As a modern, risk-based regulator, the focus of our Strategy and Action Plan is based on data-driven intelligence, ensuring we’re targeting and minimising the greatest safety risks on roads and supply chains. As the heavy vehicle industry grows, so too must our continued focus on delivering safety at the highest level.
A key part of the strategy and our approach to regulation is ensuring we provide industry and the supply chain with the information and tools you need to manage your business and perform your role safely.
In this edition we have released the first piece of regulatory advice material (available here) that provide simple and easy-to-understand guidance about safely transporting shipping container freight. We are keen to hear from you to understand if the information is helpful and if there is anything additional you think we should include. We want to make sure we get it right and it is a valuable resource.
I encourage you to read through this important safety information to ensure you are doing everything you can to stay safe as we head into the busy holiday season.
Industry partnership guides positive safety future
More fatigue risk management options, targeted compliance activities and promoting safer, cleaner and efficient heavy vehicles are some of the key initiatives to be delivered under the first year of the NHVR’s five-year strategy for heavy vehicle safety.
“This Strategy outlines our collective ambitions in achieving better heavy vehicle safety outcomes and reducing the number of crashes, fatalities and serious injuries involving heavy vehicles,” Mr Petroccitto said.
Over the coming months, the NHVR will be releasing a suite of regulatory advice to help industry the supply chain better understand Chain of Responsibility laws.
The first piece of advice is available now and relates to managing the risks of transporting shipping container freight.
“As a risk-based regulator, we’re focused on identifying the greatest safety risks to all parties in the Chain of Responsibility, and helping eliminate or control these risks,” NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said.
“Our Regulatory Advice Program is about clearly communicating information to everyone who needs to know, making the heavy vehicle industry and our roads safer.”
Additional regulatory advice will be released over the coming months and industry is encouraged to provide feedback via the NHVR’s website.
Long vehicle warning sign changes
The NHVR is reminding operators of long vehicles or road trains to ensure that they are fitted with the correct signage when travelling.
The requirements were simplified in 2019 and transitional arrangements for these changes will end on 9 December 2021.
Combinations 22-30 metres require a Long Vehicle sign fitted to the back of the vehicle, while combinations 30+ metres long require Road Train signs fitted to the front and back of the vehicle.
Operators should also be aware of the conditions of their vehicle’s access approval and continue to observe the road rules and speed limits as set out in each jurisdiction.
> For more information about the sign changes, click here.
Heavy vehicle safety this grain harvest season
With this season’s grain harvest in full swing in many parts of Australia, the NHVR is urging primary producers and contractors to make heavy vehicle safety a priority.
Following questions from operators, the NHVR recently released advice that has assessed that a comb mounted on a frame (trailer) designed and built for that dedicated purpose is an agricultural vehicle.
This makes it eligible to operate as part of an agricultural combination under the National Agricultural Vehicle Notice (i.e. subject to meeting all other applicable notice conditions).
Combs carried on a flatbed or low loader or other types of trailers designed for general transportation work are not considered ‘agricultural vehicles’ under the HVNL and cannot operate under the National Agricultural Vehicle Notice.
> Click here for the National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice Operator’s Guide.
> Click here for more information on heavy vehicle safety this grain harvest season.
If it’s flooded, forget it
With recent weather bringing widespread rain and flooding to parts of the country, heavy vehicle operators are reminded to be aware of their travel routes and to check the conditions before planning their trip.
The NHVR has further information online, including road closure updates and applications for emergency accreditation. To view updates, click here.
As state and territory border restrictions ease, it’s important that the heavy vehicle industry continues to work together to ensure the safety of our industry, particularly heading into a busy time of the year.
The NHVR has a dedicated COVID-19 page on its website, outlining the latest directives, border and vaccination requirements and other information.