Issue 94 | 25 August 2020CEO UpdateThere is a growing level of discussion and research into the mental demands of truck driving, particularly during the current pandemic. Spending a significant amount of time on the road away from friends and family can take an enormous toll.Loneliness is increasingly being recognised as a key public health challenge, contributing to anxiety and depression as well increasing the risk of chronic health issues later in life. The nature of our industry means that truck drivers are particularly vulnerable.The recent launch of Healthy Heads in Truck and Sheds (HHTS) highlights the effort to break down the stigma around mental health – particularly in an industry that supports a high percentage of men, who are less likely to seek help or talk about how they’re feeling.In addition to HHTS, the NHVR is also proud to support funding for the NT Road Transport Association’s Working for a Healthier Tomorrow project, WA’s Injury Matters and their Mental and Physical Safety (MaPS) on Our Roads program, research by ACT-based OZHELP Foundation and expanding the Transport Workers’ Union’s Transport Industry Mental Health Initiative pilot.It’s important to recognise that there is no silver bullet to improving mental health, but by working together across industry and government, we can make our industry safer and healthier.If you or someone you know needs help, you are not alone. To speak to someone 24/7, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14, or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.SalFreight border crossing updatesThe NHVR is continuing to coordinate information from state and federal authorities for essential travellers, including anyone moving freight.Stay up to date with information about the ongoing requirements, particularly changes to COVID-19 testing requirements when crossing state borders.As announced in the national Freight Movement Code for the Domestic Border Controls – Freight Movement Protocol (the Code), and as part of a key strategy to reduce the spread of coronavirus, freight operators are required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and drivers are encouraged to undertake voluntary COVID-19 testing on a rolling seven day basis. Testing is not mandatory in NSW but is recommended.The following NSW pop-up testing locations were opened on Monday 24 August:Narrandera Roadhouse, Newell Highway. Open 9am-4pmTarcutta truck change over yard, Sydney Street, off Hume Highway. Open 9am-4pmFor more details on heavy vehicle-friendly testing sites in Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania click here.Have you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past few months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusIf you have any questions that we haven’t answered on this page, you can contact us by phone on 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487), by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending us a message on Facebook.Project targets early intervention for truckie heart healthThe Queensland Trucking Association will deliver the Driving Heart Health Project to improve the health and wellbeing of Australian truck drivers.The project, funded under the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, aims to increase physical and psycho-social health awareness for heavy vehicle drivers through an early-intervention health screening program.Click here for more informationSupport for livestock code awarenessThe Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) will deliver an education and awareness campaign to promote the adoption of the Registered Industry Code of Practice – Managing effluent in the livestock supply chain to industry stakeholders.The funding for the project was provided under the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative.The code is being developed in consultation with a working group representing a wide range of stakeholders from the livestock supply chain and related interest groups including livestock transporters, primary producers, feedlots, saleyards, agents, processors, animal welfare advocates, biosecurity experts and law enforcement.Click here for more informationQueensland company found guilty of breaching safety dutyA Queensland trucking company has been fined $60,000 after pleading guilty to two charges of breaching their primary duty of ensuring safety under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.The charges stem from a call to the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Line, which resulted in an investigation.Click to read the full article1300 calls to hotline last yearThe National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has reminded drivers that the Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Line (HVCRL) is ready to assist with resolving safety issues across the heavy vehicle Chain of Responsibility.In 2019-20 the HVCRL, received 1,288 calls resulting in 889 reports that were assessed and investigated by the NHVR or police and transport authorities.Information received about fatigue, loading and mechanical safety represent the most common reports.Read the full statement hereSurvey on movement of agricultural vehiclesTransport for NSW (TfNSW) wants to make it easier for farmers to access, understand and meet the legislative requirements of operating agricultural vehicles in NSW.To better understand what farmers need, TfNSW has created a survey, which is open to the public until midnight Thursday 27 August. 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Issue 93 | 11 August 2020As we move through a year that has thrown up some of the biggest challenges many of us have ever faced, the NHVR remains committed to supporting and working with operators on ways to do things differently, innovate and come out of this stronger.For example, nobody considered a few months ago that the inclusion of open service centres and truck-friendly COVID-19 testing centres would be an essential layer on our heavy vehicle route planner. Or that cabin hygiene, border passes and facemask protocols would become an important item for every truckie safety briefing.Now more than ever, the priority of all parties in the heavy vehicle supply chain needs to be on ensuring safety.At the same time the NHVR is working hard to coordinate, collate and provide the most accurate, timely information from state governments and road managers. We will endeavour to keep you informed as things evolve.I’ve had the opportunity to talk to a lot of different people from across all parts of the heavy vehicle industry over the past few weeks.Whether I’m talking to drivers, operators, government or other people in the supply chain something that comes up time and time again is that the success of our industry is grounded in all stakeholders working together to embrace the future, in pursuit of a safer, more productive network for everyone. SalSalFreight border crossing updatesThe NHVR has been advised of a number of ongoing changes for essential travellers, including anyone moving freight, particularly changes to COVID-19 testing requirements when crossing state borders.National Cabinet has agreed to the Freight Movement Code for the Domestic Border Controls – Freight Movement Protocol. These will be implemented over the coming days, on a state by state basis.The National Freight protocol could commence as early as Wednesday, however each individual state has up until Monday 17 August to implement the protocol. The NHVR is encouraging all operators to commence as soon as possible implementing within their business a framework that will cover the “Enforceable Measures” outlined in the protocol.Recent changes include:Queensland government has declared NSW and the ACT as Covid-19 Hotspots. There is also a new dedicated Freight Pass and we encourage all essential freight workers to start applications for the new F code permits as soon as is practical. Apply for the Freight Pass hereIn Victoria, workers in permitted industries must carry a Worker Permit issued and signed by their employer while within the Melbourne area. This includes the freight industry. The form requires details of essential work activity on a rolling seven-day schedule. Click for more information about Victoria Work PermitsHave you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past few months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusIf you have any questions that we haven’t answered on this page you can contact us by phone on 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487), by email at email@example.com or by sending us a message on Facebook.WA company prosecuted for fatigue breachesThe depot manager of a Western Australian transport company was convicted in South Australia under the Heavy Vehicle National Law for critical breaches of fatigue regulations.It follows an investigation after drivers from the company were intercepted by NHVR Safety and Compliance Officers near Ceduna, South Australia.> Read the full story hereDon’t pressure truckies as COVID restriction startsThe NHVR has again reiterated that trucking industry customers must not make demands that would affect safety if there are delays due to COVID restrictions.The NHVR joined the Australian Trucking Association to reinforce that the Heavy Vehicle National Law imposed duties on the trucking industry’s customers as well as trucking businesses.> Read the full statement hereNHVR thanks outgoing ATA CEOThe NHVR has thanked outgoing Australian Trucking Association (ATA) CEO Ben Maguire for his services to the heavy vehicle industry after his recent announcement that he would step down.Mr Maguire had been a strong advocate for heavy vehicle industry safety reform and productivity.> Read the full statement hereFunding boost to drive heavy vehicle safetyTwenty-six projects aimed at saving lives and reducing road trauma will share in $5.9 million under Round 5 of the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative.The list of projects was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack recently. They include projects such as developing or testing innovative new technologies, mental health support for drivers, educational campaigns and much-needed training and development.The Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) program funds initiatives that will deliver safety benefits for the heavy vehicle industry and other road users. It is administered by the NHVR on behalf of the Commonwealth Government and has provided $22.8 million for 89 HVSI grants over the past five years.> Read the full statement here> Click here for more information on the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety InitiativeCode of Practice for Australian wine industryOne of the key projects funded under Round 5 of the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative will be a heavy vehicle Code of Practice, developed for the Australian wine industry.The Code will be an important step to improve road safety and assist the industry in meeting their Chain of Responsibility obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.Under Chain of Responsibility obligations, everyone involved in the wine supply chain shares responsibility for ensuring the safe transportation of goods.Read the full announcement from the South Australian Wine Industry Association here.> Click here for the media releaseJoin Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds launchLog on to join the launch of Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHTS) – a major new industry-driven initiative focused on delivering better mental health outcomes in the road transport and logistics industries.The NHVR has joined with leading transport companies to support HHTS and its goal to deliver a single national mental health plan for the sector.The key pillars of the program are:An increase in the number of people trained in mental health at transport and logistics facilitiesStandardisation of policies and regulation at these facilitiesHelping the individual be healthier from a diet and mental health perspectiveJoin the HHTS official launch on 18 August 2020 via a 30 minute live streamed Q&A-style program where a panel of industry leaders, drivers, government representatives and leaders within the mental health space will all join in a candid conversation around mental health and wellness in the road transport and logistics industries.> Click here to registerView this email onlineHaving troubles viewing this email?Please click here to view online. 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Issue 92 | 28 July 2020The heavy vehicle industry is playing a vital role in both supporting the national economy and in efforts to reduce transmission of coronavirus.While wearing a mask is not compulsory in all cases when crossing state borders, the NHVR and trucking associations have joined together to highlight the benefits of all essential workers, including those involved in the freight task wearing masks.Even where it’s not compulsory, we believe it is an important way to reduce risk and reassure the community that the industry is leading the fight and doing the right thing.It’s vital that our industry continues to take a proactive approach to protecting ourselves and the community to help slow the spread of COVID-19.For up to date information on changes to operating conditions during the pandemic and the latest on border restrictions specific to the transport of freight and logistics, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusSalHunter Region notice to slash permit numbersA new network has been established to support the movement of oversize over mass (OSOM) mining equipment across the Hunter Valley.The New South Wales Class 1 Load Carrying Combination (Hunter Region) Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice would reduce red tape and provide certainty for the local mining and freight industry.The Notice is the largest mass and dimension notice in the country, covering vehicles up to 184.5 tonnes for a combination up to 39.9 metres long, 5.9 metres wide and 5.2 metres high, travelling across the local government areas of Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton, Maitland, Upper Hunter and Warrumbungle.Click here for more informationShare the road tips for travelling caravanersCheck out the latest video tips that every caravan or RV driver should watch before hitting the road this winter and pass them on to your mates.The Whiteline Television videos, fronted by well-known truckie and safety advocate Rod Hannifey and entertainer Amelia Ryan, cover topics such as sharing truck stops and roadhouses or overtaking on a highway.The NHVR is calling on any driver who knows someone with a caravan to ‘Tell a mate’ to watch these videos.They feature some of Australia’s finest outback scenery, but Rod and Amelia’s tips are vitally important whether you are on an open highway, stopping for a break or setting up for the night.See the full announcement here.To view the Share the Road videos visit www.sharetheroad.net.auChanges to South Australian inspectionsSouth Australia’s requirement for Restricted Access Vehicles (RAV) to undergo an annual inspection, or to be in the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) will end on August 1.This aligns South Australia with other Australian jurisdictions and is expected to create efficiencies for RAVs travelling between States and Territories.Operators must continue to ensure their vehicle is roadworthy and there is still the requirement for an inspection at change of vehicle ownership.To continue to improve road safety and heavy vehicle roadworthiness compliance, additional options will be investigated in consultation with the NHVR and the South Australian Police.Additional information relating to heavy vehicles can be found at www.sa.gov.auNHVR partnership delivers livestock effluent disposal pointA new livestock effluent disposal pit at the Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange (HRLE) was opened earlier this month and is now available to all livestock transporters.The project was a joint initiative of the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) and Horsham Rural City Council and funded under the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.The newly installed pit will provide allow transporters to dispose of accumulated livestock effluent either at the end of their journey to the saleyards, or on their way to deliver a consignment further afield.Read the joint announcement hereHow to nominate a local government road asset for assessmentThe NHVR is currently in the process of assessing important infrastructure assets, like bridges and culverts, as part of the Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Program (SLGAAP). A better understanding of these assets on key local government heavy vehicle routes will improve heavy vehicle access and productivity across Australia.The pilot phase of the project, involving 12 councils, is underway and now we are calling on the industry to help us identify assets that would benefit from an assessment in future phases of the project. View the step by step guide to nominating an asset for assessmentRegister for the NHVR SLGAAP Engagement Hub to nominate an assetFreight border crossing updatesThe NHVR has been advised of a number of on-going changes for essential travellers, including anyone moving freight, when crossing state borders.These include:Tasmania. From 31 July 2020, an Essential Traveller who has spent time in a designated NSW hotspot or any part of Victoria in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania will be required to undertake a COVID-19 test on arrival at air and seaports. There will be medical and or nursing staff at the ports to conduct the testing.Western Australia. Anyone who has been in, or transited through Victoria or NSW within the previous 14 days will be required to take a COVID-19 test within 48 hours or arrival.Have you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past few 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 View this email onlineHaving troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.Get in touch1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487)www.nhvr.gov.au Enjoying On The Road?Forward this email to share with a friend or click here to subscribe another address.
Issue 91 | 14 July 2020 Message from the CEOAt the time of writing, the escalating coronavirus situation in Victoria has demonstrated how quickly things can change.With significant quarantine requirements, lockdown rules and border changes now back in place, we are once again grappling with the effects of this pandemic on our country.Major changes for heavy vehicles include the need for operators to gain additional permits for cross-border movements, and for drivers to self-isolate in certain circumstances.We’re working closely with government to provide the most up-to-date information to industry, which you can find on our Coronavirus web page, Facebook and Twitter.As the landscape changes the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone in our industry remains our number one priority.Our Victorian staff are taking additional safety precautions including avoiding hotspot suburbs and utilising masks, gloves and hand sanitiser.Throughout this pandemic the heavy vehicle industry has demonstrated how critical they are to all of our lives, working around the clock to keep supermarket shelves stocked and moving health and hygiene supplies across the country.As the situation evolves, the NHVR is working hard to support a safe and productive industry for everyone, more important now than ever.SalBorder changes and Crossroads Hotel alertOn July 12, the NHVR was advised of a major developing COVID threat for anyone who has visited Casula in New South Wales between the 3rd and 10th July and in particular the Crossroads Hotel.NSW Health is urging anyone who attended the Crossroads Hotel at Casula between Friday 3 July and Friday 10 July to:immediately self-isolate until 14 days after they were last thereattend a clinic for testing even if they have no symptomswatch for symptoms and get retested should any respiratory symptoms occureven if you get a negative test stay in isolation for 14 days.For a comprehensive list of border pass requirements please visit: https://www.nhvr.gov.au/about-us/coronavirus-response.Work diary availability in VictoriaWith the return of Stage 3 restrictions in Melbourne, the NHVR recommends that drivers purchase work diaries in regional Victoria where possible.We have confirmed with VicRoads that regional centres are operating as usual to obtain work diaries. Metropolitan centres are offering counter services but not licensing at this stage.Please be aware that there may be delays in metropolitan centres as there are limitations on the number of people physically allowed in each centre at a time.Victoria is actively discouraging drivers from crossing into metropolitan areas, so customer service centres are likewise discouraging regional travellers from visiting metropolitan centres.Drivers are permitted to use supplementary work diaries for up to seven business days and can report this through the NHVR contact page.Heavy vehicle access in an emergency – new fact sheetThe NHVR has a new fact sheet which outlines heavy vehicle access requirements in an emergency.In an emergency, the NHVR may issue an approval for heavy vehicle road access, as long as the exemption won’t create an unreasonable danger to life or property.An emergency could be something like a natural disaster, flood or fire and heavy vehicle access might be needed to protect life or property or to reconnect critical utilities.In order to obtain the required emergency exemption, please contact the NHVR by calling 1300 696 487.Find the fact sheet hereTwo-up reminderA reminder to all operators that when working under a two-up driving arrangement both drivers must be suitably qualified to perform the driving task being undertaken.This may include areas that are not related to work and rest such as having the correct licence and authorisations to drive the vehicle along its intended route, vehicle configuration, route/driving conditions and load.If you have any questions about two-up driving arrangements call 1300 696 487 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Rear marker plates transition extendedThe NHVR has extended the timeframe for operators to transition to modern rear marker plates.NHVR Acting Director Peter Austin said the NHVR would allow industry to upgrade plates when they are next due for replacement, rather than prior to 31 December 2020.“As the original transitional deadline grows closer, we’re noticing that a large number of vehicles are still fitted with Class 2 plates.“The extension will allow operators more time to replace plates that are currently in good working order.“We appreciate the challenges facing industry at this time and this is another measure we have implemented to assist,” he said.The transition will allow older larger rear marker plates to be replaced with safer plates made from Class 400, Class 1A or UNECE Regulation 70 reflective materials.More information is available in Vehicle Standards Bulletin 12 – Rear Marking Plates and Vehicle Standard Guide 29— Rear Marking Plates and Do Not Overtake Turning Vehicle signs.Supplementary Work Diary Exemption notification to become permanent website featureThe supplementary record notification feature added to the NHVR website as a response to the coronavirus pandemic will be retained as a permanent feature.Principal Safety Assurance Advisor Andreas Blahous said the NHVR initially implemented the work diary supplementary record exemption from April 1 – 30 June.“The exemption allowed drivers 30 days instead of the usual seven to use supplementary records if they were unable to purchase a new work diary due to travel restrictions,” Mr Blahous said.“We saw more than 100 drivers take advantage of the exemption using the website, introducing some flexibility at a very stressful time.“While the maximum allowable time for supplementary records has reverted to seven days, we will be retaining the feature on the website allowing drivers to quickly and easily report that they are using a supplementary work diary.”To report use of a supplementary work diary head to the NHVR contact page and fill in the short form.Coronavirus UpdatesVisit NHVR's dedicated page for the latest updates related to COVID-19. https://www.nhvr.gov.au/about-us/coronavirus-responseConnect with us Connect with us and share your pictures from the road to be featured in our newsletter.Having troubles viewing this email? 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Issue 90 | 9 July 2020COVID-19 special updateThe renewed outbreak of coronavirus in Victoria has prompted significant changes to border requirements across Australia.We are working hard to collate and provide the most accurate, timely information and will endeavour to keep you informed as things evolve.We will be continuing to update our dedicated NHVR coronavirus page and our Facebook or Twitter with any changes.Border conditions as at 9 July 2020:Please note that individual states and territories are responsible for their own border processes and are the best sources of information for changes. Any application to cross a border is completed and submitted through the relevant state or territory and not through the NHVR.Australian Capital TerritoryIs a border pass required? Yes – if entering ACT from VictoriaFreight and logistics operators must apply for an exemption at least 48 hours (wherever possible) before your intended travel date.Transiting through the ACT for the purposes of freight is also an exempted purpose under the ACT Public Health Emergency Direction issued 8 July 2020.More information for the ACTNew South WalesIs a border pass required? Yes – if entering NSW from VictoriaIn most cases, people entering NSW from Victoria are required to have a current NSW border entry permit—this includes freight. Services NSW will receive and assess applications.There will be a new permit introduced this afternoon (9 July 2020) that will rectify the current issues with the NSW entry permit (including requiring a NSW address).In the meantime, Freight and Transport workers will still require the current critical services permit to enter NSW, but will not be held to account for any form of self-isolation - Apply for a COVID-19 NSW border entry permitGoing forward, the freight industry will be excused from requirements to self-isolate, providing your employer has a COVID-Safe plan in place.COVID-Safe plans and guidelines to assist the industry are also available to align with this additional permit – COVID-19 Safety PlanWatch our video on Guide to completing your NSW COVID-19 Safety PlanMore information for New South WalesNorthern TerritoryIs a border pass required? Yes – if entering Northern Territory from any other stateFrom 17 July 2020 if you have been in a coronavirus hotspot, which includes all of Victoria:Any previous exemption is revoked immediatelyYou cannot enter the Northern Territory and there are no exemptions being provided–including for freightAll other people travelling to the Northern Territory must complete the arrival border crossing application.Any person providing services for the transport or freight of goods and related logistics into, within or out of the Territory is an exempt person for the purposes of entering the Northern Territory.These people must submit an application and have a letter signed by the Chief Health Officer (or their delegate) outlining the conditions under which they can enter the NT and work.Truck drivers must practise social distancing measures for 14 days after arriving in the Territory. They may stay in their truck or a hotel if staying overnight.More information for the Northern TerritoryQueenslandIs a border pass required? Yes – if entering Queensland from any other stateFrom noon July 10 2020 visitors from Victoria will no longer be able to gain access or quarantine in Queensland, unless they are in an exempt category.All freight drivers, including those coming from Victoria, will require a border pass that must be renewed every seven days.There are no additional quarantine requirements, though drivers should practice social distancing and good hygiene.Apply for a Queensland Border Declaration Pass.More information for QueenslandSouth AustraliaIs a border pass required? Yes – if entering South Australia from any other stateAs of 9 July 2020 Victorian residents are not permitted to enter South Australia. There are exemptions for essential travellers, which includes freight, and additional conditions around self-quarantine.If you are travelling into South Australia, you need to complete the cross border pre-approval form at least 72 hours prior to your arrival.Commercial transport and freight drivers who usually reside in Victoria are required to wear a face mask when interacting with the public in South Australia and maintain records of close contacts. They must also self-quarantine in South Australia when not undertaking work related duties. They may quarantine in their truck, or other private arrangement provided they are segregated from other people.Other commercial transport and freight drivers who enter South Australia in the conduct of their duties are not required to self-quarantine.More information for South AustraliaTasmaniaIs a border pass required? Yes – if entering Tasmania from any other stateEveryone travelling to Tasmania must complete a form. Any visitors who have spent time in Victoria in the 14 days prior to travel are not permitted to travel to Tasmania.This does not apply to Essential Travellers (Specified Persons) from Victoria, who will still be able to apply to travel to Tasmania for a specified purpose. This category includes freight and logistics.Any person granted Essential Traveller status who has spent time in Victoria in the 14 days prior to travel will be required to wear a face mask and limit their movement when not in the workplace.Application for classification as an essential travellerMore information for TasmaniaVictoriaIs a border pass required? No border pass is requiredThere are currently no restrictions on travel within Victoria for freight.Industry operators are asked to ensure they adhere to the health and safety protocols to protect their workforces and the public.More information for VictoriaWestern AustraliaIs a border pass required? Yes – if entering Western Australia from any other stateAll heavy vehicle drivers must apply for an exemption under the transport, freight and logistics category to enter Western Australia.The quickest and simplest way to apply for an exemption is via the G2G PASS online form.More information for Western AustraliaHave you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past few 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 View this email onlineHaving troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.Get in touch1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487)www.nhvr.gov.au Enjoying On The Road?Forward this email to share with a friend or click here to subscribe another address.
Issue 89 | 30 June 2020 Message from the CEOThe continued emergence of new technology will present major opportunities for the heavy vehicle industry for many years to come.Many of these new safety systems have the potential to assist the driver of a vehicle to operate the vehicle in a safer manner and to reduce the number and severity of road crashes.The NHVR has played a growing role in supporting the use of new technology as we recognise the significant benefit on heavy vehicle safety and productivity. Whether you utilise fatigue detection, lane assist or simply make use of the increasingly detailed data on offer, technology is helping our industry be safer and more productive.Technology is largely driven by industry and manufacturers meeting operator needs. As a regulator we’ll continue to encourage uptake and provide incentives where possible.Take the opportunity to review the NHVR’s Vehicle Safety and Environmental Technology Uptake Plan and contact the NHVR about how we can reduce barriers in ensuring this technology is available to Australia’s heavy vehicle industry.SalNHVR launches heavy vehicle technology blueprintThe NHVR has released a blueprint to support manufacturers and operators to incorporate the latest safety technology into new and existing heavy vehicles.The Vehicle Safety and Environmental Technology Uptake Plan outlined five work packages to give Australia’s heavy vehicle industry certainty when installing new safety technology.The NHVR’s Vehicle SETUP Plan was developed following a survey of manufacturers in 2018, and is designed to meet the targets set out in the Federal Government’s National Road Safety Action Plan 2018-2020.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the plan would be delivered over five work packages, including better harmonisation of Australian vehicle standards, better access to the latest vehicle technologies, ensuring appropriate in-service requirements, and industry education about new and emerging technology.“When we surveyed manufacturers, we saw that there was very little consistency when it comes to installing newer types of safety technology,” Sal said.> Click here to read the full statementRoadside checks to be quicker and easier with the NHVRNational Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) on-road officers in South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT will begin using technology that will reduce paperwork and time spent during roadside intercepts.NHVR Chief Operations Officer Paul Salvati said that the Regulatory Compliance Mobility Solution (RCMS), which has already been implemented successfully in Victoria, would be rolled out in additional states over the coming weeks.“The RCMS replaces the current paper-based system, allowing our officers to make better, more informed decisions in a more efficient way, keeping roads safe for all users,” Paul said.> Click here for full article NHVR encourages heavy vehicle industry to get involvedThe NHVR has welcomed the release of a consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) of the review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said that considerable work has gone into the development of the consultation RIS during an extensive consultation period.“Since its introduction in 2014, the HVNL has raised numerous issues for the industry and the regulator and time is right for a new approach,” Sal said.Consultation on the RIS is open until 25 October 2020.> Read the full article and view updated legislation here Tell us about bridges and culvertsThe Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP) is working with local governments and industry to identify bridges and culverts that need engineering assessments to improve access for OSOM vehicles.The Phase 1 Pilot is well underway with 100 bridges and culverts across 12 councils now being assessed by engineers. Visit the SLGAAP project site to view the full list of councils and the assets involved in the pilot.We are now taking expressions of interest from local governments for the next phase of the project. There is also an interactive mapping tool for industry to tell us about any bridges and culverts on heavy vehicle routes that currently may be restricted for OSOM access.For more information visit https://nhvr.engagementhub.com.au/Or contact the NHVR Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project, contact the project team on email@example.com or call 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487).Accreditation applications transition to NHVR PortalAll NHVAS applications and transactions will be required to be lodged via the NHVR Portal from tomorrow – Wednesday, July 1.> Sign up or login to the NHVR Portal at www.service.nhvr.gov.auApplications and transaction have been available through the Portal since November last year and most of you have made the transition to the digital platform.The benefits of submitting applications through the NHVR Portal include reducing data re-entry and providing greater customer visibility of accreditation modules and case tracking activities. It also provides you with the ability to manage your records, including submitting an application, managing account information, reviewing application status, reviewing driver and vehicle lists and tracking audit associated responsibilities.If you are an existing NHVR Portal user or have an Access, Registration or a Vehicle Standards account, the NHVR Portal administrators on the account won’t change.Any additional Accreditation contacts can be added to the account with ‘User submitter’ permissions.Take time for Portal tipsHave you transferred your business to the NHVR Portal? Need help applying for an accreditation module or assistance with your Portal account?The Portal is now your one-stop-shop for all applications relating to Access, Registration and Vehicle Standards.We’ve developed a range of videos to guide you through each stage of your application, from setting up your account to submitting applications.If you need assistance in getting started, setting up your account or transitioning to the NHVR Portal, please visit the NHVR Portal Help Centre – Getting started using Accreditation or contact our Call Centre on 1300 696 487.Applications can also be sent via post or fax where a digital platform is unavailable.Have you got a question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past few months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusIf you have any questions that we haven’t answered on this page you can contact us by phone on 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487), by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending us a message on Facebook.NHVR Corporate Plan 2020-2023The NHVR has released its Corporate Plan 2020-2023. The Corporate Plan defines the key activities we’ll undertake to ensure we achieve our safety, productivity, sustainability and regulatory capability outcomes. It also provides the performance measures and targets that will hold us to account and make sure we stay on track.> Click here to view the 2020-2023 Corporate PlanConnect with us Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online. Get in touch1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487)www.nhvr.gov.au Enjoying On The Road?Forward this email to share with a friend or click here to subscribe another address.
Issue 88 | 16 June 2020 Message from the CEOManaging the road network is a joint effort between the NHVR, operators and road managers, who work closely together to get the right balance between increased productivity and safe access of infrastructure.The NHVR is not a road owner or road manager, but we help to facilitate a range of access applications from start to finish in a timely way, liaising directly with more than 400 road managers.The NHVR envisions a future state where permits are required by exception, rather than a rule. Over the past five years, we’ve been working to reduce the need for permits—falling from more than 115,000 permits in 2013 to around 80,000 over the past year.This reduction is a good start, but there is a lot more work that needs to be done.Over the past three years we’ve also seen an increase in the number of pre-approved routes, and the expansion of state and national notices (with reduced cross border operating conditions). Often these notices provide targeted or local wins for operators as they are able to focus on improving operations of specific parts of the heavy vehicle industry.For example, recent changes to road train and OSOM networks will lead to a reduction in access permits across NSW, South Australia and Victoria. As always, please make yourself aware of the changes and ensure you have applied, or are carrying, an access notice where required.Other initiatives the NHVR is pursuing to reduce the need for permits; this includes work on the Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project to identify infrastructure capability and build a knowledge base of local assets and ultimately deliver a shared responsibility between industry and road managers in accessing networks.If you’re applying for a new or renewed permit through the NHVR Portal, our case officers are here to help if you need assistance or information, and track your application as it goes through the approval process.SalPBS milestone highlights industry appetite for innovationThe National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) led Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme recently celebrated 10,000 innovative heavy vehicle combinations hitting Australian roads, helping drive clear safety and productivity outcomes.The milestone was a highlight of the third annual joint report released today by the NHVR and Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association Institute (ARTSA -i) on the Australian PBS fleet.> Click to read the full statement$8 million project supporting important freight routesWork is now underway on an $8 million project aimed to make it easier for local councils to support heavy vehicle operators to choose the most productive routes.The Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project would include 12 councils nationwide in its pilot phase to assess local bridges, culverts and other assets.The 12 Local Governments participating in the pilot are:NSW – Bega Valley Shire Council, Cessnock City Council, Muswellbrook Shire CouncilQueensland – Central Highlands Regional Council, Isaac Regional Council, Mackay Regional Council, Toowoomba Regional CouncilSouth Australia – Barossa CouncilVictoria – Glenelg Shire Council, City of Greater Dandenong, Pyrenees Shire CouncilWestern Australia – Town of Port Hedland > Click here for the joint media statementNHVR freezes fee increases to help provide relief to industryThe NHVR will freeze fee increases on all NHVR-provided services until January 2021.NHVR Chair Duncan Gay said helping the industry through this difficult period had been a priority for the regulator, with the fee freeze the latest in a series of initiatives aimed at assisting operators through the pandemic.“We recognise this has been a tough period for many operators and now more than ever we want to encourage heavy vehicle businesses to focus on their safety and that of other road users,” Duncan said.The freeze will apply to all National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) module and nominated vehicle fees.The fee freeze will also apply to permit applications, Victorian escort services and the cost of a new Written Work Diary.> Click here to read the full statementFor the list of NHVR fees visit www.nhvr.gov.au/law-policies/fee-scheduleThe updated schedule of fines and penalties, which will increase by CPI from July 1 2020, is also available at www.nhvr.gov.au/law-policies/penalties-and-infringementsTake time for Portal tipsHave you transferred your business to the NHVR Portal? Need help applying for an accreditation module or assistance with your Portal account?The Portal is now your one-stop-shop for all applications relating to Access, Registration and Vehicle Standards.From 1 July 2020, all NHVAS applications must be processed using the NHVR Portal. We’ve developed a range of videos to guide you through each stage of your application, from setting up your account to submitting applications.Click here to watch Part 1 NHVR Portal Overview, or visit our website for more information.Have you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past few 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 View this email onlineHaving troubles viewing this email? 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Issue 87 | 3 June 2020 Message from the CEOThe transition of NSW Class 1 Oversize and Overmass (OSOM) permit applications to the NHVR Portal marks the 12th and final permit delegation application returning from the state jurisdictions to the NHVR.It means all Restricted Access Vehicles requiring an access permit to travel now have a single point of contact through the NHVR Portal on the entire route, including state, territory and local council roads.The transition, which required cooperation between road managers, state government transport agencies and the NHVR, began with the transition of South Australia Class 3 permits in April 2017.The NHVR Portal now services more than 15,000 access customers and is on target to process almost 80,000 access permits in the current financial year.Overall the number of access permits required has decreased by about 40,000 per year over the past five years, due to the increased coverage of Notices.Before submitting your application, please check you actually require a permit, as you may be able to operate under a notice or approved network.Click here for more information https://bit.ly/3gM1kD5The NHVR Portal can be accessed at service.nhvr.gov.auSalNational Class 2 Road Train noticeA new national notice for road trains—the 2020 National Class 2 Road Train Notice—will commence on Thursday for road train access in NSW, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.NHVR Chief Regulatory Officer Don Hogben said the NHVR had been working closely with state and local government road managers to develop the Notice, which consolidates road train combination requirements, facilitates cross-border access and reduces permit volumes.“For the first time, Victoria is part of the national road train notice, granting access to 36.5m A-doubles on a road network previously only accessible by permit,” Mr Hogben said.“South Australia has enabled access under the Notice to 30m A-doubles, 36.5m B-triples and AB-triples, as well as rigid trucks towing two dog trailers—significantly reducing the number of permits required by operators of these combinations.> Read the full storyRear marker platesThe NHVR has agreed to extend the three-year transitional period for the transition to modern rear marker plates.NHVR Manager Vehicle Safety and Performance Peter Austin said the NHVR would move to a ‘grandfathering approach’ that would allow industry to upgrade plates when they are next due for replacement, rather than a fixed transition date.> Click here for more informationAccreditation applications transition to NHVR PortalAll NHVAS applications and transactions will be required to be lodged via the NHVR Portal from Wednesday, July 1.NHVAS Manager Darrin Rasmussen said NHVAS customers had been utilising the benefits of the NHVR Portal since November last year and most had made the transition to the digital platform.“There are significant benefits to submitting applications through the NHVR Portal, including reducing data re-entry and providing greater customer visibility of accreditation modules and case tracking activities,” Darrin said.> Read the full storyTemporary change to delivery of fatigue management modulesA temporary amendment is in place to allow NHVAS fatigue management training modules by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to be delivered via video conferencing, due to the requirement of social distancing and restriction related to coronavirus.This applies for NHVR registered RTOs that have approval to deliver NHVAS fatigue management modules TLIF0005 and TLIF0006.The RTO list will be regularly updated to include RTOs that have also been endorsed to deliver training by virtual means where required. This temporary change will remain until 30 September 2020 and will be reassessed as the social distancing and isolation restrictions change.> Click here for the list of NHVR registered RTOs on the Regulator’s websiteHave you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past few months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusIf you have any questions that we haven’t answered on this page you can contact us by phone on 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487), by email at email@example.com or by sending us a message on Facebook.Connect with us Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online. Get in touch1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487)www.nhvr.gov.au Enjoying On The Road?Forward this email to share with a friend or click here to subscribe another address.
Issue 86 | 19 May 2020 Message from the CEODo you know a light vehicle driver who’s back on the roads after a few weeks in isolation? Tell a mate - we need space to keep you safe.As several industries re-open or increase capacity over the coming weeks, many light vehicle drivers will return to their normal commuter patterns.With about four-out-of-five crashes involving both heavy and light vehicles caused by the light vehicle driver, now more than ever it’s up to the industry to help influence behaviour.The NHVR’s We Need Space campaign was first launched in 2019 to promote safety information, including videos, posters and fact sheets featuring former Supercar champion Garth Tander and Tasmanian truck driver Kerri Connors.> All the material is available hereThis information will help you send the message that truck drivers need more space to keep everyone safe. Join us to provide this critical safety information to light vehicle drivers.SalSuccess in user pays trial for unloading frameA feasibility report into the trial of innovative infrastructure has demonstrated there is a demand for safer options for loading and unloading livestock.Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said that the trial of a Parallel Access Landing (PAL) frame included a user-pays option for drivers arriving at Kilcoy Global Foods.“Having seen the PAL frame in action, it’s clear that there are big safety benefits for operators as well as for livestock. It provides easy access to the top decks of trailers, keeping drivers safe from falls and separated from livestock at all times,” Mr Buchholz said.> Read the full articleSecond coming for NHVR’s Gap Assessment ToolNHVR’s Gap Assessment Tool had been simplified and upgraded to assist operators to examine their current systems against known risks and recognised best practice.The upgrade follows feedback from heavy vehicle operators who told us they wanted a quick and easy tool to assess their business’s safety compliance with their Chain of Responsibility obligations> Click here for more information or to access the toolA reminder for drivers in Tasmania and VictoriaAll drivers must safely slow down to 40km/h as they pass any stationary or slow moving police, emergency or enforcement vehicle with red, blue or magenta lights flashing.The rule includes NHVR vehicles displaying magenta lights.It applies to traffic travelling in either direction, unless there’s a dividing barrier between the motorist and the emergency vehicle.For more information is available for the following jurisdictions.> Click here for Victoria> Click here for TasmaniaChanges to South Australian entry conditionsThe South Australian Government has issued a new requirement for crossing the border into South Australia.Essential travelers (including heavy vehicle drivers) are required to keep records of close contacts for a 14-day period from the date of arrival in South Australia.For more information visit> FAQs - Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 4) (COVID-19) Direction 2020> Ministerial notice - Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 4) (COVID-19) Direction 2020NHVR website updateThe NHVR website will be unavailable from 10am to noon on Saturday 23 May while we undertake some schedule maintenance.We apologise for any inconvenience. The NHVR Portal will be unaffected and you can still use all its services at www.service.nhvr.gov.auHave you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past few months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusIf you have any questions that we haven’t answered on this page you can contact us by phone on 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487), by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending us a message on Facebook.Connect with us Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.
Issue 85 | 5 May 2020 Message from the CEONational Road Safety Week may have been re-scheduled to November, but heavy vehicle safety is still our top priority.The NHVR is continuing to work with the heavy vehicle supply chain to ensure it is operating at an efficient and safe level despite the changed conditions over the past few months.In particular, I want to avoid the situation where drivers are forced to take unnecessary risks.Now more than ever we are relying on Chain of Responsibility laws to keep drivers safe.If you’re involved in the heavy vehicle supply chain take the time to become familiar with questions such as: What is a transport activity; What are the roles that come under Chain of Responsibility, and What is reasonable practicability.The NHVR has released a series of CoR Quick Briefs. Click here and please spend 15 minutes to find the answer to these questions and more.And check out the tools that are available as part of the NHVR’s Safety Management System or the heavy vehicle industry’s own Master Code of Practice.Heavy vehicle safety is everyone’s responsibility. So please ensure heavy vehicle drivers and members of the heavy vehicle supply chain are working together to make your business a safe business.SalTruckie mental and physical health in Whiteline Television focusTips on what to eat, how to exercise and what signs to recognise for mental health are tackled in a new series of videos for truck drivers.The series was developed by Whiteline Television and provides practical tips from truckies who are often on the road for several days at a time.They were funded from Round 4 of the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Australian Government.> You can see the videos at www.truckingnation.com.au> Read the full announcement hereUpdated notices bring increased benefitsAlmost one-third of New South Wales oversize overmass (OSOM) permits will be removed under updated Class 1 notices.The updated Multi-State Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicles Dimension and Mass Exemption Notices included increases in mass and dimensions in NSW and South Australia.In New South Wales, the mass has been increased up to 115 tonnes and the width has been increased up to 5.0 metres.Some of the key improvements in South Australia include an increase in mass up to 100 tonnes and an increased width of up to 4.6 metres.> See the full announcement hereAre you in the NHVAS maintenance module and looking to re-register a heavy vehicle in Queensland?Transport and Main Roads Queensland has released temporary measures for individuals and businesses that have cancelled their heavy vehicle registration due to financial impacts of COVID-19.> Click here for more detailsThe change will allow operators who have de-registered a Queensland-plated vehicle after 29 January 2020, to re-register the vehicle without a Certificate of Inspection (COI). If you’re operating under NHVAS, check out the latest advice from the NHVR here www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusHave you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past six weeks, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusIf you have any questions that we haven’t answered on this page you can contact us by phone on 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487), by email at email@example.com or by sending us a message on Facebook.
Issue 84 | 21 April 2020 Message from the CEOThere are a growing number of conversations about the physical safety and mental wellbeing of heavy vehicle drivers.The NHVR has recognised the need for ongoing support and information for drivers with funding for two important studies as part of our Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.Even in their early stages the studies by Perth-based Injury Matters and by Canberra-based OzHelp highlight the vast challenges faced by truck drivers even before the changes that have occurred over the last six weeks. I look forward to releasing the results of these studies in the coming weeks and months.It’s been a difficult year with the bushfires and now the pandemic response. Tensions around service centres, truck stops and transfer facilities are likely to be higher than normal.Drivers, members of the supply chain, service centres and authorised officers are all in this together and we need to support and respect each other now more than ever.Sal$249,500 enforceable undertaking for chain of responsibility educationThe NHVR has accepted an enforceable undertaking from Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd that will see $249,500 contributed to chain of responsibility education. The EU stems from an allegation by Roads and Maritime Services that on 16 October 2018 and 24 May 2019 LORAC failed to comply with the mass requirements as required by s 96(1)(c) of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said that the EU was a first for the NHVR and was an appropriate alternative to prosecution in the circumstances. Click here to read the full statementVisual inspections continue as RBT calibration relaxedThe NHVR has granted a temporary relaxation of calibration requirements for roller-brake testing (RBT) equipment.NHVR Vehicle Safety and Performance Manager Peter Austin said the NHVR’s National Roller Brake Test Procedure required that machines used to conduct tests are calibrated in accordance with the manufacturers’ standards every 12 or 24 months.“We have had manufacturers come to us reporting difficulty in achieving some of the calibration requirements because of the current travel restrictions,” Mr Austin said.“We want to support industry and recognise this relaxation will only affect a small number of testing units.”“Not having a machine calibrated can have minor impacts on the machine and accuracy of tests, so we have provided some practice guidance, including using additional visual inspections that can be conducted to validate the test results.”Click here for the full articlePBS third party assessor roles made clearPerformance Based Standards (PBS) certifiers provide an important service and recent restriction of movements may impact their ability to physically inspect a vehicle.The NHVR has provided advice to allow the certification process to continue to ensure that vehicles have been built to the PBS Design Approval.Click here for the updated Information for PBS Assessors and Certifiers fact sheetHave your say on freight productivity and livestock supply chainFeedback on the Livestock Supply Chain Review Issues Paper, Improving awareness and practices in the livestock supply chain, closes on Friday, April 24.For more information or to lodge a submission visit www.nhvr.gov.au/about-us/consultationOpened service centres welcomed by driversThank you to the retailers and heavy vehicle operators that have provided information to update the NHVR Service Centre map.The map was launched earlier this month to show which service centres, truck stops and roadhouses remain open for heavy vehicle drivers.Stakeholder Engagement and Customer Experience Manager John Gilbert thanked service centres for their efforts in remaining open to support drivers.“I know many truck drivers are grateful for somewhere clean to stop, get a feed and a rest,” John said.“We’ve been made aware of a small number of issues in relation to theft and vandalism, which have been passed on to police.“I’d urge all road users to respect the amenities that have remained open for their use.”If you have been out on the roads and seen a business that isn’t listed on the map please get in touch with us via email at firstname.lastname@example.orgMeet the operators on our new ‘On Channel’ seriesFrasers Livestock Transport is now in its 76th year of operation, transporting sheep, cattle and pigs across eastern Australia. With nearly 60 trucks in their fleet, chances are you’ve seen one of the signature green vehicles on the road. We had a chat to Warwick Fraser about how their business uses the different features in the NHVR Portal, and how it's adapted its operations in this unusual period.Watch the video on our Facebook channel
Issue 83 | 9 April 2020 Message from the CEOI’d like to wish everyone across the heavy vehicle industry a safe and happy Easter, and thank them for their efforts and resilience over the past few weeks.As I reflect on the past fortnight it is obvious that some supply chains are stretched with the additional freight requirements, while many others are experiencing a downturn.At the NHVR we are seeing a lot of new customers applying for access permits to operate on different networks, to support the demand. It’s also reflected in the number of questions we’ve received over the phone, on line and through social media.As this transition continues I urge you to continue to engage with the NHVR to ensure you are meeting your legal and safety requirements.A lot may have changed recently, but heavy vehicle safety is still paramount, particularly over the Easter long weekend.SalMap to support drivers to manage fatigueThe NHVR has today launched a new online tool that maps service centres, truck stops and roadhouses that remain open for heavy vehicle drivers.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said that the tool provided information about services and trading hours for service centres right across the country. “Having access to food, showers, toilets and appropriate rest is critical for drivers to properly manage their fatigue,” Mr Petroccitto said. “This new mapping tool will allow drivers to jump online and see quickly which facilities are still operational and providing these important services, allowing them to plan routes and breaks.Read more about the truck stop toolEaster travel changesOver the Easter holiday period, a number of road transport agencies have relaxed Easter travel restrictions for agricultural, Oversize and Over mass, and special purpose heavy vehicles due to COVID-19.However there are slight variations for each state and territory.Click here for the latest information on current Easter travel requirements.Please note, heavy vehicle access arrangements may change at short notice and we strongly recommend operators check this page or with the relevant state and territory road transport authorities prior to travel.Heavy vehicle safety in focusHeavy vehicle operators are being urged to ensure their operations remain safe as unprecedented demand puts pressure on freight supply chains.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto reminded operators of their Chain of Responsibility obligations and to avoid putting drivers under undue pressure.“We’re concerned by reports that drivers are under increased pressure to meet deadlines,” Sal said.Click here for the full statement with NHVR, Transport for NSW and police agenciesHave your say on freight productivity and livestock supply chainSubmissions for two key heavy vehicle industry policy documents closer later this month.Feedback on the Draft Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan 2020–2025, which outlines a national agenda for improving heavy vehicle access and productivity, closes on Friday, April 17.Feedback on the Livestock Supply Chain Review Issues Paper, Improving awareness and practices in the livestock supply chain, closes on Friday, April 24.For more information on both papers or to lodge a submission visit www.nhvr.gov.au/about-us/consultationStay safe this Easter with the Daily ChecklistThe NHVR’s Daily Checklist has been relaunched to assist drivers with their vehicle inspections ahead of the Easter long weekend.The latest version of the Daily Checklist was updated following industry feedback to include checking engine and drivetrain warnings and checking all couplings and connectors are correctly attached.A daily check is a quick visual inspection that can be undertaken on a heavy vehicle prior to leaving the yard, depot or rest area.Click here for the Daily ChecklistAdditional items and areas to check can be obtained from the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual which contains a full list of components and their inspection criteria.
Issue 82 | 01 April 2020 | Coronavirus Special Edition Message from the CEOOur country is experiencing a health crisis unlike anything any of us have ever seen before.As things change rapidly, at home and abroad, the heavy vehicle industry is once again demonstrating how absolutely essential it is to the health and wellbeing of all Australians and our economy.At the NHVR, our priorities haven’t changed. We continue to operate at full service levels to support the industry to be as safe and productive as possible. This is even more important now, than it ever has been before.To that end, we have been working closely with industry and government agencies to streamline processes and deliver greater certainty for operators.All changes can be accessed from the homepage of the NHVR website at www.nhvr.gov.auWe will keep the industry consistently updated, as things change in the coming weeks and months.SalService centres continue supporting truck driversThis week’s announcement by National Cabinet to allow service centres and truck stops to remain open for heavy vehicle drivers has been welcomed by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and industry.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said that a set of standard protocols would support both businesses and drivers to stay safe through this period.“For road freight to move safely, truck driver health and fatigue needs to be managed with regular breaks and facilities for truck drivers to eat, shower, use restrooms, refuel and rest comfortably before resuming their work,” Mr Petroccitto said. “These sensible guidelines will help to keep facilities open by prioritising the health and safety of both staff and drivers as they carry out the incredibly important roles they are playing in the midst of this crisis.> Read the full article about service centresHave you got a question about coronavirus changes?If you have any questions you can contact us by phone on 1300 MYNHVR, by email at email@example.com or by sending us a message on Facebook.Is freight exempt from border closures?Yes, the vast majority of freight is exempt from border closures.However, some states have additional requirements in place. All information can be found at: NHVR Coronavirus responseVisit the website for answers to more frequently asked questions.Should we cease two-up movements given the difficulty in maintaining 1.5 metres of contact between drivers?Will exemptions be introduced for work and rest hours if drivers are unexpectedly delayed at borders?Do drivers have a right to refuse entry into their cab of Authorised Officers given the need for social distancing?> Read the answers to these Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions on our websiteEnhanced route planning feature now availableUsers of the Route Planner in the NHVR Portal can now translate a visual map into a text-based distance and time description of their route to help them plan and cost their trip.The new tool will help operators determine the distance travelled against a single route and can be used to calculate fuel consumption costs. This will give operators a stronger understanding of the true costs associated with a given route.The distance and time information can be found in the new dedicated 'DISTANCE' tab.We're also finalising a 'Turn-by-Turn' feature to be released shortly.Temporary variations for Class 1 OSOM escort requirements in QueenslandTemporary variations to Class 1 Oversize Over Mass (OSOM) escort requirements will commence in Queensland today (1 April 2020) while Queensland Police Service (QPS) resources are redirected to coronavirus activities.Operators of Class 1 OSOM loads that don’t exceed 5.5 metres in width and 35 metres in length may use the following temporary escorting arrangements from 1 April: Existing arrangementsVariation arrangementsNo traffic control requiredOne QPS escort and two level two escortsTwo level two escorts and two level one pilotsSome traffic control requiredOne QPS escort and two level two escortsFour level two escortsLoads exceeding 5.5 metres in width and 35 metres in length will continue to require QPS escorts. Please note that QPS availability to escort these will be limited.> Read the full article about Qld Class 1 OSOM requirements on our websiteAmendments to PBS Frontal Swing RequirementsAmendments to the PBS Frontal Swing standard will begin from today (April 1 2020).NHVR’s Chief Engineer, Les Bruzsa said the increase will allow for greater flexibility for PBS vehicle designs.“The rigid truck and prime mover performance measure of 0.7m has been found to be restrictive for twin-steer and longer wheelbase PBS vehicles, especially when fitted with bull bars,” Les said.“Increasing the performance measures to 0.85m will address industry concerns and will reduce the need for PBS vehicles to obtain frontal swing exemptions, especially A-Double and truck and dog combinations.”> Read more about the amendments to PBS frontal swing requirementsHalf tracked rubber tracked tractors now allowed on roadsFarmers are now able to operate half tracked rubber tracked tractors on public roads without a permit following recent amendments to the National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2019.The NHVR undertook engineering assessments and consultation on the infrastructure impacts of these vehicles, which showed they imposed no greater risk than the vehicles already allowed by the Notice.> Read more about tracked tractor updates
Issue 81 | 27 March 2020 | Coronavirus Special Edition Message from the CEOThe NHVR Portal is continuing to provide a range of services for customers and road managers during these challenging times.The Portal is the place to manage all your business for Accreditation, Vehicle Standards, Registration services and Access Permits. It is also being used by road managers to assess permit applications.During this time, please be patient when using these services as our staff, service providers or road managers may be impacted.You can use the NHVR Portal to prepare, lodge and track your applications or requests, and there is an Information Request feature to ask questions or raise issues with us.Like all businesses, the NHVR has planned for disruptions, but we are committed to providing you with the highest level of service during this difficult period.SalNHVR extends supplementary record use to 30 daysThe NHVR has announced an extension to the time limit drivers may use a supplementary work diary record, as part of its ongoing efforts to assist industry through the coronavirus pandemic.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said that from Wednesday April 1, drivers can use supplementary records for up to 30 driver business days, compared to the current seven day limit.“Drivers who complete, lose or have their diary stolen or destroyed and can’t get an immediate replacement can use the Diary Daily Sheets for up to 30 days,” Sal said.> Read more about the supplementary record changesUpdate on cross-border travelWestern Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland and Tasmania have border restrictions in place. There are currently no restrictions in place for travel between Victoria, NSW and the ACT.Despite these restrictions, all freight movements are continuing. It’s business as usual.However we ask that you keep abreast of information provided by State, Territory and Federal Government agencies.> Read more cross-border travel updates and download formsNHVR reducing burden on industry accreditationThe National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has announced temporary changes to National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) medical requirements and face-to-face audit requirements, in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the regulator has listened to the industry and the common-sense changes would be implemented from Wednesday 25 March.“We are making some practical changes that will help to take pressure off the health system and support operators and drivers in a time of unprecedented demand,” Sal said. > Read more about accreditation updatesSimple steps to avoid coronavirusThe NHVR is urging heavy vehicle drivers and operators to take steps to maintain their health and wellbeing while health authorities continually update advice on the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).The most important thing you can do to protect yourself, your staff and colleagues is to practice good hygiene, including:washing your hands regularly and where available use hand sanitiserkeeping work areas, eating surfaces and benches clean, through increased regular cleaningcovering your mouth while coughing or sneezingavoiding close contact with anyone who has flu-like symptoms.Operators and drivers should also carry additional hand sanitiser where they have access to it.If you become unwell or suspect you may have symptoms of coronavirus, please seek medical assistance regardless of whether you believe you may have come into contact with someone with the illness. If you are unwell, regardless of the cause, please stay home.You can find more information about coronavirus at https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
Issue 80 | 25 March 2020 | Coronavirus Special Edition Message from the CEOAustralia’s heavy vehicle freight and logistics supply chain is again demonstrating the vital role it plays no matter what the circumstance.In the past heavy vehicle drivers and operators have shown enormous resilience through bushfire, flood or cyclone but are now being tested like never before.This week we’ve worked closely with state governments, which are acting on advice from medical experts, to reduce cross-border travel to manage the spread of coronavirus.Governments have also responded quickly to remove curfews in many states to allow the delivery of goods into shopping centres and distribution centres. But more importantly reducing stress on drivers.Even in these early weeks of the coronavirus response, it is obvious that some parts of the heavy vehicle supply chain will be required to operate at capacity, while some sectors will be impacted by a reduction in other parts of the economy.The weeks and months ahead will present many challenges for all sectors and the broader Australian community.I’ve committed to ensuring that NHVR Safety and Compliance Officers and staff will endeavour to assist wherever possible to ensure the task is undertaken safely and vital and correct information is distributed as soon as we can.The NHVR is here to work with drivers and operators during these difficult times, I encourage you to contact us for assistance and we will try our best to help.Please take care and continue to excellent work you do safely.SalCross border arrangementsSeveral state road managers have placed restrictions on cross-border movements this week as a control measure against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).All governments are committed to ensuring the freight continues, with individual states issuing the below definitions of who is exempt from restrictions at their border.... > Read more about cross border arrangementsPractice Personal HygieneThe most important thing you can do to protect yourself, your colleagues and the public is to practice good hygiene, including:washing your hands regularly and using hand sanitiserkeeping work areas, eating surfaces and benches cleancovering your mouth while coughing or sneezingavoiding close contact with anyone who has flu-like symptomsOperators and drivers should carry additional hand sanitiser as it may not be otherwise available.If you become unwell or suspect you may have symptoms of coronavirus, please seek medical assistance regardless of whether you believe you may have come into contact with someone with the illness.You can find more information about coronavirus at:www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncovAmenity restrictions lifted from essential freight permitsThe NHVR has agreed to waive restrictions on all curfew permits, except those related to safety and access, to move general freight and grocery deliveries as part of the national response to coronavirus (COVID-19).NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the changes brought freight movements using permits into line with recent legislation introduced by state governments to reduce the impact of curfews or parking around distribution centres and local supermarkets.“B Doubles or PBS vehicles carrying general freight to distribution centres or retail outlets may have travel conditions listed in permits or notices based on safety, access or amenity concerns,” Mr Petroccitto said.“Officers have been advised that amenity-related restriction will not apply over the next three months, to support the movement of freight.> Read more about amenity restrictions