with legal proceedings on topics like how to prepare for court, tips when attending court, how to lodge an appeal and understanding common legal terms.> Explore the new legal proceedings web pages hereDon’t risk a rollover when transporting hay balesThe NHVR is reminding operators of heavy vehicles and heavy vehicle combinations transporting round hay bales to restrain bales safely and in compliance with the loading requirements in the Heavy Vehicle National Law.The reminder comes after an increased number of heavy vehicles inspected by NHVR’s Safety and Compliance Officers found round hay bales were not adequately secured or were not secured using an appropriate restraint method. Poorly loaded or inadequately restrained loads can cause hay bales to dislodge or fall, posing a significant safety risk to workers and other road users. > For more information on how to restrain bales safely, click hereHealthy Heads hits the road with major mental health initiativeHealthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHTS) has today launched the Roadshow; a mental health outreach program to support the health and wellbeing of the heavy vehicle industry and supply chain.Developed by PACCAR Australia, its dealers and the Australian Trucking Association, the Roadshow will provide tailored resources and practical mental health advice to truck drivers, and warehouse and distribution centre staff at 18 industry events across the country in 2022.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said with close to half a million heavy vehicles on our roads, improving the mental health and wellbeing of everyone in the industry was a priority for the NHVR, and pivotal in keeping all road users safe.The Roadshow is funded by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.Cancellation of temporary variation to Queensland Police Service escorting arrangementsWith the reopening of Queensland's borders to interstate and overseas travellers, traffic on the state's roads is returning to pre-COVID-19 levels.To ensure the safety of all road users, the temporary escort variation implemented in Queensland in October 2021 for Class 1 Oversize and Overmass movements not exceeding 5.5m wide and 35m long will end atmidnight on Friday 4 March. Operators must then go back to following the escort conditions in their NHVR-issued permit.Supplementary access noticesThe National Class 3 Supplementary Access (Western Australia Assistance) Exemption Notice 2022 (No.2) is extended until 13 March 2022 to allow increased freight capacity on alternative road networks between South Australia to Western Australia. > Click here for more information on the supplementary access noticesConsider 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.
Issue 133 | 15 February 2022Since our last edition, we have received an update on the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) review. I would like to acknowledge the Infrastructure and Transport Ministers’ decision to request further consultation with industry to ensure we reach the best possible policy position, and genuine reform of the law.It continues to be a challenging time for industry, with changing conditions and requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To provide a single source for the latest, up-to-date COVID-19 information, the NHVR has provided a simple close contact worker requirements table on our COVID-19 page.We are also pleased to announce our sixth electronic work diary (EWD) is now available on Android and iOS devices using the Hubfleet app. The latest EWD is an example of how we’re working with industry to provide safety and compliance solutions that meets your needs.Sal, CEOHelping our Freight and Supply Chains to Keep MovingThe NHVR has updated its website with guidance on close contact worker requirements that covers each state or territory, so drivers understand their obligations if they have been identified as a close contact.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said it is important that drivers and operators have a one-stop shop for information.“Heavy vehicles operate across all Australian borders thousands of times a day and it’s vital that they are able to find clear information to assist in them,” Sal said.“The NHVR will continue to provide updates on changing conditions and requirements across all jurisdictions, such as truck access-friendly COVID-19 testing facilities, roadhouses and service centres.”> To view the close contact worker requirements, click hereDon’t #uck With A Truck arrives at UQ O-WeekThe National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Don’t #uck With A Truck safety initiative will host a pop-up stall at The University of Queensland (UQ) O-Week Market Day this week.Students have a free virtual reality (VR) immersion experience, to see the challenges truck drivers face when cars drive up the inside lane of a turning truck, pull in front of a truck or don’t practice patience when overtaking a truck.Don’t #uck With A Truck branded merchandise including t-shirts, bucket hats, tote bags, L and P plates and stickers will be available to students who complete the VR experience. > Follow the Don’t #uck With A Truck Instagram account for updatesNHVR approves sixth Electronic Work DiaryHeavy vehicle operators now have the choice of six providers for their Electronic Work Diaries (EWDs), with the NHVR approving the Hubfleet app last week. “The more EWD options we approve, the more take-up we’re seeing by operators wanting to better manage their fatigue risk and keep their drivers safe,” NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said.“The Hubfleet app offers a national solution, as it covers Standard, Basic Fatigue Management and custom Advanced Fatigue Management rule sets, as well as Western Australia’s accreditation scheme rules.“It’s available on Android and iOS (Apple), so can be implemented on a BYO device basis, or it can be installed on existing company devices fixed to the truck.”When first starting to use an EWD, drivers must continue to carry their written work diary for a transition period to comply with the requirement to carry 28 days of records.It’s also important that drivers check the NHVR website to ensure they’re using an EWD approved by the NHVR.> For more information on approved EWDs, click hereNew EWD standards reminderA reminder that on 1 February 2022, new EWD standards came into effect. The NHVR now requires an EWD device or application to display the device make, model and operating system so that officers can quickly confirm it’s part of an approved EWD.Please make sure you’ve got the most up-to-date software operating on your EWD.> Click here for more informationTired? Power Nap NowOrange City and Cabonne Shire Council are asking heavy vehicle operators to get behind their new fatigue message: Tired? Power Nap Now.Andrea Hamilton-Vaughan, Orange City and Cabonne Shire Council’s Road Safety Officer said the Tired…? Power Nap Now campaign message will travel across Australia this month.“A power nap is a short sleep intended to quickly revitalise a person, to reduce stress and anxiety and improve concentration and situation awareness,” Andrea said.“We will be encouraging the heavy vehicle industry to support this campaign through Tired? Power Nap Now branded takeaway cups available at roadhouses and vinyl stickers that can be positioned on the back of heavy vehicles by our skilled contractors at no cost, and at a time convenient for operators.”Tired? Power Nap Now is funded by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.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.
Issue 132 | 2 February 2022In Australia, we continue to experience extreme weather events, where road conditions shift rapidly. The severe flooding in Central Australia and the impacted key rail and road route closures between South Australia and the Northern Territory is a live example.In the last week, the NHVR worked closely with government and industry to develop and release a temporary notice allowing travel on alternative road networks, to transport much-needed food and essential goods into the NT. To be able to provide this lifeline and deliver supplies to regions cut off from basic services, highlights the crucial role our industry continues to play in keeping Australia moving.The NHVR also welcomed the recent announcement from National Cabinet regarding the move to heavy vehicle competency-based licensing arrangements. This is a sensible proposal, which when implemented will assist in lifting safety standards as well as address driver shortage issues. I look forward to discussing this further as the interim framework and outlined implementation strategies are released.Finally, thank you to everyone who has shared the word and supported our Don’t #uck With A Truck young driver safety campaign. We’ve had a fantastic response and the message has reached hundreds of thousands of young drivers through social media – the numbers continue to climb! The support from industry helps add to the campaign's size and momentum, and we will keep the pace up over the coming months.Sal, CEONotice provides alternative road access during Central Queensland flooding To enable the supply of food and other essential goods between South Australia and the Northern Territory while key rail and road routes in Central Australia are cut by flooding, the NHVR has issued a notice allowing increased freight capacity on alternative road networks.The National Class 2 Supplementary Access (Northern Territory Assistance) Authorisation Notice 2022 (No.1) provides Class 2 heavy vehicles that are road trains up to 53.5m long with temporary access to a specified route from South Australia to Queensland via New South Wales, to join the Road Train Type 2 Network through Queensland to Darwin.While this notice remains in place, all other vehicles are advised to exercise extra caution while overtaking, as these road trains are longer than the vehicles that normally operate on this route. This notice will expire at midnight on 24 February 2022. > Read more about the notice hereNatRoad helps spread the Don’t #uck With A Truck message with young driver competitionThe National Road Transport Association is partnering with the our “Don’t #uck With A Truck” campaign to drive its message home to young road users.NatRoad members can invite the L or P plate drivers in their lives to share a video or photo on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok or Twitter with the hashtag #dontmuckwithatruck and #natroad to win gift card and merchandise prizes.“We want safer road behaviours from L and P platers and we want their family members to be safe,” said National Road Transport Association CEO Warren Clark.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto added, “We’re pleased that NatRoad, and the wider industry, is helping to spread this important message, and I encourage everyone to share it to help make our roads safer.”$5.6 million in heavy vehicle safety grants close soonApplications for a record $5.6 million in funding for the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) will close 5pm (AEST) Monday 14 February.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said Round 7 HVSI grants are open to any industry group, organisation or council that can deliver tangible improvements to heavy vehicle safety.“There is only two weeks left to apply for HVSI funding – now is the time to submit projects that can make Australia’s roads safer for all road users and ultimately save lives,” Sal said.For more information, including Submission Guidelines and new Application Form, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/hvsiIndustry Investigates Coupling StrengthIn an industry and world first, the ARTSA Institute, Australian Trucking Association, Truck Industry Council and Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) are investigating dynamic loads on the couplings on heavy high productivity freight vehicles and PBS combinations vehicles.The safety of couplings project is funded by the Commonwealth Government through the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative and will fill a gap in knowledge and provide evidence to update relevant Standards and Rules.“Coupling failure on high productivity vehicles has the potential to lead to death and injuries, major traffic disruption and reduced public confidence in heavy vehicle safety,” said HVIA CEO Todd Hacking said. “It is important for regulators and industry to be confident in the relevance and integrity of the Standards that guide the safe selection of components.”> Find out more about the couplings projectSafety Solutions Can Be Achieved in the Trucking IndustryIn a recent column, NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto discussed the importance of safety on the road and in the workplace.Sal emphasised the importance of increasing the percentage of industry that have a basic Safety Management System (SMS) in place beyond half, to improve safety for the whole supply chain.“I’d like to see this number rise significantly, so that everyone in the industry can reap the benefits of safety-first culture,” Sal said.> Read Sal’s article hereRenewed notice continues record-keeping flexibility in New South WalesDrivers of eligible fatigue-regulated heavy vehicles operating under strict conditions in NSW can receive an exemption from recording work and rest hours under the New South Wales Fatigue Record-Keeping Exemption Notice 2022.The recently renewed notice only applies to drivers of heavy vehicles carrying out the following specified classes of work in NSW:Working in an area within a radius of 100km or less from the driver’s base with the primary purpose of:motor dealing, repair, inspection, maintenance or testingmanufacturing heavy vehiclesthe hire and rental of heavy vehicles.Working within a radius of 160km or less from the driver’s base for the purpose of primary production.The notice comes into effect on 10 February 2022, and will replace the New South Wales Fatigue Record-Keeping Exemption Notice 2019 (No.1).Road Train MDL Dimension and Axle Spacing Check SheetA new Road Train Mass, Dimension and Loading (MDL) Dimension and Axle Spacing Check Sheet will help operators check if their axle spacing mass limits complies with the Heavy Vehicle MDL National Regulation.To use the Check Sheet, operators simply enter vehicle and axle group length, height and width to indicate if the vehicle combination receives a “PASS” result.The tool enables operators to work under select notices and permits with certainty, as they can quickly calculate whether their vehicle combination is compliant.> Click here to view the Check Sheet under the Resources tab of the National Class 2 Road Train Authorisation Notice 2020 Operator's GuideConsider 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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Welcome to our first industry newsletter for 2022. Our quarterly newsletter aims to provide you with an informative round up of what’s happened in the last quarter and what’s on the horizon .During the 2021 year, HVS issued 35,500 permits and processed more than 4,500 accreditation audits. We also completed 841 route assessments, 1,995 traffic escort services jobs and our transport inspectors intercepted over 10,000 vehicles. Industry had the opportunity to provide input on proposed changes to operating conditions and to participate in various working groups. We took part in the national roadworthy survey and reinvigorated the HVS Industry workshop and information sessions. We also continued our ‘Bigger Than You’ community awareness campaigns, began a review on our communication channels and took on the training and certification of WA Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Certified Auditors.It is going to be another challenging and busy year for us all, but the Transport Industry has shown repeatedly throughout 2021 that they can respond to and meet the challenges at hand and ahead.We look forward to what we’re sure will be another productive year which will see some significant changes to the way that we deliver our services including:enhancements to MOVEStransitioning a number of simple period permits to ordersimprovements to the WA Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Module Standardsonline traffic escort services booking system.n this edition, you will find information on the:Customer Personas + Communication Channel ReviewUpdated OSOM Convoy ConditionsNHVR roadworthiness survey results2022 HVS Industry Workshop and Information SessionsHVS Updates issued between October and December.Customer Personas and HVS Communication Channels Review The Customer Personas Review continued over the past quarter to better understand the needs of the different customer segments or types that Main Roads and HVS communicates with.As part of this process, those who attended our Metro October 2021 Industry workshop were given an opportunity to provide feedback about how they engage with us now and what changes they would like to see in the future. We also asked for feedback on HVS Communication Channels within the ‘Interacting with Main Roads Survey’. This gave respondents the chance to let Main Roads know the best ways to communicate with them. Thank you to those who provided feedback and or volunteered to be part of the small group or one-on-one interviews. Your input is greatly appreciated, is invaluable and will help us deliver services, initiatives and communications that meet your needs now, and into the future. 2022 HVS Industry Workshop and Information Sessions We would like to thank all of those who attended our Industry Workshop and Information Sessions in 2021. The 2022 HVS Industry Workshops and Information series will kick off in the Great Southern Region on February 9 in Albany. You can view and register for any of the 2022 Industry Workshop and Information Sessions, including the Albany session on 9 February here. Outcomes from the 2021 HVS Industry Workshops and Information SessionsOver 200 people attended the last round of Industry workshops held between September 2020 to October 2021 across the state. The sessions received a lot of positive feedback which resulted in HVS implementing a number of changes. These included:The deployment of the over size over mass #biggerthanyou education and safety campaignClarifying pilot roles and responsibilitiesChanges to operating conditionsRewording conditions to remove ambiguityAmending Traffic Guidance SchemesImproving webpage layoutsIntroducing QR codes on material for ease of access to website informationIncreasing dimension limits under certain productsReviewing access restrictions. HVS received a number of suggested workshop / information improvements which we are looking to adopt in the 2022 sessions which included:maintaining a similar formata brief presentation and information by Main Roads on local projects at the startdeveloping and distributing practical, printed materials which can be taken away and usedcommunicating all action items stemming from the sessionsdeveloping a broader communications and engagement plan and strategyutilising existing channels to send info out to industry.WAHVA Auditor Training and Certification process The WA Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Auditor Training and Certification process formally transitioned to Main Roads in September 2021. A reminder to all auditors who wish to continue providing audit services in the WAHVA Scheme, to WAHVA enrolled operators, they are required to have completed their Main Roads WAHVA training and certification by 31 March 2022. As part of the transition process, in January 2022 Main Roads hosted three online information sessions for WAHVA Auditors that took them through changes to WAHVA documentation and processes. Later in 2022, Main Roads will also commence hosting online information sessions for Accredited Operators to provide an understanding of their role and responsibilities as accredited operators in WA. A HVS update will be released that will detail the proposed dates and how to register for these sessions. Heavy Vehicle Licenced Pilot Scheme Review - Reference Group In early 2022 a review of the Heavy Vehicle Pilot Licence (HVPL) scheme will commence, the first since the schemes implementation in 2016/17 and its associated audit regime implementation in 2020. To do this, HVS is establishing a Pilot Licence Reference Group to involve a wide range of stakeholders and a diverse group of participants. The review will consider key areas including Training and Competency Assessment, the Pilot Code of Conduct, the Introduction of Standards for Audits, and Licensing, and will seek to identify potential improvements to reflect the needs of the current WA environment. An expression of interest (EOI) process was held in December to canvass those interested in being a part of the reference group. We will contact the successful participants in the coming weeks. This will ensure a cross section of the Transport Industry and other relevant stakeholders are represented. OSOM Convoy Conditions UpdatedDuring the 2021 HVS Industry Workshop and Information Sessions, industry requested Main Roads to consider applications on a case-by-case basis to expand the permitted routes for larger OSOM convoys, where the proposed route adjoins the approved section of Great Northern Highway. In response to receiving a request for Munjina - Roy Hill Road and Marble Bar Road, Main Roads undertook risk assessments during a trial move under the direction of a Main Roads Traffic Escort Warden. As a result, on 7 December 2021, the convoy provisions in the following operating conditions were updated:Class 1 RAV Oversize Period Permit Operating ConditionsSingle Trip OSOM Vehicle Standard Operating Conditions This now means, up to four (4) OSOM vehicles may travel in convoy on the following additional roads:Munjina - Roy Hill Road, NewmanMarble Bar Road, between Munjina - Roy Hill Road and the turnoff for Roy Hill, Christmas Creek and Cloudbreak mine sites.National Roadworthiness Survey Results Last year we participated in the National Roadworthiness Survey (NRS), alongside other transport compliance agencies across Australia. The Survey showed a significant improvement in the roadworthiness of the Australian heavy vehicle fleet. A NRS 2021 Snapshot Fact Sheet can be found here and the final report can be found on the NHVR website. Conducted over 12 weeks, the NRS involved the inspection of various combinations of heavy vehicle, including rigid trucks, buses and special purpose vehicles. The outcomes of the survey allow transport regulators to target safety programs in key areas. Main Roads Website Changes The Main Roads website has undergone a few changes to its design, look and feel including:New HVS ‘News & Information’ section which will house information relating to the Remote Area’s Consultative Group, upcoming HVS Workshop and Information Sessions and newslettersRestyled homepage with new look and feel for the banner imageProjects and Initiatives together in a single landing page with grouped projects and newsA new ‘search all projects’ page which will be filterable and have a search bar for a refined search of this content.HVS Updates Released HVS Update 27-2021Transport, Freight and Logistics Drivers Entering WA will need Proof of Full Vaccination from 12:01am Friday 24 December 2021 HVS Update 26-2021Update to Convoy Provisions within the Oversize Operating Conditions HVS Update 25-2021Changes to platform trailer relocation period permit operating conditions HVS Update 24-2021South West Region - Shire of Harvey. 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Issue 131 | 18 January 2022As we settle into 2022, I would like to acknowledge that it hasn’t been the start to the year that we all might have hoped for. Our industry has already had to face a number of challenges including around the supply of AdBlue, COVID-19 testing and isolation requirements and the ongoing strain on our supply chain.The pandemic continues to impact us all and it’s important we do our part in staying safe at work and in our homes. I am again extremely proud of the way our industry has adapted to the changing circumstances and worked together to find innovative solutions wherever possible.With border restrictions easing, we continue to see the volume of vehicles on our roads return. A lot of people will be eager to visit loved ones and travel to new destinations, where many of the roads and its conditions will be foreign to them.That’s why I’m very proud to share the NHVR’s latest major safety campaign titled Don’t #uck With A Truck that targets our younger drivers on the road and provides engaging and memorable messages about how to drive safely around trucks.The campaign is intentionally designed to grab the attention of particularly Learner and Provisional licence holders and help start important conversations with peers. The campaign kicked off yesterday and will run for a number of months.The Don’t #uck With A Truck slogan will appear across billboards and university events as well as online on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube.Our goal is to ensure we prevent situations where younger drivers find themselves in difficult situations (such as pulling in front of a truck too soon) that could potentially cause crashes.Sal, CEO“Don’t #uck With A Truck” - New safety campaign to educate young driversThe NHVR has launched a new major road safety awareness campaign titled Don’t #uck With A Truck targeting Learner (L) and Provisional (P) licence holders.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the campaign demonstrates how L and P licence holders can drive safely around trucks, including rules to follow when trucks are turning, stopping and how to overtake a truck.“The campaign is intentionally provocative and is designed to grab the target audience’s attention and start important conversations around road safety,” Sal said> To read more about the campaign, click here9 Step SMS Roadmap Videos The NHVR has released four videos to complement the 9 Step SMS Roadmap and support industry to adopt, develop and implement a Safety Management System (SMS) in their business.The 9 Step SMS Roadmap provides industry with practical, useful and easy-to-implement safety business practices and resources that can be tailored to suit business needs, regardless of the size of the business and operations.There’s a video for each SMS journey – Starting Out, Improving On and Continuous Improvement – each touching on important aspects of an SMS and key resources. There is also an introductory video providing an overview of the three 9 Step SMS Roadmap journeys.Having an SMS can be one of the most effective ways to meet your safety obligations under the Chain of Responsibility and the Heavy Vehicle National Law.To learn more about the 9 Step SMS Roadmap and to watch the videos, please visit nhvr.gov.au/sms-9-stepNew look for National Agricultural Notice Operator’s GuideThe National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice Operator's Guide is the latest in the NHVR’s suite of more intuitive, user-friendly online operator’s guides for national road access notices.Incorporating feedback from key industry stakeholders, this mobile-responsive, electronic version has replaced the previous PDF version – but it can still be printed if operators want to carry a paper copy in their trucks.A key difference from the previous PDF version is that the Operator’s Guide now includes the South Australian night travel conditions that were previously outlined separately in the Department of Infrastructure and Transport’s Night Travel for Agricultural Machinery and Night Travel for Rubber Tracked Tractors information bulletins, as well as the network conditions included in the Limited Access Locations in SA information bulletin. This eliminates the need for operators to cross-reference two websites.Also, a further benefit of this consolidation has been that the NHVR has worked with South Australian road managers who hadn’t consented to night travel by every eligible vehicle and combination type under the Notice to extend their consent to incorporate all of these.The NHVR has also produced an Agricultural Heavy Vehicle Zone Map training video for operators to use in conjunction with the Operator’s Guide to help them quickly find approved access zones, conditions of access, and prohibited roads and structures.New Regulatory Advice on light to medium heavy vehicles releasedThe NHVR has released new regulatory advice about identifying and managing the safety risks of light to medium heavy vehicles.This is the second in a series of regulatory advice pieces to help industry and the supply chain better understand Chain of Responsibility laws.Operators or owners of light to medium heavy vehicles – that’s a vehicle with a GVM or ATM of more than 4.5t and less than 12t – may not be aware of their legal obligations under the HVNL.This new guidance provides an easy-to-read snapshot of what risks are involved, who has a responsibility to manage those risks, and some useful advice and resources.More regulatory advice will be released in the coming weeks and industry is encouraged to provide feedback via the NHVR website.> Read the new regulatory advice hereCurfew lifted for essential goods in VictoriaHeavy vehicle drivers in Victoria delivering food items or personal hygiene products to premises selling these items to the public can now pass a ‘no trucks’ sign to make the delivery at any time of the day.They can also stay in a loading zone for the time required to pick up or drop off these items. This is a temporary arrangement due to the impact of COVID-19 and will finish at midnight on 7 April 2022.> Read more about the Victoria Government Gazette here Consider a career with the NHVRWe value staff with a genuine belief in the work they do and the benefit it will bring.www.nhvr.gov.au/careersConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.Get in touch13 NHVR (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 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.firstname.lastname@example.orgRenewed 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 email@example.comEnforceable 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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Welcome! We hope the latest edition of our industry newsletter finds you healthy and safe. Although Spring is in the air, theres still been alot of rain and some cold weather, but we're looking forward to the warmer days ahead. In this edition, you will find information about:Changes to the WAHVA certification processOur #BiggerThanYou Safety Campaign 2.0The Customer Personas review we're doingOur participation in regional eventsQuarterly statistics from our operationsOur final industry workshop and information session for 2021 will be held this month in the Metropolitan Region. Registrations quickly filled up for this session and we are now looking to develop the 2022 series. If you’re wanting to participate in next year’s round of regional workshops, let us know here. We’d like to thank those of you who provided feedback via My Say Transport on the various consultation pieces over the last couple of months. You have assisted in informing work that ranged from changes to operating conditions, through to planned amendments to WAHVA module standards, audit report and business rules. HVS Statistics On an ad-hoc basis we receive requests to provide statistics relating to our business activities. We’ve put together the table below which provides readers with a comparison to the April - June figures. Review on Customer Personas We’re reviewing our Customer Personas, that were established in 2017, and may need your help in the upcoming months to make sure we're on the right track. The personas represent the different customer segments or types that Main Roads communicates with. Understanding our customer segments has been critical in the delivery of a number of digital experience initiatives over the past four years including the website. As part of this overall process HVS will seek your feedback through various channels including our workshop and information sessions and an online survey. Please have your say if you get the chance. Your feedback will help us deliver services, initiatives and communications that meet your needs now, and into the future.HVS Workshops and Information Sessions Since the last edition, we’ve held HVS Workshops and Information sessions in Port Hedland and Broome and have the last one for the year, in Perth. Thanks again to those of you that have taken the time to come along and participate. As a result of feedback from these workshops, we have implemented a number of improvements, with more to come. These included clarifying pilot roles and responsibilities, rewording conditions to remove ambiguity, amending Traffic Guidance Schemes, improving webpage layouts, increasing dimension limits under certain products, and reviewing access restrictions. We’re also currently assessing an eight-tyre per axle low loader period permit and developing new Orders to replace the basic Period Permits. Independent session facilitator, Joey Armenti, said ‘There has been some really strong participation and really good ideas coming forward and the feedback from people attending has been very positive.’ We are currently looking at developing next year’s series of workshops. You can register your interest for the next series of HVS workshops and information sessions via this form, email or call the Heavy Vehicle Helpdesk on 138 486. Changes to Operating Conditions Driven by feedback received during our Industry Workshop and Information Sessions held across the state, the following operating conditions have been updated:Single Trip OSOM Vehicle Standard Operating Conditions Class 1 RAV Oversize Period Permit Operating Conditions Special Purpose Vehicle Standard Operating ConditionsThank you to those who took the time and opportunity to offer feedback about the proposed changes, via the My Say Transport website. The comments received have been considered and where appropriate, incorporated into these changes.Administration of WAHVA Certification Process We administer the Western Australian Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (WAHVA). To maintain the integrity of the WAHVA scheme, external independent auditors conduct audits on accredited operators systems. These auditors were certified by an external agency, Exemplar Global, for a number of years. In September 2021, Main Roads took on the training and certification of WAHVA Auditors. Those who wish to retain their WAHVA Auditor Certification, will have until 31 March 2022 to transition to the MRWA certification and training. Further information is available on our website. #BiggerThanYou Safety Campaign After the success of our award-winning #BiggerThanYou campaign, we recently hit the market again, this time focussing on what road users should do when approaching large, slow moving agricultural machinery. Feedback from industry and local farmers is, quite simply, that there are too many near misses due to driver inattention, driver frustration or road users not driving to the conditions.With harvest season commencing, and bumper crops due to the record wet winter, the new, agriculturally focussed campaign, provides a timely reminder to slow down, be patient and stay safe. Launched in January 2021, the #BiggerThanYou education campaign has helped increase awareness of Restricted Access Vehicles (RAVs), including Over Size Over Mass (OSOM) loads, travelling on the road network. The first run of the campaign highlighted how to safely interact with RAVs that are much wider, longer and slower than your average vehicle, while also explaining the roles of Traffic Escort Wardens and Heavy Vehicle Pilots. Led by television and radio advertisements which aired on metropolitan, regional and catch-up television, and supported by an extensive social media campaign, #BiggerThanYou was well received by the public, and industry, and was awarded this year's WA Rural Media Award for Best Communications Campaign. Post-campaign research indicated that the campaign conveyed clear, key messages and that the communications were engaging, memorable and well liked. More importantly, more than half the post-campaign survey participants said that they took action - by changing their driver behaviour and speaking to family and friends about how to safely pass a road train or OSOM vehicle - as a result of the campaign. Round two of the campaign is on our television screens and radio stations now, with billboards also in place on some key driving routes out of Perth. To download the campaign materials or find out more, go to our website. HMMS Donations top $248K for charity An initiative we began in 2012, and developed together with CBH Group, the Harvest Mass Management Scheme (HMMS) seeks to reduce the frequency of overloaded grain trucks during harvest. Under the HMMS, growers can forfeit grain from their overloaded trucks which is then sold and the funds provided to Western Australian charities nominated by growers and CBH employees. During the 2020-21 season, $263,230 was raised from the grain sales which has been donated to 17 charities. The scheme provided charities and community organisations with valuable funding, with more than $1.8 million distributed since the scheme started. Show Time in the Regions We attended the Dowerin Field Days alongside some of our Main Roads colleagues and the Department of Transport Marine Safety. The event drew large crowds this year, with the Main Roads stand attracting a record number of visitors. Our Transport Inspectors fielded questions from visiting truck drivers and farmers and assisted them with issues. The main discussion topic was the impact on the road network of the winter rains throughout the regions. The overwhelming sentiment was people would rather have the rain, bumper crops and damage to the road, than no rain and no crops. Our Environment branch took the opportunity to raise awareness of the Wheatbelt Revegetation Bank Program, and promote opportunities for landowners to sell their unused property near the road network for potential inclusion into the Revegetation Bank. There was also interest in future projects in the Wheatbelt, including the Bindoon Bypass and Eastlink. We also had representatives at this year’s Kununurra Agriculture Show, Newdegate Machinery Field Days and the Perth Boat Show as part of the Maritime and Roads Information Hub. HVS Updates Released HVS Update 18-2021 Kimberley Region - Great Northern Highway, Ord River - Notice of Permanent Closure of Parking Bay HVS Update 17A-2021 Registrations Closed – Heavy Vehicle Services Industry Workshop & Information Session - Metropolitan Region HVS Update 16-2021 Notice of Removal from the RAV Networks - Ellen Brook Road within the Shire Of Augusta-Margaret River HVS Update 15-2021 Bridge #1228 Ravenswood Bridge on Pinjarra Road HVS Update 14-2021 Clarification on certain conditions within the Oversize Operating Conditions HVS Update 13-2021 Great Eastern Highway – Ongoing Permit Access for A-Double 36.5 Metre Combinations on Greenmount Hill HVS Update 12-2021 Changes to Operating Conditions
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