Issue 79 | 16 March 2020 Message from the CEOThe spread of COVID19 or coronavirus has led to uncertainty on many fronts for the heavy vehicle industry.Our primary concern is the well-being of staff and drivers, as well as the significant economic and operational burden, which is likely to remain for some time.At the time of writing the NHVR are maintaining our full service levels.Our on-road staff have been provided with disposable rubber gloves and hand sanitiser to be utilised when conducting road-side activities to reduce any contact or spread of the virus.Like all businesses we are continuing a process of on-going assessment of our capabilities and how we can deliver those services.However we will ensure we balance the needs of supporting a safe heavy vehicle industry with the need to conduct your operations and businesses during a time of great uncertainty.SalSimple 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 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.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 www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncovNHVR urges caution over spate of grape spillsThe NHVR is warning drivers to be aware of spilled grapes on South Australian roads. NHVR Manager Stakeholder Engagement John Gilbert said that it was critical that operators, vineyards, wineries and others involved in transporting grapes put in place robust safety systems to ensure a safe journey for everyone.“We want to see these grapes made into great South Australian wine, not left to rot on our highways,” John said. “So far in March we’ve seen around 10 major spills on state and local roads in the Riverland region. That’s following 30 major spills in February. > Click to read the full articleReport puts livestock supply chain safety in focusThe NHVR is calling for feedback on future safety reforms across the livestock supply chain. NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto told last week’s Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association’s 2020 Conference in Tamworth that the review would target several key areas where Chain of Responsibility laws applied to the movement of sheep and cattle.“We’ve identified a range of issues including loading practices, understanding of mass management and general understanding of regulatory responsibilities,” Sal said.“There are a number of questions raised about why overloading occurs, the pressures on drivers and how the livestock supply chain are meeting their safety responsibilities.”According to the Livestock Supply Chain Issues Paper, movement of sheep and cattle makes up about four per cent of the national freight task, but accounts for more than 10 per cent of accidents, including a significant number of rollovers.> Click to read the full storyReminder: Industry Safety SurveyA reminder to add your voice to our survey about how you tackle your safety responsibilities. NHVR Safety Assurance Director Greg Fill said the online safety survey would assist the NHVR to decide how best to develop future safety information.“We want to hear from everyone across the industry and supply chain about what they do to manage safety,” Greg said. The survey will allow the NHVR to continue to develop programs to support operators to meet their safety duties.The survey is voluntary and responses are confidential. It will be conducted by independent research company Insync and take about 10 minutes to complete.> Click here to access the survey. It’s open until 31 March.Watch your speed in B-triplesA reminder to all B-triple drivers that the maximum speed limit for these vehicles when operating on Queensland roads is 90km/h.In Queensland, the road rules limit the operation of all road trains to the lesser of the sign-posted speed limit and 90km/h. A B-triple is a road train.A previous condition of the National Road Train Notice suggested B-triples may operate at up to 100km/h. That condition was removed in October 2018.> Please see Information sheet – Speed limits for B-triples in Queensland for more details.Portal Training Event South Australia - PostponedPlease be advised that the Customer Portal Training being held on March 17, 2020 has been postponed.We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will be releasing new dates once they have been confirmed.Follow us on socialDuring this time, we will be updating our website with any relevant information for industry.We will also provide updates via our social media channels where required. Connect with us Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.
Message from the CEOWork being undertaken by heavy vehicle associations to develop and register Industry Codes of Practice is significantly important.An Industry Code of Practice establishes standards and procedures for parties across the supply chain to identify, analyse, evaluate and mitigate risks associated with meeting safety duties obligations.I commend the Australian Logistics Council and Australian Trucking Association for developing the original Master Code, based on NHVR guidelines.The NHVR approved the Master Code last year. However many sections of the heavy vehicle industry are unique and have taken an opportunity to build on the Master Code with more detail information specific to their particular task.I look forward to assessing the work being undertaken on the Crane Industry Code of Practice, Forestry Log Haulage Registered Code of Practice, Managing Effluent in the Livestock Supply Chain Code of Practice, Waste and Recycling Industry Code of Practice for Load Management, the Tasmanian Agriculture and Horticultural Registered Industry Code of Practice, Livestock Transport Code of Practice – Mass Management for livestock being transported to/from saleyards, lairages and feedlots and the Wine Industry Code of Practice.Thank you to all the organisations and groups involved in pulling this information together. It will be another boost for future safe and best practices within the heavy vehicle transport industry.Click here for more information on Registered Industry Codes of Practice or here for the Master Registered Code of Practice.SalPortal and database modernising heavy vehicle safety and productivityTechnology is allowing the NHVR to modernise the way heavy vehicle safety and productivity services are delivered.Using the mixture of data and digital platforms, the NHVR is continuing to explore new ways to make it easier to do business for one of the most important industries in Australia.The most recent leap forward came when the NHVR started integrating heavy vehicle data and information into a secure national database known as the Safety and Compliance Regulatory Platform.NHVR Solutions Director David Carlisle said this new data platform, along with the NHVR Portal, was delivering vastly improved digital capability and information that would greatly benefit heavy vehicle operations.> Read the full articleSurvey seeks insight into industry's safety managementThe NHVR is conducting its latest survey into how the heavy vehicle industry and supply chain is tackling their safety responsibilities.NHVR Safety Assurance Director Greg Fill said the online safety survey would assist the NHVR to decide how best to develop future safety information.“With the introduction of safety duties provisions in October 2018, we want to understand how these changes have impacted everyday safety practices.“We want to hear from everyone across the industry and supply chain about what they do to manage safety. Mr Fill said the survey would allow the NHVR to continue to develop programs to support operators to meet their safety duties.The survey is voluntary and responses are confidential. It will be conducted by independent research company Insync and take about 10 minutes to complete. The survey is open until the 31st March. > Click here to access the surveyFatigue Choices for work and rest hour flexibilityFlexibility for drivers using work and rest hours is within reach for many heavy vehicle operators.NHVR Fatigue Specialist Andreas Blahous said a new Fatigue Choice customer program would assist operators to ensure their business is making the most of existing fatigue laws.“Applying for AFM does not have to be a difficult process, but does require a commitment by the business and staff to some additional safety measures,” Andreas said.“From next week the NHVR will be going door-to-door to meet with operators across Australia to discuss their work and rest hour requirements and what options are available.> Read the full articleNew booklet for AFM preparationThe NHVR has recently released a new booklet Advance Fatigue Management – Preparation to apply, which is the third in the AFM series to assist operators.NHVR Fatigue Specialist Andreas Blahous said the booklet was designed to breakdown the components of an AFM application. “It provides plain English descriptions of the elements the NHVR reviews when it receives an application,” Andreas said.> Click here to download the Advance Fatigue Management – Preparation to apply bookletCustomer Portal Training - Adelaide, South AustraliaWould you like to learn more about vehicle configuration? Need help understanding routing? Ready for guidance on how to use the NHVR portal?Our expert portal training team are making their way to Adelaide later this month to share some tips and tricks for using the latest features of the NHVR portal.Tuesday 17 MarchSARTA Office: Regency Park, South AustraliaIn late 2019 we released a range of new online services in the NHVR customer portal to make it easier to do your heavy vehicle business - from vehicle standards applications to managing your NHVAS accreditation.If you're near Adelaide, and would like some help getting started with the new features or understanding how the portal can make it easier for you to do business, please email us at email@example.com with your name, number of attendees and your topics of interest and we'll be in touch to confirm times.CoronavirusMany Australian industries are closely monitoring the potential impacts of coronavirus (COVID 19), following the Australian Government recently issuing a health alert as a precaution.Click here for the latest advice, information and contact details NHVR is now on InstagramFollow us on Instagram to keep up-to-date with NHVR projects and events.Connect with us and share your pictures from the road to be featured in our newsletter.Connect with us Having troubles viewing this email? 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Issue 77 | 17 Feb 2020 Message from the CEOHeavy vehicle operators have long called for standard compliance, across borders and between agencies responsible for its delivery.Changes have been occurring, through agreements such as the National Compliance and Enforcement Policy released in late 2018.However the NHVR took a big step toward standard compliance with the transition of heavy vehicle services from VicRoads in December and the official opening of our Melbourne base earlier this month.The transition of Victorian heavy vehicle services follows similar changes undertaken by state governments in South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.With borderless zones of operations, officers across the NHVR workforce will be able to deliver more consistent and broader services.This means our officers will no longer be restricted by borders when undertaking heavy vehicle compliance activities.It’s yet another step to deliver risk-based and outcomes-focused services when planning and undertaking heavy vehicle related compliance and enforcement activities.SalFatigue technology found to deliver safety benefitsTruck and bus companies have supported the use of Fatigue and Distraction Detection Technology to improve safety outcomes by helping prevent accidents before they occur, rather than looking in the rear vision mirror after the fact.This finding comes from an NHVR-commissioned study (as part of a five stage safety initiative) and was undertaken by independent consultants from HGH Consulting and CQ University, including internationally acclaimed sleep scientist, Professor Drew Dawson.NHVR Fatigue Specialist Andreas Blahous said this technology has the potential to be a game changer and the NHVR will work towards a collaborative approach to encouraging adoption of the new technology that includes drivers and management “The study found that the use of technology significantly reduced the frequency of fatigue and distraction events and identifies possible events to help prevent crashes before they occur,” Andreas said.“As one driver told the study; ‘it’s like having a mate in the cab that taps you on the shoulder’.> Click to read the full articleLast chance to get in your heavy vehicle safety ideasThe NHVR is reminding groups to submit their funding applications for Round 5 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) before the Friday 21 February deadline.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the Federal Government had provided $5.48 million in 2020-21 for projects that improve heavy vehicle safety, under round five of the program.“This is the last week to get in your applications for the HVSI – our program which targets projects that can deliver real safety benefits for the heavy vehicle industry and all road users,” Sal said.“We’ve got some great projects underway, targeting everything from compliance in the supply chain to driver mental health and education programs about driving safely around trucks. > Click here for more details and submission guidelinesMinor law changes on the horizonMinor amendments to the National Heavy Vehicle Law are coming on February 28.The changes remove inconsistencies between self-clearing defect notices, minor and major defect notices. These changes will:align the requirement for a driver who is not the vehicle operator to give the defect notice to the operator as soon as practicable, but no more than 14 days, after the notice is issuedallow a self-clearing defect notice to specify the date by which the repairs must be carried outprovide an option for the operator to request permission to use a heavy vehicle subject to a self-clearing defect notice if the repairs have not been carried out by the required date. > Click here to read more about the changesNHVR commences first prosecution under new Chain of Responsibility lawsThe NHVR has commenced its first prosecution under new Chain of Responsibility laws, laying charges against a company director for failing to exercise due diligence to ensure the company complied with its safety duty.NHVR Executive Director Statutory Compliance Ray Hassall said that NHVR Investigators conducted a safety duties investigation into a Victorian trucking company in relation to fatigue management of its drivers.“We believe the company failed to comply with conditions of its fatigue management accreditation,” Ray said.“This requirement forms part of the Heavy Vehicle National Law’s (HVNL) primary safety duty and executives are required to exercise due diligence to ensure a company complies with this duty.> Click to read the articleTruck Driver Info DaysWednesday 19 FebRockbank, Victoria> More details------------------------Tuesday 3 MarchPort of Brisbane, Queensland> More detailsNHVR is now on InstagramFollow us on Instagram to keep up-to-date with NHVR projects and events.Connect with us and share your pictures from the road to be featured in our newsletter.Connect with us Having troubles viewing this email? 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Issue 76 | 4 February 2020 Message from the CEO - 2020 in clear sightThere has been interesting discussion recently around the impact that new technology is having on heavy vehicle safety and productivity.Whether you utilise fatigue detection, cleaner-energy vehicles or simply make use of the increasingly detailed data on offer across the industry, I believe improved technology is having an impact.I’m constantly amazed by the heavy vehicle industry’s ability to embrace new ideas and look for safer, more productive ways to undertake the freight task.Technology is largely driven by industry and manufacturers meeting operator needs.As a Regulator we’ll continue to encourage uptake and where possible provide incentives.In March the NHVR will be conducting a voluntary industry safety survey to provide a snapshot of what systems and procedures are being incorporated by heavy vehicle operators and the supply chain.Keep an eye out and I’d encourage you to be involved.SalHeavy vehicle industry reviews should align for better outcomeThe NHVR is calling for two major reviews to be considered together, avoiding duplication and delivering better safety and productivity outcomes for the industry. The call was made as part of the NHVR’s response to the Productivity Commission’s draft paper on National Transport Regulatory Reform.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto's response called for the Productivity Commission’s findings to be included as part of the ongoing National Transport Commission (NTC) Review into the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL). “I believe that it is essential that the NTC, which is overseeing the HVNL Review, provide sufficient time to fully consider the commission’s recommendations before progressing with any proposed legislative amendments,” Mr Petroccitto said.> Read full articleJoin us in Dubbo to learn about flexible fatigue managementWould you like to learn more about the flexible fatigue management options currently available to you under the HVNL?Representatives from the NHVR’s Fatigue and Human Factors team will be in Dubbo to host an evening information session where operators can attend to hear about the options available and discuss the specific details of the fatigue flexibility they would like for their business and get direct input from the NHVR. Details of the session are:Date: Saturday 15 February 2020Time: 6.00-7.00pmVenue: Quality Inn Dubbo International, 165 Whylandra St, DubboThe team will also be available after the information session (between 7.00 pm and 9.00pm) to provide one-on-one advice and guidance. To arrange a 30 minute one-on-one session please contact firstname.lastname@example.orgBridge StrikesQueensland Rail is asking transport businesses and truck drivers to complete a survey that will help them better understand the industry's knowledge of vehicle load height.The information from the surveys will help shape initiatives aimed at reducing the number of rail bridge collisions.The surveys are anonymous, take about 10 minutes to complete, and close at 5pm on Friday 14 February 2020.Respondents who leave their email address will go in a draw to win one of five $100 gift cards.If you are a transport business owner, you should complete the following survey bit.ly/3aXzwckIf you are a driver, you should complete the following survey bit.ly/2GDAxIrNHVR officers lending hand to fire-impacted communitiesNHVR staff across Victoria and South Australia have been doing their part for the bushfire relief effort with officers assisting to get hay to isolated, bushfire-effected areas.Director Southern Region (Operations) Paul Simionato said that staff in Victoria and South Australia had stepped up to help out wherever they could.“The NHVR was approached by the Victoria Police to assist with road traffic management, escort activities and traffic control,” Mr Simionato said. "The team was deployed to Bairnsdale, a community that has been significantly impacted by the fires, to support heavy vehicle movements in the area. “In one of the biggest operations, NHVR staff and VicPol successfully escorted a 35 hay truck convoy from Bairnsdale to Gelantipy, over more than three hours. > Read full articleUpcoming Truck Driver Info Days – first for 2020A new year brings new opportunities to engage with the NHVR and one of the best ways to do this is through our regular Truck Driver Info Days. Upcoming dates include: NSW - Wednesday 5 February, BP Beresfield (near Newcastle), 2pm to lateVIC - Wednesday 19 February, BP Rockbank (west of Melbourne), 10am to 6pmIn 2019 the NHVR stakeholder team rolled out more than 30 information sessions in all participating states as part of its roadside information sessions or one of the many events the NHVR attended.This included four truck information sessions across four states on one day in September.John Gilbert, NHVR’s Manager of Stakeholder Engagement and Customer Experience said the national day of engagement was a success as it allowed operators to talk to the team in a more relaxed environment."Some of this engagement has already led to changes and better wording of policy documents the NHVR has produced," he said.> See all eventsEvents & WebinarsThe NHVR hosts many forums and online webinars throughout the year.Visit the events page on the website to keep up with the latest events or browse our YouTube channel for webinars and training tools.NHVR is now on InstagramFollow us on Instagram to keep up-to-date with NHVR projects and events.Connect with us and share your pictures from the road to be featured in our newsletter.Connect with us Having troubles viewing this email? 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Issue 75 | 21 January 2020 Message from the CEOHappy New Year to On the Road readers.Despite the many exciting innovations and programs rolling out in 2020 for heavy vehicle safety and productivity, it’s hard to look past the tragic events that have recently unfolded in many parts of Australia.Thank you to the hundreds of heavy vehicle operators who have safely supported the emergency response and initial phases of the bushfire recovery.Their efforts have been supported by authorised officers from the NHVR, RMS, police and other agencies. NHVR staff have been out across eastern Victoria and South Australia over the past week escorting drivers.There have been convoys of fodder moving along narrow or damaged roads often under poor visibility and missing signage. Operators supporting the recovery are arriving from far and wide and need assistance navigating local roads for the first time.This will be a long recovery and the NHVR will be working with industry and recovery agencies to support where required.SalBody worn cameras to be rolled out to NHVR officersBody worn cameras (BWCs) have been issued to all NHVR Safety and Compliance Officers (SCOs) following a recent trial in South Australia and Tasmania.The BWC is a portable camera worn by NHVR officers to capture audio and video recordings of interactions between officers and those involved in heavy vehicle transport activities.It also provides a number of important safety benefits by encouraging safe and mutually respectful interactions.NHVR Chief Operations Officer Paul Salvati said that the cameras would be worn during intercepts and evidence gathering activities by all NHVR officers in South Australia, Victoria, the ACT and Tasmania.> Read full articleFemale truck drivers say enough is enough to road tollFed up with the number of preventable crashes on Australian roads, including 1,188 road fatalities in 2019, female truck drivers are speaking out in a new campaign which aims to reduce risky behaviour.NHVR Director Southern Region Paul Simionato said that Women in Trucking Australia Ltd (WiTA) – established by female heavy vehicle drivers to encourage and support more women into driving careers – was one of 24 organisations that received funding through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), supported by the Federal Government.“The HVSI supports groups across the country to deliver programs that deliver tangible improvements to safety in the heavy vehicle industry,” Paul said.“This new campaign is a powerful reminder that trucks need space to keep you safe and I commend WiTA on the work they are doing to make sure all road users get home safe.”> Read full articleNHVR Portal Bytes – accreditation and vehicle standards updateOperators can now manage their National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme services and Vehicle Standards applications through the NHVR Portal.NHVR Business Improvement Program Director David Carlisle said a recent upgrade was now available to more than 7000 accreditation customers.“Operators are now able to manage tasks including submitting an application, managing account information, reviewing application status, reviewing accreditation status, reviewing driver and vehicle lists, paying for applications and viewing payment history,” David said.“If you have not yet taken the step to submit an application via the NHVR Portal, make 2020 the time to do it.“The NHVR Portal is also a great way to track your applications and retain information for auditing.”For more information on the latest release visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=KczK9OhrNgQTo manage an Accreditation or Vehicle Standards account visit www.service.nhvr.gov.auTruck Driver Info Days kick off for 2020A new year brings new opportunities to engage with the NHVR and one of the best ways to do this is through our regular Truck Driver Info Days.Upcoming dates include:Wednesday 5 February, BP Beresfield (near Newcastle), 2pm until lateThursday 20 February, Caltex Port of Brisbane, 6am until 2pmIn 2019 the NHVR stakeholder team rolled out more than 30 information sessions as part of its roadside information program. This included four truck information sessions across four states on a single day in September.John Gilbert, NHVR’s Manager of Stakeholder Engagement and Customer Experience said the national day of engagement was a success as it allowed operators to talk to the team in a more relaxed environment."Some of this engagement has already led to changes and better wording of policy documents the NHVR has produced," he said.> Read more about the work of our Stakeholder Engagement team in this issue of Prime Mover MagazineStop and think about road safetyThe South Australian Government’s Think! Road Safety webpage is a great resource that is helping drivers, motorcyclists and pedestrians think about their behaviours and actions when on the road.The webpage features a wide range of resources and campaigns that remind all South Australians that road incidents can be avoided when everyone thinks about road safety.The new resource provides a central location for Think! branded road safety information and campaigns, which have been developed by SAPOL and DPTI.Visit Think! Road Safety here - thinkroadsafety.sa.gov.auGet in touch1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487)www.nhvr.gov.auBushfire Recovery BulletinsClick here for the latest informationConnect with us Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.
Bulletin 3: Released on 16 January 2020 Bushfires are continuing to impact heavy vehicle operations across Australia.The following Bulletin provides important information in relation to OSOM restrictions, fatigue provisions and the bushfire recovery.NHVR is urging all heavy vehicle operators to take steps to ensure safe travel when operating in and around areas affected by bushfires.Where possible operators should avoid travelling in bushfire impacted zones, however if required, be aware of local emergency access arrangements.Personal Use Exemption availableOperators should be aware of options when using a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle for personal use, particularly in areas where there are no alternative means of transport.The Personal use exemption, allows an additional hour for private or non-commercial activities, such as reaching suitable sleeping accommodation and restocking supplies for a trip. The exemption applies if the truck is unladen or unhitched.Drivers using the exemption still have a responsibility to manage their own fatigue and stop driving if tired.The NHVR recently extended the exemption to include drivers operating under Basic and Advanced Fatigue Management, as well as under Standard hours.For more information on the Personal use exemption visit www.nhvr.gov.au/fatigue-personal-useUnderstand emergency fatigue provisions – what you can and can’t doAn emergency services work and rest hour exemption may apply if working with or under the direction of emergency services. This includes transporting relief supplies or working to restore essential utilities and services.For this exemption to apply, written or verbal direction must be received from emergency service personnel.While the direction may exempt you from complying with work and rest limits and maintaining work diaries, they do not exempt an operator or a driver from managing fatigue.Drivers should keep a record of any instruction given by emergency services.Drivers should stop work and rest immediately if they are feeling fatigued at any time while operating a heavy vehicle.The NHVR has been out across eastern Victoria over the past few days escorting drivers through fire affected areas, along narrow or damaged roads often under poor visibility and missing signage. Pictured is one of three loads of hay in a convoy for “Need for Feed” being escorted to properties between Bairnsdale and Orbost. The NHVR thanks operators for their assistance and care when accessing these areas.OSOM Restrictions lifted in Southern NSWTransport for NSW advises that the restrictions placed on OSOM travel in Southern NSW last week as a result of bushfires have now been lifted.The situation in this area is still unpredictable and conditions may change at short notice. Operators are requested to maintain a high level of caution when travelling in these areas.There are still a significant number of emergency service and Defence Force vehicles assisting with the recovery effort. Roads could be affected by smoke and there may still be damage in some areas as a result of the fires.Operators are asked to visit www.livetraffic.com for the latest traffic information, download the Live Traffic NSW app or call 132 701.OSOM NetworksVictoria and New South Wales have extensive Oversize, Overmass (OSOM) networks. Using these networks removes the need for a permit, unless otherwise stated.For general information on OSOM networks read the Information Sheet - Multi-State Class 1 Oversize vehicles notice.If travelling outside of these networks visit Oversize Overmass permit.National Bushfire Recovery AgencyThe Federal Government has made resources available through its National Bushfire Recovery Agency, which has been set up to coordinate a national response to rebuilding communities affected by bushfires.Although conditions remain volatile in areas across Australia, the Government is allocating short-term assistance for those in need.For more information see frequently asked questions and bushfire recovery assistance information and contacts.Heavy vehicle access across bushfire affected areas.The NHVR is experiencing a significantly increased number of permit applications. We request operators to avoid any non-essential permit applications in the coming weeks.Heavy vehicle operators on the road should take a number of steps when accessing bushfire-affected areas.Check the local road conditions through state government websites. A list of websites with the latest information about road conditions can be found below.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 at www.service.nhvr.gov.au or call 1300 696 487 for assistance.Ensure you have enough food and water supplies in case of unexpected conditions, and avoid using back tracks or off-network roads to get around road closures.If fires have interfered with your ability to lodge access or accreditation applications please get in contact with us on 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487) or email@example.com so we can provide appropriate support and guidance.NHVR to provide support to meet accreditation requirementsDue to recent bushfire activity over an extended period of time, it is possible some NHVAS accreditations could have lapsed with operators unable to lodge the required ‘maintain accreditation’ application or not being able to meet their audit commitments.With consideration to the extreme circumstances, should such a situation be the case, please contact the NHVR accreditation team so that we can provide appropriate support and guidance for continuation in the NHVAS.Road ClosuresThere continues to be a significant amount of road closures across the country due to ongoing bushfires.When planning your journey, please check the road closure maps below, in addition to using the relevant approved vehicle-type access maps within your state.You can find up-to-date maps for each state at the following:NSW https://bit.ly/371dXpg VIC https://bit.ly/2N0VPDy WA https://bit.ly/2N2U1tISA https://bit.ly/2tEFL3eQLD https://bit.ly/2ZYfiKsTAS https://bit.ly/2ZWSz10ACT https://bit.ly/35hN0eSNT https://bit.ly/2QrXynt
Bulletin 2: Released on 10 January 2020
The effects of bushfires are continuing to impact heavy vehicle operations across Australia, with some areas of the country experiencing deteriorating conditions.NHVR is urging all heavy vehicle operators to take steps to ensure safe travel when operating in and around areas affected by bushfires.Where possible operators should avoid travelling in bushfire impacted zones, however if required be aware of local emergency access arrangements.The following Bulletin answers some of the questions we’ve received in relation to bushfire recovery.The next Bulletin will be available on January 15.
Nullarbor re-openedThe Eyre Highway and the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway have been re-opened in both directions.Some speed restrictions are in place, and a large number of heavy and light vehicles are currently moving in both directions.The NHVR and other agencies are on site to assist with the flow of traffic.Operators are asked to ensure they carry sufficient fuel and water, as many roadhouses will be low or out of stock.Please stay up-to-date with the status of both highways, as conditions could change at short notice.> Click here for the latest information
OSOM restrictions in Southern NSWTransport for NSW are reporting that OSOM restrictions are currently in place in Southern NSW in several areas impacted by fires.OSOM access (other than for emergency provisions) is restricted until further notice on the following roads:Princes Hwy (south of Nowra to Victorian border)Illawarra HwyKings HwySnowy Mountains HwyMonaro HwyKosciuszko RdBatlow RdJingellic RdAlpine WayBraidwood RdOSOM vehicles and combinations operating under permit are not permitted to travel in these areas until further notice.OSOM vehicles and combinations operating under a Notice are advised to avoid all non-essential travel in the area.If you are unsure if your OSOM movement falls within "emergency provisions" please contact RMS Road Access Unit on 1300 656 371 prior to commencing travel.For the latest traffic information for these areas, visit www.livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW app or call 132 701.
Heavy vehicle access across bushfire affected areas.The NHVR is experiencing a significantly increased number of permit applications. We request operators to avoid any non-essential permit applications in the coming weeks.Heavy vehicle operators on the road should take a number of steps when accessing bushfire-affected areas.Check the local road conditions through state government websites. A list of websites with the latest information about road conditions can be found below.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 at www.service.nhvr.gov.au/ or call 1300 696 487 for assistance.Ensure you have enough food and water supplies in case of unexpected conditions, and avoid using back tracks or off-network roads to get around road closures.
Road ClosuresThere continues to be a significant amount of road closures across the country due to ongoing bushfires.You can find up-to-date maps for each state at the links below:NSW https://bit.ly/371dXpg VIC https://bit.ly/2N0VPDy WA https://bit.ly/2N2U1tISA https://bit.ly/2tEFL3eQLD https://bit.ly/2ZYfiKsTAS https://bit.ly/2ZWSz10ACT https://bit.ly/35hN0eSNT https://bit.ly/2QrXynt
Bulletin 1: Released on 8 January 2020 The NHVR is urging all heavy vehicle operators to take steps to ensure safe travel when operating in and around areas affected by bushfires.Where possible operators should avoid travelling in bushfire impacted zones, however if required be aware of local emergency access arrangements.The following Bulletin answers some of the questions we’ve received in relation to work and rest hour exemptions, access arrangements and road conditions.The next Bulletin will be available on January 13.If fires have interfered with your ability to lodge access or accreditation applications please get in contact with us on 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487) or firstname.lastname@example.org so we can provide appropriate support and guidance.
Heavy vehicle access across bush fire affected areasThe NHVR is working with road and emergency services authorities to ensure safe access to affected areas. Heavy vehicle operators should take a number of steps when accessing bushfire affected areas.Check the local road conditions through state government websites. A list of websites with the latest information about road conditions can be found below.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 at www.service.nhvr.gov.au/ or call 1300 696 487 for assistance. Ensure you have enough food and water supplies in case of unexpected conditions, and avoid using back tracks or off-network roads to get around road closures.
Understand emergency fatigue provisions what you can and can’t doAn emergency services work and rest hour exemption may apply if working with or under the direction of emergency services. This includes transporting relief supplies or working to restore essential utilities and services.For this exemption to apply, written or verbal direction must be received from emergency service personnel.While the direction may exempt you from complying with work and rest limits and maintaining work diaries, they do not exempt an operator or a driver from managing fatigue.Drivers should keep a record of any instruction given by emergency services.Drivers should stop work and rest immediately if they are feeling fatigued at any time while operating a heavy vehicle.
Eyre Highway closureThe Eyre Highway between Norseman and Caiguna remains closed in both directions due to the impact of fire and smoke. The following alert has been issued by the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services.It remains unsafe for people to travel east due to worsening fire weather, the active Balladonia fire and the potential for dry lightning.All vehicles outside of this area are asked to stay away. Eyre Highway, Coolgardie-Esperance Highway and the border from South Australia into Western Australia will remain closed.> Click here for the latest information
OSOM NetworksOperators are reporting a lot of large equipment is being moved during this period. Victoria and New South Wales have extensive Oversize, Overmass (OSOM) networks, which operators are encouraged to utilise where possible. Using these networks removes the need for a permit. Click here for general information on OSOM networksLocal network maps are available here:NSW - https://bit.ly/36xoPKFVIC - https://bit.ly/2ZXkVZe> Click here for general information on OSOM travelOSOM restrictions are currently in place in Southern NSW. Please note the list of local restrictions for non-emergency vehicles HEREIf travelling outside of these networks, please visit www.service.nhvr.gov.au for permit information.
Contacts for fire informationNew South WalesNSW RFS: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au and www.fire.nsw.gov.auNSW Bush Fire Information Line: 1800 679 737Twitter: @NSWRFSVictoria Victoria Country Fire Authority: www.cfa.vic.gov.auVicEmergency Hotline: 1800 226 226Twitter: @VICemergencySouth Australia SA CFS: www.cfs.sa.gov.auBushfire Information Hotline: 1800 362 361SA Government Recovery Hotline: 1800 302 787Twitter: @CFSAlertsQueensland Queensland Fire and Emergency Services: www.qfes.qld.gov.auTwitter: @QldFESWestern AustraliaDepartment of Fire and Emergency Services: https://www.dfes.wa.gov.auPublic information: 133 337Twitter: @DFES_WA
Road ClosuresThere continues to be a significant amount of road closures across the country due to ongoing bushfires.You can find up-to-date maps for each state at the links below:NSW https://bit.ly/371dXpg VIC https://bit.ly/2N0VPDy WA https://bit.ly/2N2U1tISA https://bit.ly/2tEFL3eQLD https://bit.ly/2ZYfiKsTAS https://bit.ly/2ZWSz10ACT https://bit.ly/35hN0eSNT https://bit.ly/2QrXynt
Issue 74 | 10 December 2019 Message from the CEOVictorian on-road compliance and enforcement services have transferred to the NHVR.Victoria joins South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT where the NHVR already provides these services, enabling another step towards a consistent approach to heavy vehicle safety and productivity.A borderless system of heavy vehicle enforcement across the country means operators know they’ll be dealing with the same approach to enforcement from Safety and Compliance Officers, operating under the NHVR.This is something the NHVR will continue working toward with the remaining jurisdictions over the coming months and years.As we approach the end of the year, I’d like to thank all those in the heavy vehicle industry for your support during 2019. The NHVR staff and I look forward to working with you in the New Year.SalQueensland OSOM processing to transfer to NHVRThe processing of Class 1 Oversize and Overmass permit applications for Queensland will transfer from Queensland’s Transport and Main Roads to the NHVR from the 16 December 2019.This is the last phase of the delegations to return to the NHVR and from this date, all permit applications in Queensland must be submitted to the NHVR via the NHVR Portal.NHVR Program Director Annette Finch said that the transition of permit processing to the NHVR would provide industry and road managers with a consistent approach to road access permits in Queensland and will allow them to utilise the benefits of the NHVR Portal.> Read the full articleNational fatigue operation underwayThe NHVR is urging heavy vehicle drivers to take care in the lead up to Christmas while Authorised Officers conduct a multi-agency fatigue compliance operation.NHVR Chief Operations Officer Paul Salvati said the latest Operation Wake Up, coordinated by the NHVR, was underway across Australia with Authorised Officers checking drivers for compliance with fatigue regulations.“Making sure that you’re managing your fatigue is one of the most important things you can do as a heavy vehicle operator to keep yourself and other road users safe,” Paul said. > Read the full articleVictorian transitions escort services and on-road compliance to the NHVRAll VicRoads on-road services have transitioned to the NHVR, with Victoria joining South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said operators would see distinctive NHVR uniforms and vehicles on Victorian roads. “As a national regulator, the NHVR can provide nationally consistent training and enforcement methods and resources, and undertake more complex, cross-border Chain of Responsibility investigations,” Sal said.“The borderless delivery of these services is another step towards consistency that supports productivity for operators and makes our roads safer for everyone.” > Read the full articleChristmas and New Year's hoursFrom Wednesday 25 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020 inclusive, the NHVR offices will close for the Christmas/New Year break.Our call centre will be closed on the national public holidays and open all other business days from 8am-6pm (AEDT). During this time we will continue to process access permit applications, but we will not be processing any other types of applications (i.e. fatigue, NHVAS, PBS or vehicle standards).The Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Line will be closed Monday 23 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020 inclusive. If it’s an emergency or there’s a safety risk happening on the road right now, call 000.Please be aware that other road managers, such as local governments, may have limited to no service available during the Christmas/New Year’s period. This may delay the assessment and consent process. Further enquiries regarding road manager operating hours and levels of service should be made directly with the relevant council or agency.> Click here for information about Christmas and New Year’s travel restrictionsPBS demo day in Bundaberg a great successThe final NHVR Performance Based Standards (PBS) demonstration day for 2019 was held in Bundaberg last week.NHVR Stakeholder Officer Dan Casey said the event was another successful day attended by more than 50 people representing six local councils and industry.“These events rely on the support of local councils and businesses. “It was great have enthusiastic input from Bundaberg Regional Council, the Mayor Jack Dempsey and local businesses Isis Sugar Mill and Hawe Earthmoving, as well as Qube Logistics,” Dan said.> Read the full articlePBS access improved at Port of BrisbaneThe first Port Declared Freight Precinct in Queensland has been declared at the Port of Brisbane, improving access for approved Perfomance-Based Standards (PBS) Level 2 combinations.The joint initiative by the NHVR, TMR, Brisbane City Council and the Port of Brisbane will deliver greater efficiencies relating to the importing and exporting of heavier and larger containers that are over current mass and dimension restrictions. The area will be known as the Greater Port of Brisbane Freight Precinct which includes the area covering Lytton, Hemmant and Murarrie areas east of the Gateway Motorway.> Read the full articleMinor regulation amendments for bus and road train massSome minor regulation changes for three-axle bus mass limits and steer axle mass limits for road trains will begin today.Three-axle bus limits will increase from 20 tonnes to 22 tonne, reflecting increasing average weight of passengers. Previously buses were able to operate in some states at 22 tonne under permit.The steer axle limit for road trains will increase from 6.7 tonnes to 7.1 tonnes (for tyre widths of at least 375mm). This reflects the increases in modern road trains’ tare weight.> Read the full articleEvents & WebinarsThe NHVR hosts many forums and online webinars throughout the year.Visit the News and Events page on the website to keep up with the latest events or browse our YouTube channel for webinars and training tools. NHVR is now on InstagramFollow us on Instagram to keep up-to-date with NHVR projects and events.Connect with us and share your pictures from the road to be featured in our newsletter.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 73 | 27 November 2019 Message from the CEOOne of the key outcomes of the current review into the Heavy Vehicle National Law must be a renewed fatigue regime.We are well aware of the issues presented by the current law. It is overly prescriptive and doesn’t provide the flexibility operators require to deliver the best safety and productivity outcomes.Our recent study has shown that AFM is proving effective – both at delivering the flexibility operators need to better manage real fatigue risks and in keeping our roads safe for all users.With the review of the HVNL now moving to its next phase, we are committed to working with industry and the NTC to use what we have learned from AFM to inform a modern fatigue management framework that delivers benefits for everyone.SalAFM study supports move to flexible and risk-based approach to fatigueAn NHVR survey of close to 40 heavy vehicle operators using Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) has found that those taking advantage of the flexibility offered by AFM had fewer fatigue-related incidents, an improved safety culture and higher productivity than other operators. NHVR Principal Safety Assurance Advisor Andreas Blahous said that the study followed calls for the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) to allow for increased flexibility when effective fatigue management systems are in place.“The study demonstrates the significant benefits of AFM and a more flexible fatigue management framework for both safety and productivity,” Mr Blahous said. > Read moreAccreditation services set to join the NHVR PortalNational Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme services will be available in the NHVR Portal from 2 December 2019.Operators will be able to manage their NHVAS tasks including submitting an application, managing account information, reviewing application status, reviewing accreditation status, reviewing driver and vehicle lists, paying for applications, viewing payment history and tracking audit associated. From Friday 29 November, the NHVR Accreditation team will start transferring NHVAS applications received via email, fax or web forms to the NHVR Portal. > Read moreNew permit scheme benefits Queensland crane industryA new permit scheme for crane operations across Queensland is underway.NHVR Program Director Annette Finch said the new Queensland Class 1 Crane Permit Scheme was the result of work undertaken by the NHVR, Local Government Association Queensland and the Crane Industry Council Australia.“This scheme will increase productivity and reduce burden for the crane industry operating across Queensland,” Annette said.“Previously crane operators in Queensland had to apply for individual radius permits, however under the new scheme operators can apply for the pre-approved network and be issued a singular permit for participating local council roads.”> Read moreJacobson urges drivers to Tell a mate about heavy vehicle safetyOne of Australia’s best-known personalities, Shane Jacobson, is back on board with the NHVR’s Tell a mate heavy vehicle safety campaign.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto welcomed Jacobson’s passion for heavy vehicle safety, after being the face of the Tell a mate campaign over the past year.“Initially Shane will be part of our Focus on Fatigue campaign in the lead-up to Christmas, urging drivers to chat to their colleagues and other road users about recognising the signs of fatigue,” Mr Petroccitto said.“Shane has a real interest in heavy vehicle safety and it’s exciting to be able to continue this partnership. > Read moreProductivity Commission Draft Report backs improved safety outcomesThe NHVR has welcomed the release of the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report into National Transport Regulatory Reform.NHVR Chair Duncan Gay said that the draft report highlighted the benefits that had already been achieved, while charting a path for improvement.“We welcome the draft report and will continue to work with the Productivity Commission as they finalise their inquiry over the coming months,” Mr Gay said.“The draft report reinforces the key safety and productivity benefits that have already been enabled through the work of industry and the NHVR.> Read moreKamili gets OSOM accessThree of the 60,000 access permits processed through the NHVR this year were for giraffes.The latest was Kamili who last week completed the trip from Perth to Melbourne, transported by Melbourne-based operator L Arthur Transport Services.The NHVR coordinated the oversize, overmass access arrangements in place to ensure Kamili’s safety on the 3400 km journey.Kamili was born last year at Perth Zoo and is headed to Orana Wildlife Park in New Zealand, via the Port of Melbourne. NHVR Access Coordinator Annette Finch said the giraffe moved in a specially designed enclosure and travelling under a permit on a prime mover with a total height of almost five metres, via a route carefully planned to avoid low bridges, powerlines and other potential obstacles. > Read moreGot pics?We want to see your photos from on the road.Send them to us through the NHVR Facebook or reply and attach to this email for your chance to be featured. NHVR is now on InstagramFollow us on Instagram to keep up-to-date with NHVR projects and events.Connect with us and share your pictures from the road to be featured in our newsletter. 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 72 | 12 November 2019 https://www.vision6.com.au/v/40111/4712951/email.html?k=dTqthu1LNXQCr__11ZkDEICAU4cga1ZDahg1lN8QSo0
Message from the CEOStay fatigue safe during the lead up to ChristmasThe NHVR will Focus on Fatigue over the coming month with announcements, information and compliance operations.This includes the recent extension of the Personal Use Exemption to include drivers accredited to use Advance and Basic Fatigue Management schemes.Our most recent Operation Wake Up in April this year intercepted more than 3500 vehicles for fatigue checks and found that drivers under BFM and AFM were well above the average compliance rate of 93.3 per cent.With the busy holiday period just around the corner, it’s a timely reminder to everyone about the risks of driving fatigued.Please tell a mate, whether they are operating a light or heavy vehicle to take care on the roads leading up to the end of the year and avoid driving when fatigued.SalApplication call for heavy vehicle safety funding The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is calling for funding applications for programs that improve heavy vehicle safety on Australian roads. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Federal Government had provided $5.48 million for safety projects for round five of the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) program. “This funding is focused towards groups and projects delivering real safety benefits for the heavy vehicle industry and all road users,” Mr McCormack said. > Read moreNHVR expands Personal Use Exemption to AFM and BFMThe NHVR has extended the Personal Use Exemption for drivers operating under Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) and Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM). The change will mean drivers operating under BFM and AFM will have an additional hour to use their fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle for personal use, which can be utilised during the 24-hour rest break.Personal Use Exemption for drivers on Standard hours was allowed in 2018 and following industry feedback the NHVR has added the extension to drivers who are eligible for BFM and AFM.For more information on changes visit www.nhvr.gov.au/fatigue> Read moreVehicle Standards self-service saves time for operatorsOperators will be able to track, in real time, the status of their Vehicle Standards applications in the NHVR Portal from Wednesday 20 November.The new ‘Case Management’ function will allow operators to log in anytime and see the status of their applications in just a few clicks. This ability to ‘self-service’ will mean operators will no longer need to call the NHVR for updates on processing times.The new feature follows the launch of the Vehicle Standards service in the NHVR Portal last month, which now allows operators to apply for In-Principle Support, Vehicle Standards Exemption Permits and Heavy Vehicle Modification Approvals in the NHVR Portal.Sign up to the webinar for a demonstration of the new feature.If you have any questions about the new services available in the NHVR Portal, please contact the NHVR Call Centre on 1300 MY NHVR (1300 696 487).Permit applications fasttracked for firefighting responseHeavy vehicle operators should be aware of a large number of heavy vehicle movements taking place in fire-affected areas of Queensland and NSW over the coming days.The NHVR and road managers have fasttracked a large number of permit applications over the past 24 hours to allow movement heavy vehicles in relation to firefighting operations, including Australian Defence Force vehicles.Operators travelling in areas affected by firefighting operations should take care and be aware that delays may occur.Stay up-to-date on road closures due to bushfires at:• Qld information is available through the Department of Transport and Main Roads at bit.ly/2X3AXzq• SW information is available through Transport for NSW at bit.ly/371dXpg Annual report now availableThe 2018-19 NHVR Annual Report is now available. The report has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Heavy Vehicle National Law Act 2012 (Qld) and demonstrates how the NHVR has driven sustainable improvements to safety, productivity and efficiency across the Australian heavy vehicle road transport sector.You can find the Annual Report at the link: https://www.nhvr.gov.au/files/201911-1120-nhvr-2018-19-annual-report-web.pdfSend us your photos from on the roadWe want to see your photos from on the road. Send them to us through the NHVR Facebook page for your chance to be featured.This sunset photo from Murrami, New South Wales was sent to us by Matt Manning.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.