In exciting news, the transition of heavy vehicle safety and regulatory services from Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to the NHVR will occur from 1 August.
This is a significant milestone as NSW is one of the largest jurisdictions. I look forward to welcoming the 340 staff who will join us from TfNSW as we continue to build a single, consistent regulator for industry.
Some of the services that will be delivered by the NHVR in NSW include roadside enforcement, investigations, prosecutions, and scheduled heavy vehicle inspections currently provided by Transport for NSW.
We’ve been working closely with the NSW Government over the past 18 months to ensure the NHVR will be able to maintain or improve both the standard of transitioning services and also heavy vehicle safety standards in NSW and support the work we are doing across other states.
Road safety continues to be a top priority, and one life lost on our roads is one too many. I was delighted to see so many people get involved National Road Safety Week earlier this month. I’d urge you not to keep the road safety momentum and encourage you to get involved with Fatality Free Friday this week.
Be the change you want to see on the road and do your part to keep everyone safe.
National body to regulate heavy vehicles in NSW from 1 August
Heavy vehicle safety services across NSW will have a new home from 1 August with the transition of key regulatory functions from Transport for NSW to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).
From 1 August roadside enforcement, investigations, prosecutions, and scheduled heavy vehicle inspections currently provided by Transport for NSW, will be some of the services transferring to the NHVR, along with 340 Transport for NSW staff who currently support the industry.
“This transition is another step in reducing the impact of state borders on the movement of freight across Australia,” Sal said.
“In particular we’ll be working with our staff to ensure a more consistent approach to compliance and enforcement regardless of where you’re intercepted.”
Tasmanian farmers invited to give feedback on Industry Code of Practice
The NHVR is seeking public feedback on the draft Tasmanian Agricultural and Horticultural Industry Code of Practice.
Recognising that farming is more than just an occupation but a way of life with its own unique challenges and pressures, this Code highlights the specific hazards and risks around heavy vehicle use within Tasmania’s farming industry – including fatigue, overloading and loss of load – and suggests ways to eliminate or minimise those risks.
The Code was sponsored by the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association with funding from the Tasmanian Government and assistance from the NHVR.
If you’re an agricultural or horticultural business or operator, we encourage you to have your say. Your feedback ensures the CoP is relevant and useful to your industry.
Feedback should be provided to the NHVR by no later than Friday, 10 June 2022.
Regulatory Advice highlights the safety risks of undertrained workers
In their latest regulatory advice for those with a legal duty in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR), the NHVR addresses the risks associated with workers who are insufficiently trained to do their job.
If you are a party in the CoR – and if you are not sure, check out this list of 10 functions which make you a CoR party – you must ensure drivers and other workers who interact with heavy vehicles are appropriately skilled.
Undertrained workers pose a serious safety risk to themselves, their co-workers and the general public. Incidents that occur due to inadequate training can also result in significant reputational damage to your business.
Taking steps to manage these risks is not only critical to ensuring the safety of your heavy vehicle transport activities, it’s also a requirement under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.
Joining and maintaining the NHVAS – audit requirements
Heavy vehicle operators can apply for the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) to be recognised for their robust safety systems and receive safety and productivity benefits.
Operators require a valid audit to certify that there is a safety management system in place, and they meet the required NHVAS standards.
A Compliance Audit Application (CAA) must be submitted to the NHVR at least 28 days prior to an audit being conducted.
The CAA must include the following:
Booked audit date
Address where the audit will be undertaken
Details of the NHVAS Approved Auditor (please ensure you have contracted the nominated auditor prior to completing the application)
An application to maintain accreditation can be submitted up to six months prior, but no later than one month before the accreditation expires. The Heavy Vehicle National Law does not permit an expired accreditation to be given an extension.
NHVAS applications are submitted through the NHVR Portal. For questions or help, call us on 13 NHVR or email us email@example.com with ‘Attn NHVAS’ in the email subject line.
Roadside for road safety
It was great to have drivers stop in for a chat with our Stakeholder Engagement team across Victoria, NSW, Queensland and SA last week as part of National Road Safety Week.
The team were roadside to hear from drivers about issues they face and how the NHVR can help.
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