With National Road Safety Week kicking off this Sunday, we are reminding all road users of their responsibility to ensure everyone goes to work and arrives home safely.
During the Week, our staff will be out on the road chatting to drivers and industry, to help answer any safety and heavy vehicle related questions. I also encourage you to join me in participating in a R U OK? In Trucks and Sheds workplace event on 17 May, the link provided here gives you access to a wide of range of tools and resources for your event.
It is timely that during National Road Safety Week, the NHVR will be joining industry and the states in a Heavy Vehicle National Law Review workshop to help pursue improved law reforms, including importantly delivering safer and more flexible fatigue outcomes. This will be the second workshop facilitated by the independent adviser to the Review, with a report outlining the outcomes due to ministers in the next few months.
I am proud to announce the release of the latest season of OzHelp Health in Gear’s Share The Load podcast, which details drivers’ stories on how they look after their mind and body.
Be sure to be following our Facebook page during the week where we will be encouraging everyone to pledge to drive so others survive.
Heavy vehicle safety focus for National Road Safety Week
The NHVR is urging all road users to take care around heavy vehicles, ahead of the 2022 National Road Safety Week.
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said National Road Safety Week was also a timely reminder for truck drivers to make sure they were operating safety.
“To support National Road Safety Week, our staff will be out and about across the country, so no matter which major freight route you’re travelling on, drop in for a chat,” Sal said.
Roadside info sessions for National Road Safety Week
To support National Road Safety Week, the NHVR’s Stakeholder Engagement team will host truck driver information sessions on Thursday 19 May across major freight routes in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and SA.
In response to customer feedback, the NHVR is committed to meeting more truck drivers in person, on the road. For these events, drivers are encouraged to drop in for a chat, discuss any issues they face and find out how the NHVR can help.
The National Road Safety Partnership Program will release monthly evidence-based Toolbox Talks (TBT) designed specifically for the heavy vehicle sector.
The first TBT is on Driver Distraction, with a digital resources pack to assist managers to lead a discussion on the dangers of mobile phone use when while driving, to a group of employees within the organisation.
Future topics include fatigue, habits and complacency, pre-start checks, loading/unloading heavy vehicles, driver empowerment, and managing anger behind the wheel.
The TBT project is funded by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.
Regulatory Advice explores the safety risks of time slot bookings
The latest in a series of regulatory advice from the NHVR addresses the risks of tight delivery schedules and pick-up times in the heavy vehicle industry.
The demand on drivers and other workers to meet stringent time slot requirements may result in pressures to make up time, which can result in driving while fatigued, breaking speed limits, or the rushed loading or unloading of vehicles. These behaviours can result in serious health and safety hazards.
This guidance from the national regulator clearly defines who has a duty to manage these safety risks in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) and offers advice on control measures and strategies to mitigate those risks.