Since our last edition, we have received an update on the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) review. I would like to acknowledge the Infrastructure and Transport Ministers’ decision to request further consultation with industry to ensure we reach the best possible policy position, and genuine reform of the law.
It continues to be a challenging time for industry, with changing conditions and requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To provide a single source for the latest, up-to-date COVID-19 information, the NHVR has provided a simple close contact worker requirements table on our COVID-19 page.
We are also pleased to announce our sixth electronic work diary (EWD) is now available on Android and iOS devices using the Hubfleet app. The latest EWD is an example of how we’re working with industry to provide safety and compliance solutions that meets your needs.
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The NHVR has updated its website with guidance on close contact worker requirements that covers each state or territory, so drivers understand their obligations if they have been identified as a close contact.
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said it is important that drivers and operators have a one-stop shop for information.
“Heavy vehicles operate across all Australian borders thousands of times a day and it’s vital that they are able to find clear information to assist in them,” Sal said.
“The NHVR will continue to provide updates on changing conditions and requirements across all jurisdictions, such as truck access-friendly COVID-19 testing facilities, roadhouses and service centres.”
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Don’t #uck With A Truck safety initiative will host a pop-up stall at The University of Queensland (UQ) O-Week Market Day this week.
Students have a free virtual reality (VR) immersion experience, to see the challenges truck drivers face when cars drive up the inside lane of a turning truck, pull in front of a truck or don’t practice patience when overtaking a truck.
Don’t #uck With A Truck branded merchandise including t-shirts, bucket hats, tote bags, L and P plates and stickers will be available to students who complete the VR experience.
Heavy vehicle operators now have the choice of six providers for their Electronic Work Diaries (EWDs), with the NHVR approving the Hubfleet app last week.
“The more EWD options we approve, the more take-up we’re seeing by operators wanting to better manage their fatigue risk and keep their drivers safe,” NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said.
“The Hubfleet app offers a national solution, as it covers Standard, Basic Fatigue Management and custom Advanced Fatigue Management rule sets, as well as Western Australia’s accreditation scheme rules.
“It’s available on Android and iOS (Apple), so can be implemented on a BYO device basis, or it can be installed on existing company devices fixed to the truck.”
When first starting to use an EWD, drivers must continue to carry their written work diary for a transition period to comply with the requirement to carry 28 days of records.
It’s also important that drivers check the NHVR website to ensure they’re using an EWD approved by the NHVR.
> For more information on approved EWDs, click here
New EWD standards reminder
A reminder that on 1 February 2022, new EWD standards came into effect. The NHVR now requires an EWD device or application to display the device make, model and operating system so that officers can quickly confirm it’s part of an approved EWD.
Please make sure you’ve got the most up-to-date software operating on your EWD.
Orange City and Cabonne Shire Council are asking heavy vehicle operators to get behind their new fatigue message: Tired? Power Nap Now.
Andrea Hamilton-Vaughan, Orange City and Cabonne Shire Council’s Road Safety Officer said the Tired…? Power Nap Now campaign message will travel across Australia this month.
“A power nap is a short sleep intended to quickly revitalise a person, to reduce stress and anxiety and improve concentration and situation awareness,” Andrea said.
“We will be encouraging the heavy vehicle industry to support this campaign through Tired? Power Nap Now branded takeaway cups available at roadhouses and vinyl stickers that can be positioned on the back of heavy vehicles by our skilled contractors at no cost, and at a time convenient for operators.”
Tired? Power Nap Now is funded by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.
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