Issue 126 | 20 October 2021This month, the NHVR joins thousands of businesses and communities in acknowledging National Work Safe Month and National Mental Health Month. Both themes are extremely important and ongoing priorities for industry and the NHVR.The focus for National Work Safe Month is about thinking safe, working safe and being safe; while National Mental Health Month is focused on the post pandemic recovery challenges and resilience.As Australia gathers increased momentum and state borders start to re-open, everyone’s safety and mental wellbeing is critical. For the heavy vehicle industry, we’ll see more vehicles on roads, and for many, the pace and necessity for goods to be delivered will increase, with the holiday season fast approaching.With this in mind, it’s a timely reminder to ensure safety is at the forefront of everything we do – and that includes ensuring drivers are getting the rest when needed, driving to the conditions, undertaking daily safety checks of vehicles, and importantly, ensuring that drivers are fit for duty. We’re continuing to approach safety through tailored approaches including raising awareness, education and taking enforcement action where required. An example of this approach is the work our prosecutions team is doing relating to enforceable undertakings, with our Director of Prosecutions discussing the approach as part of this edition of On The Road.We’re also continuing to pursue improved flexible fatigue safety outcomes through the Heavy Vehicle National Law review. We are focused on the law better recognising individual driver needs and helping them manage work and rest within current outer limits, as well as ensuring the law recognises safety technologies.The law also needs to enable the regulator to work with operators to establish work and rest hours and safety measures tailored specifically to the operator, and their drivers’ individual circumstances. Ultimately, operators and drivers know their business and how to maximise public safety better than anybody else.I encourage industry to continue to put forward your views to policymakers on how we can enhance fatigue management and all parts of the Heavy Vehicle National Law, as together, we deliver greater levels of safety, security and positive mental wellbeing this month – and ongoing.Sal, CEOHealthy Heads receives crucial funding this Mental Health MonthHealthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHTS) will receive funding through the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) to deliver targeted mental wellbeing resources, tools and programs for truck drivers, and distribution and warehouse staff.The funding allows HHTS to continue embedding the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Roadmap across the sector and deliver new initiatives on a national scale.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the NHVR was extremely proud to support HHTS in their commitment to improving the mental health and wellbeing of the heavy vehicle industry and supply chain.“Prioritising the mental health and wellbeing of our industry and supply chain is crucial to keeping everyone safe, and the sector moving,” Sal said.> For more information, head to www.healthyheads.org.auSenSen contract next step in new monitoring technologyThe NHVR has welcomed a partnership with SenSen to deliver rapid deployable AI solutions using vehicle mounted cameras, a drone, and solar powered trailers.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the contract was the next step in delivering new and innovative ways to make Australian roads safer for everyone.“Having the best, most up-to-date information, including information gathered through cameras, helps us to make better decisions about law reform, safety and productivity programs,” Sal said.> For more information on the contract, click hereApproved temporary variation to escorting arrangements in QueenslandThe NHVR, in consultation with the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and Queensland Police Service (QPS), has allowed a temporary variation to escorting arrangements by QPS.Operators of Class 1 Oversize and Over Mass (OSOM) loads may use the temporary variation during the disaster declaration period relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, or until advised otherwise. The variation is applicable to Class 1 OSOM movements not exceeding 5.5 metres in width and 35 metres in length.The temporary variation is not valid for:wide loads travelling in convoy;all wide load movements involving contra-traffic flows, reverse direction of travel, traffic control and other manoeuvres contrary to the Queensland road rules.Please note that operators must carry a letter of temporary variation, along with any access permit, in the case of an authorised officer’s request. A copy of the letter of temporary variation can be downloaded here.> For further information, please visit the NHVR’s COVID-19 response pageOperator’s guide format – opportunity to commentA 92% satisfaction rating from operators and road managers for the NHVR’s first online National Road Train Prime Mover Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2021 Operator's Guide – which replaced several PDF guides and fact sheets with one mobile-responsive webpage – means we’ll now be publishing all future operator’s guides in this format.Feedback received about this, and the National Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle (up to 40t total mass) Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2021 Operator's Guide, has confirmed it’s much easier to find information in these online operator’s guides, which can still be printed as a complete document if operators want to carry a paper copy in their trucks.We’ll also be gradually replacing our existing PDF operator’s guides with online guides, starting with the National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice Operator’s Guide. To ensure this meets user requirements and to seek suggestions for improvement, we’ll be holding a webinar on the draft design on Thursday 4 November. There will be two session times: 9.30 – 10.30am and 1.30 –2.30pm.To register your attendance at one of these sessions, please contact Policy Officer Jodie Batten at firstname.lastname@example.orgEnforceable Undertakings – a prosecution alternativeNHVR Director of Prosecutions Belinda Hughes recently shared her thoughts on how enforceable undertakings (EUs) can encourage and monitor safer behaviours in an individual or company and improve safety for all road users.> Read Belinda's article hereMoney put into safety education, not fines for two trucking companiesThe NHVR recently accepted two enforceable undertakings (EU) from J.J. Richards & Sons Pty Ltd (JJR) and Brother Nature Pty Ltd (Brother) valued over $50,000 to correct activities around vehicle mass and loading requirements.NHVR Director of Prosecutions Belinda Hughes said EUs offer an alternative to a court fine.“Instead of proceeding with the court matter which may only result in a fine, we have given the companies an opportunity to spend money on their own safety systems and procedures that will protect them and the broader community in the future.”> Click here to read the full articleCOVID-19 UpdateThe heavy vehicle industry continues to keep Australia connected through the COVID-19 pandemic, with the NHVR, industry and governments working in partnership to ensure the safety of all Australians and plot a path to increased freedoms.The NHVR has a dedicated COVID-19 page on its website which details the latest directives, border and vaccination requirements and other information.Industry is encouraged to regularly check the website – www.nhvr.gov.au/coronovirus – and please continue to stay safe and take care.Have you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? 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Welcome! We hope the latest edition of our industry newsletter finds you healthy and safe. Although Spring is in the air, theres still been alot of rain and some cold weather, but we're looking forward to the warmer days ahead. In this edition, you will find information about:Changes to the WAHVA certification processOur #BiggerThanYou Safety Campaign 2.0The Customer Personas review we're doingOur participation in regional eventsQuarterly statistics from our operationsOur final industry workshop and information session for 2021 will be held this month in the Metropolitan Region. Registrations quickly filled up for this session and we are now looking to develop the 2022 series. If you’re wanting to participate in next year’s round of regional workshops, let us know here. We’d like to thank those of you who provided feedback via My Say Transport on the various consultation pieces over the last couple of months. You have assisted in informing work that ranged from changes to operating conditions, through to planned amendments to WAHVA module standards, audit report and business rules. HVS Statistics On an ad-hoc basis we receive requests to provide statistics relating to our business activities. We’ve put together the table below which provides readers with a comparison to the April - June figures. Review on Customer Personas We’re reviewing our Customer Personas, that were established in 2017, and may need your help in the upcoming months to make sure we're on the right track. The personas represent the different customer segments or types that Main Roads communicates with. Understanding our customer segments has been critical in the delivery of a number of digital experience initiatives over the past four years including the website. As part of this overall process HVS will seek your feedback through various channels including our workshop and information sessions and an online survey. Please have your say if you get the chance. Your feedback will help us deliver services, initiatives and communications that meet your needs now, and into the future.HVS Workshops and Information Sessions Since the last edition, we’ve held HVS Workshops and Information sessions in Port Hedland and Broome and have the last one for the year, in Perth. Thanks again to those of you that have taken the time to come along and participate. As a result of feedback from these workshops, we have implemented a number of improvements, with more to come. These included clarifying pilot roles and responsibilities, rewording conditions to remove ambiguity, amending Traffic Guidance Schemes, improving webpage layouts, increasing dimension limits under certain products, and reviewing access restrictions. We’re also currently assessing an eight-tyre per axle low loader period permit and developing new Orders to replace the basic Period Permits. Independent session facilitator, Joey Armenti, said ‘There has been some really strong participation and really good ideas coming forward and the feedback from people attending has been very positive.’ We are currently looking at developing next year’s series of workshops. You can register your interest for the next series of HVS workshops and information sessions via this form, email or call the Heavy Vehicle Helpdesk on 138 486. Changes to Operating Conditions Driven by feedback received during our Industry Workshop and Information Sessions held across the state, the following operating conditions have been updated:Single Trip OSOM Vehicle Standard Operating Conditions Class 1 RAV Oversize Period Permit Operating Conditions Special Purpose Vehicle Standard Operating ConditionsThank you to those who took the time and opportunity to offer feedback about the proposed changes, via the My Say Transport website. The comments received have been considered and where appropriate, incorporated into these changes.Administration of WAHVA Certification Process We administer the Western Australian Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (WAHVA). To maintain the integrity of the WAHVA scheme, external independent auditors conduct audits on accredited operators systems. These auditors were certified by an external agency, Exemplar Global, for a number of years. In September 2021, Main Roads took on the training and certification of WAHVA Auditors. Those who wish to retain their WAHVA Auditor Certification, will have until 31 March 2022 to transition to the MRWA certification and training. Further information is available on our website. #BiggerThanYou Safety Campaign After the success of our award-winning #BiggerThanYou campaign, we recently hit the market again, this time focussing on what road users should do when approaching large, slow moving agricultural machinery. Feedback from industry and local farmers is, quite simply, that there are too many near misses due to driver inattention, driver frustration or road users not driving to the conditions.With harvest season commencing, and bumper crops due to the record wet winter, the new, agriculturally focussed campaign, provides a timely reminder to slow down, be patient and stay safe. Launched in January 2021, the #BiggerThanYou education campaign has helped increase awareness of Restricted Access Vehicles (RAVs), including Over Size Over Mass (OSOM) loads, travelling on the road network. The first run of the campaign highlighted how to safely interact with RAVs that are much wider, longer and slower than your average vehicle, while also explaining the roles of Traffic Escort Wardens and Heavy Vehicle Pilots. Led by television and radio advertisements which aired on metropolitan, regional and catch-up television, and supported by an extensive social media campaign, #BiggerThanYou was well received by the public, and industry, and was awarded this year's WA Rural Media Award for Best Communications Campaign. Post-campaign research indicated that the campaign conveyed clear, key messages and that the communications were engaging, memorable and well liked. More importantly, more than half the post-campaign survey participants said that they took action - by changing their driver behaviour and speaking to family and friends about how to safely pass a road train or OSOM vehicle - as a result of the campaign. Round two of the campaign is on our television screens and radio stations now, with billboards also in place on some key driving routes out of Perth. To download the campaign materials or find out more, go to our website. HMMS Donations top $248K for charity An initiative we began in 2012, and developed together with CBH Group, the Harvest Mass Management Scheme (HMMS) seeks to reduce the frequency of overloaded grain trucks during harvest. Under the HMMS, growers can forfeit grain from their overloaded trucks which is then sold and the funds provided to Western Australian charities nominated by growers and CBH employees. During the 2020-21 season, $263,230 was raised from the grain sales which has been donated to 17 charities. The scheme provided charities and community organisations with valuable funding, with more than $1.8 million distributed since the scheme started. Show Time in the Regions We attended the Dowerin Field Days alongside some of our Main Roads colleagues and the Department of Transport Marine Safety. The event drew large crowds this year, with the Main Roads stand attracting a record number of visitors. Our Transport Inspectors fielded questions from visiting truck drivers and farmers and assisted them with issues. The main discussion topic was the impact on the road network of the winter rains throughout the regions. The overwhelming sentiment was people would rather have the rain, bumper crops and damage to the road, than no rain and no crops. Our Environment branch took the opportunity to raise awareness of the Wheatbelt Revegetation Bank Program, and promote opportunities for landowners to sell their unused property near the road network for potential inclusion into the Revegetation Bank. There was also interest in future projects in the Wheatbelt, including the Bindoon Bypass and Eastlink. We also had representatives at this year’s Kununurra Agriculture Show, Newdegate Machinery Field Days and the Perth Boat Show as part of the Maritime and Roads Information Hub. HVS Updates Released HVS Update 18-2021 Kimberley Region - Great Northern Highway, Ord River - Notice of Permanent Closure of Parking Bay HVS Update 17A-2021 Registrations Closed – Heavy Vehicle Services Industry Workshop & Information Session - Metropolitan Region HVS Update 16-2021 Notice of Removal from the RAV Networks - Ellen Brook Road within the Shire Of Augusta-Margaret River HVS Update 15-2021 Bridge #1228 Ravenswood Bridge on Pinjarra Road HVS Update 14-2021 Clarification on certain conditions within the Oversize Operating Conditions HVS Update 13-2021 Great Eastern Highway – Ongoing Permit Access for A-Double 36.5 Metre Combinations on Greenmount Hill HVS Update 12-2021 Changes to Operating Conditions
Issue 125 | 7 October 2021Australia’s road freight task is growing almost twice as fast as its population, with 40% growth predicted between 2020 and 2030. The NHVR has estimated that to meet this demand, Australia will need an additional 50,000 qualified and experienced drivers - and this doesn’t include those professional drivers that we will see retire during this time.We only have to turn on the TV to understand the dire consequences of truck driver shortages. I’m also hearing plenty of feedback from industry that we have increasing challenges with driver shortages here.The essential nature of our heavy vehicle industry has been clearly highlighted and reinforced in the last 20 months through COVID, as our communities better understand the vital role truck drivers play in keeping townships connected. Both governments and industry need to take these warnings seriously, particularly in a safety sense, and act now to ensure our systems such as licensing, are realistic and providing for the future.Yesterday, I appeared before the Joint Select Committee on Road Safety which is chaired by former Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Darren Chester and includes other key representatives including Senator Tony Sheldon.It was extremely pleasing that the Committee was particularly engaged on the issue of needing to reform our driver licensing system to focus on a competency rather than a time served approach, as well as ensuring the heavy vehicle task and the licensing system provides a clear and professional career path starting from school leaver age.The discussion was in line with the Australian Government’s recent announcement – which the NHVR welcomes – to invest in the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy, encouraging employers to take on new drivers as an example.With the review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law currently underway, it provides an important opportunity to look at how we lift safety standards and prepare for the future across all critical heavy vehicle systems and processes.The NHVR will continue to work with industry and policy makers to ensure we provide the right tools and support to the heavy vehicle industry to set them up to succeed.Sal, CEOPrimary Producer concessions information added to Rego Checker AppUsers of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Registration Checker app can now check for primary producer concessions across all eastern states and South Australia.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the free service would allow loaders, packers, and other supply chain parties to ensure vehicles were operating under the correct registration.“We’ve responded to feedback from industry groups and businesses that regularly raise concerns about some operators using primary producer discounts to operate on a commercial basis,” Mr Petroccitto said.“Including concession information will help industry and governments address and hopefully begin to reduce concession misuse across the industry in a more collective way.”> For more details, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/registrationNational Primary Production Work Diary Exemption NoticeThe NHVR has updated the National Primary Production Work Diary Exemption Notice to support the productivity of primary producers during the busy harvest season.Drivers of fatigue-regulated heavy vehicles that carry primary produce between a production facility and a point of sale can now drive 160km (rather than 100km) from their base before they are required to use the National Driver Work Diary.The updated notice is now in effect and ensures the continuation of increased productivity and efficiency for primary producer operators, without compromising safety.> To view the fact sheet and notice, click hereNHVR supports mechanical inspections ahead of grain harvestSouth Australian NHVR Safety and Compliance Officers (SCOs) recently partnered with the South Australian Agricultural Bureau to offer free, pre-harvest inspections of farm load carrying vehicles.Over three days, more than 120 heavy vehicles were inspected by the teams at Gladstone, Nurom and Redhill.NHVR SCOs provided advice, answered questions from drivers and operators, and delivered presentations on the use of Vehicle Inspection Trailers, which were used as part of the inspections.“This was an invaluable engagement opportunity with drivers and operators ahead a busy farm harvest season,” NHVR Director of Southern Region Operations Division, Paul Simionato said.“The safety of drivers and vehicles ensures a productive and efficient industry and I thank everyone involved for supporting this important exercise.”Harvest contractors focus of heavy vehicle safetyThe NHVR Stakeholder Engagement team recently worked with a harvesting contactor from Echuca in Victoria who had migrated north for the NSW grain harvest season.Like many contracts, he will be working his way home as the harvest season progresses moves south.“We assisted the contractor to identify what routes were covered by notices and how to apply for the permits he needed to access additional routes and new customers’ farms,” said Stakeholder Engagement Specialist Tim Hansen.> Click here for more information on heavy vehicle safety and access this grain harvest seasonNational Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual version 3.0 releasedThe NHVR has released an updated version of the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (NHVIM) following a five-yearly review and extensive industry consultation.The NHVIM version 3.0 includes some new inspection criteria for the recently implemented vehicle standards, as well as some minor amendments to existing criteria to ensure it remains relevant to both new and existing heavy vehicles.The manual provides authorised officers, vehicle examiners and operators a consistent set of criteria when conducting heavy vehicle inspections, ensuring a national approach to the management of vehicle safety.The NHVIM v3.0 will come into effect on 18 October 2021. Any inspections conducted up until 18 October 2021 should continue to be performed using the NHVIM v2.4.> The NHVIM v3.0, and a summary of the updates, can be found hereDaylight savings – work diariesWith daylight savings now in place across many states and territories, the NHVR is reminding drivers travelling outside their normal time zone to ensure they count and record time, including night rests, according to the time zone of their base.As an example, if a driver is based in Queensland and drives into New South Wales during daylight savings time, they are required to record their work and rest hours in Queensland time.As work diaries record dates and locations, an Authorised Officer will be able to identify the daylight savings time change.> Click here for more information on counting timeFinding the flexibility to meet fatigue requirementsNHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto recently wrote about the NHVR’s Advanced Fatigue Management scheme and the opportunity for operators to take advantage of systems that provide more flexibility in meeting fatigue requirements and improving safety. > To read the column, click hereNew high productivity routes for VictoriaThe Victorian Government has approved another 700km of high productivity routes, further streamlining the process for a range of Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles in northern and central Victoria.New routes include the Maroondah/Melba Highway, Princes Hwy from Bruthen to the NSW border, and the Ringwood and Yarra Glen Bypasses. These routes are already in use, but until now have been subject to individual route assessments on a permit-by-permit basis. > Click here to read more about the high productivity routesCOVID-19 UpdateThe heavy vehicle industry continues to keep Australia connected though the COVID-19 pandemic, with the NHVR, industry and governments working in partnership to ensure the safety of all Australians and plot a path to increased freedoms.The NHVR has a dedicated COVID-19 page on its website which details the latest directives, border and vaccination requirements and other information. Industry is encouraged to regularly check the website - www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirus - and please continue to stay safe and take care.Consider a career with the NHVRWe value staff with a genuine belief in the work they do and the benefit it will bring.www.nhvr.gov.au/careersConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? 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Issue 124 | 22 June 2021Our Prosecutions team, in partnership with Victoria Police, filed charges against an operator, its executive and employees following a tragic incident last year where a heavy vehicle hit and killed four police officers in Victoria.These Chain of Responsibility charges are significant and serve as a reminder of the importance of ensuring safe transport activities, no matter what your role in your organisation.Everyone in the industry has a responsibility to maintain the highest levels of safety on and off the road and the NHVR will continue to ensure that any safety breaches are fully investigated under the Heavy Vehicle Nation Law.Our thoughts remain with the family, friends and colleagues of those officers who lost their lives in this tragedy.Having a Safety Management System (SMS) in place is one way to mitigate the risk of safety and compliance breaches occurring in your organisation. I encourage owners and individuals to take advantage of our 9 Step SMS Roadmap and see how it can provide advantages for you and your safety.Finally, it’s important we all continue to play our part in following the health directives and advice in relation to COVID-19. One piece of critical information relates to vaccines and an increasing request by Chief Health Officers to be vaccinated prior to travelling to other states and territories. I’m fully vaccinated and it’s encouraging to see and hear of so many NHVR staff and people across the industry that are also vaccinated.As always, please remember to keep an eye on the latest COVID-19 information and importantly, updates on vaccine requirements to cross borders at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusSal, CEOTaskforce Paragon: NHVR to prosecute Chain of Responsibility chargesCharges have been filed at Paramatta Local Court following a comprehensive 18-month investigation by Victoria Police detectives.Taskforce Paragon was established to investigate an incident on the Eastern Freeway in Melbourne in which a heavy vehicle hit and killed four Victoria Police officers while they were conducting a roadside intercept on 22 April 2020.NHVR Director of Prosecutions Belinda Hughes said the charges have been laid after multiple and critical breaches of the HVNL were identified.“These charges stem from an extensive interstate investigation by Victoria Police into the actions of the transport operator, its executive and its employees,” Ms Hughes said.“This tragedy is a sobering reminder of the consequences that can occur when there is a failure to ensure safe transport activities.”> For more information on these charges, click hereCompany nominates an enforceable undertaking over driver fineThe NHVR has accepted an enforceable undertaking (EU) made by Eifers Pty Ltd (Eifers) to the value of $44,000 in preference to obtaining a court ordered penalty against one of the company’s drivers. NHVR Director of Prosecutions Belinda Hughes said this EU was an example of an operator taking an active role in setting the standard for the safety and wellbeing of their staff.“Here we see an operator volunteer to improve its safety systems and demonstrate the importance of shared responsibility in ensuring safe operations on and off the road,” she said.“The measures committed by Eifers in this enforceable undertaking include industry-specific training on safety and risk management for all staff, in order to achieve fast and measurable improvements for its business operations.”> Click here to read the full articleFunding boost for heavy vehicle safety projectsThe NHVR has released details of the recipient of almost $5.5 million in 28 road safety projects through the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI).Round 6 of the HVSI includes backing for new education, research, training and technology initiatives that aim to deliver improved safety outcomes for the heavy vehicle industry and wider community.> To read more, including the full list of successful projects, click hereVirtual primary producer safety days for NSW farmersVirtual field days are becoming the new normal for NSW farmers with 75 people attending a series of safety sessions hosted by Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Councils.The Road Ready for Harvest Virtual Field Day was also supported by Transport for NSW, NSW Farmers, the NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW Police and the NHVR to assist farmers to prepare their heavy vehicle safety systems ahead of the 2021 harvest.> Click here for more information on the safety daysVehicle Standards Bulletin 6 ConsultationThe NHVR has recently drafted a new Modification Code for the Vehicle Standards Bulletin (VSB) 6: National Code of Practice for Heavy Vehicle Modifications.All interested operators and supply chain parties are invited to comment on the proposed Modification Code J4 – Tipper Bodies.A public consultation draft of the proposed Code is available for review on the NHVR’s website, with consultation closing on 19 October 2021.> For more information about the VSB6 review, or to provide your feedback, click hereVictoria Class Mobile Crane Mass and Dimension Exemption NoticeThe Victoria Class 1 4-axle & 5-axle All Terrain Mobile Crane Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice has recently been updated to reduce operators’ administrative workload and increase flexibility in choice of approved intelligent transport system. The NHVR has worked with VicRoads to remove the requirement for contacting the Victorian Transport Compliance Unit when crossing rail tracks, and operators can now have either Intelligent Access Program (IAP) or Telematics Monitoring Application (TMA) as their preferred telematics monitoring system. The Notice also removes a redundant vehicle standards exemption and requirement; otherwise, there are no changes to the exemptions, networks or conditions. > Click here to read the Victoria Class 1 4-Axle & 5-Axle All Terrain Mobile Crane Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2021 (No.2)> Click here to view the supporting information sheetTake care during COVID-19As the pandemic continues, the NHVR is reminding industry to keep up-to-date with the latest directives, border and vaccination requirements for freight workers travelling across the country. > For the latest updates, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirus
Issue 123 | 7 September 2021The NHVR has released the latest version of its engine remapping campaign, focussed on the illegal practice of tampering with a heavy vehicle speed limiter to increase the engine above the legal speed limit.We’ve received a lot of feedback and support of this campaign and the important messages behind it, and it’s great to know that together, we are delivering a safe, efficient and productive future. I encourage you to view the campaign at www.nhvr.gov.au/engineremappingIn other industry news, I’m delighted to welcome Michael Deegan as the ATA’s new Chief Executive look forward to working with him and the entire team at the ATA as we work to deliver a future facing Heavy Vehicle National Law.I wish you all a safe week ahead and please remember to regularly check our COVID-19 webpage forthe latest COVID-19 news as it pertains to industry at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusSal, CEONHVR’s Plan for ProductivityThe NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan 2020-25 (HVPP) is an important blueprint for a safe, efficient, and productive heavy vehicle industry. It sets out actions over a five-year period based on priorities requested by industry.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the HVPP outlines how the NHVR will work with industry and government to identify and deliver on non-infrastructure productivity solutions.“Close to one year since releasing the HVPP, the NHVR has completed or significantly progressed 30 of our outlined goals,” Sal said.> Click here to read Sal's recent column on the Plan> Read the key highlights and progress on the Plan hereNHVR promotes speed limiter tampering campaignThe NHVR has released a targeted education campaign focused on the safety risks caused by illegal speed limiter tampering.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the latest campaign aimed to prevent speeding before the foot touched the accelerator pedal.“Tampering with a heavy vehicle’s speed limiter to increase speed capacity not only poses safety risks to the driver and other road users, but it is illegal,” Sal said.> Read the full release and view the campaign hereNHVR welcomes new ATA chief executiveNHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto has welcomed the appointment of new Australian Trucking Association CEO Michael Deegan.“Michael has decades of experience across infrastructure and transport in Australia and has delivered many positive and practical outcomes for industry," Sal said.“He joins the ATA at a pivotal time, as we work towards delivering a forward-looking heavy vehicle law to support improved safety and enhanced productivity.”> The full statement can be found hereTell a caravaner We Need SpaceThe NHVR met with caravaners travelling in south-west Queensland last week to highlight the keys to operating safely around heavy vehicles on regional roads this Spring.NHVR Stakeholder Engagement officer Dan Casey said most caravaners were keen to understand their role in sharing regional roads safely with heavy vehicles.“Simple things like understanding how long it takes to overtake a heavy vehicle, understanding braking distances and blind spots and the importance of leaving space at shared rest areas,” Dan said.If you know someone who is travelling with a caravan, take the time to ensure they understand We Need Space to Keep You Safe. Click here for more information.The trip to Condamine was one of many engagements activities conducted by the NHVR stakeholder team deliver across the country and online every year to discuss a range of heavy vehicle topics from route planning and access permits to safety systems and Chain of Responsibility requirements.> For more information get in touch via email email@example.com or call 136 487Enforceable undertaking accepted following severe mass limit breachThe NHVR has accepted an enforceable undertaking from Zezt Pty Ltd that will see the company spend $23,430 towards Chain of Responsibility and mass requirements training.An investigation by NHVR’s Safety and Compliance Officers found that on 1 July 2020 Zezt failed to comply with the mass requirements as required by s 96(1)(c) of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.> Read more about the EU hereNHVR promotes Safety Bulletin for articulated cranesThe NHVR's Chief Engineer Les Brusza has developed a Safety Bulletin about the safe operation of articulated cranes, also known as pick and carry cranes.The Safety Bulletin highlights the unique handling and operational characteristics of articulated cranes and provides some additional measures that should be followed when operating these vehicles on the road network.> To view the Safety Bulletin from the NHVR, click here
Issue 122 | 24 August 2021As COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives, I want to thank the heavy vehicle industry for your dedication and commitment in continuing to ensure there is food on the tables of all Australians.Our priority is your health and wellbeing and I encourage operators and drivers to ensure you are looking after yourself as well as your families and colleagues during this challenging time.We will keep listening to industry’s concerns and advocate where we can. Most recently, this included working with the state and territory authorities to influence practical outcomes to enable drivers to access essential facilities.We also recently re-instated temporary changes to the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme’s driver medical and audit requirements to support operators. The practical changes that meet COVID-19 restrictions will be in place until the end of January 2022 and full details are listed in this edition of On The Road.It's also important to listen to the latest health directives. Vaccinations for freight workers have now been prioritised by various state and territories and if you haven’t already, I encourage you to consider your vaccine options.I can’t stress enough that mental health always needs to be top of mind. Last week, we partnered with the Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds Foundation to launch a new Healthy Heads App that seeks to improve access to health information and tools for those on our freight frontline. Take the time to check out the app, and most importantly, please continue to look out for one another and speak up if you are struggling.Stay safe.Sal, CEOA safer grain harvest with companies using easy nine step planThe NHVR has released a simple 9 Step Safety Management System Roadmap to assist all parties across the heavy vehicle supply chain to support each other to operate safely.The Roadmap can assist businesses to develop and improve their heavy vehicle safety systems.Staff from the NHVR and other agencies will be out talking to grain producers and grain receivers in Queensland and NSW during August and September to discuss heavy vehicle safety during grain harvest season.> To read more about primary producer safety, click hereImprovement Notice issued to a multi-national logistics company following fatigue investigationA multi-national logistics company has been issued with an Improvement Notice by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), after an investigation uncovered evidence of falsified records and insufficient fatigue management, compliance, and auditing practices.NHVR Investigators completed an extensive safety duties investigation after receiving a report through the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Line.> Read more about the Improvement Notice hereHealthy Heads App launched to support industryAustralia’s peak body for mental health and wellbeing in the road transport, warehousing, and logistics sector, has taken a step toward improving access to mental health and physical wellbeing support for workers, with the launch of the Healthy Heads App.In recognising that most freight operators are small businesses, Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHTS), with the support of the NHVR has developed an app that aims to improve ease of access to information, tools, and support when it comes to individual mental health and physical wellbeing.> To learn more about the app, click here Mental health first aid courseTransport industry employees in Brisbane are invited to attend a free mental health first aid course. The course focusses on teaching participants about mental health and how to support people that may be suffering from poor mental health.Courses will run on 8 and 9 September in Murrarie, Brisbane and are being run via Steering Healthy Minds – a collaboration by the Transport Industry Mental Health Initiative. The initiative is one of several programs funded by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Commonwealth Government.> For more information and to register interest to participate in a course, please email firstname.lastname@example.orgNew notice delivers efficiencies for SPV accessOperators of Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs), which include cranes and concrete pumps, will have red tape cut under two new NHVR notices.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the National Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle (up to 40t total mass) Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2021 had been developed after extensive consultation with industry and would provide significant productivity benefits by reducing cross-border differences.“This new notice makes it easier for eligible SPVs to access networks by standardising maximum dimensions across the five participating states and territories,” Sal said.> Read more about the SPV notice hereNHVR supports accredited operators during COVID-19 restrictionsThe NHVR has re-instated temporary changes to the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) driver medical and audit requirements, to support industry during the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.The practical changes would be made to the scheme’s medical and audit requirements to meet the operational and health needs of accredited operators.> To read more on the changes, click here NHVR welcomes new Bus Industry Confederation Executive DirectorThe NHVR has welcomed the appointment of Roz Chivers as Executive Director of the Australian Bus Industry Confederation (BIC).NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said Ms Chivers’ knowledge of national policy and her track record in collaboration between industry and government would be welcomed in the heavy vehicle industry.> For the full statement, click hereSeatbelt and mobile phone detection cameras in QueenslandFixed and portable cameras to detect drivers using mobile phones illegally and failing to wear a seatbelt are now live across Queensland.The Queensland Government and state police are reminding motorists that using mobile phones illegally or failing to wear a seatbelt can contribute significantly to the number of lives lost and serious injuries on Queensland roads each year.> To learn more about the detection cameras, click here
Issue 121 | 10 August 2021Collaboration is a key factor when it comes to driving improvements for the heavy vehicle industry and over the last fortnight, we’ve continued to work closely with government and industry to progress some important safety and productivity outcomes.I’m delighted that our ongoing collaboration has led to an agreement of the NHVR’s proposal for PBS vehicles to use a broader range of tyres. The decision will lead to improved safety and efficiency for the entire industry and I hope it will increase take-up of higher productivity vehicles in the future.Likewise, the work between the NHVR, transport agencies and the industry has led to workable outcomes for operators looking to meet COVID-19 testing, permit and safety requirements. There have been challenges along the way, but I’ve been proud of the willingness of all parties to find solutions and keep vital freight routes operating.As COVID-19 border and testing requirements change, we’ll continue to liaise with governments to provide up-to-date information for industry. For the latest information on testing sites and more, please visit the NHVR’s COVID-19 Support Map, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirus and keep an eye on our social media.Stay safe.Sal, CEOProductivity Plan one year onIt’s a year since the NHVR released the Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan, with 30 projects commenced or completed.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the NHVR worked with customers and stakeholders to develop the strategic document.“The plan focuses on increased road network access by reducing the need for permits, developing streamlined and practical systems, and recognising advancements in technology,” Mr Petroccitto said.> Check out our column in Big Rigs to read moreGood news for PBS vehicle tyresPerformance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles will soon be able to use a broader range of tyres, encouraging the take-up of safer, more-productive vehicles in the Australian heavy vehicle fleet.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the recent Infrastructure Transport Ministers’ Meeting supported the NHVR’s leadership in reforming the PBS scheme to enable a new standardised tyre approach using a set of tyre properties and data for PBS assessments.“This decision will allow us to streamline the current approach, which requires vehicles in the PBS scheme to have their on-road performance assessed using specific tyre types and brands,” Mr Petroccitto said.> Read more about the PBS tyres announcement hereNHVR welcomes appointment of new ALC CEOThe NHVR has welcomed the appointment of Brad Williams as CEO of the Australian Logistics Council (ALC).NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said Mr Williams’ knowledge of transport policy and reform will help forge a safer, more productive industry.“On behalf of the NHVR I congratulate Brad on his appointment,” Mr Petroccitto said.“It’s important that the heavy vehicle industry and supply chain continues to work together to drive improved safety and productivity outcomes and Brad and the ALC will play a crucial task in strengthening and being a strong advocate for the transport and logistics sector.”> To read the full statement, click hereHigher Mass Limits permitted in the ACTEligible heavy vehicles can now operate at Higher Mass Limits (HML) on authorised routes in the ACT.The Australian Capital Territory Higher Mass Limits Declaration 2021, which comes into effect today, is the result of a review of HML access by the NHVR and Traffic Management and Safety, Roads ACT to boost productivity benefits for heavy vehicle operators.The Declaration replaces the Australian Capital Territory Class 3 Mass Management Accreditation Exemption Notice 2019, although vehicles can continue to operate under this until it’s revoked on 7 September 2021.To operate under the new Declaration, eligible vehicles must be fitted with certified road friendly suspension. Eligible vehicles are listed in the Operator’s Guide to the Declaration. Excluded vehicles include rigid combinations, including car carriers, and vehicles equipped with a tri-axle drive group.Authorised routes are shown on a new digital map produced by Traffic Management and Safety, Roads ACT. Heavy vehicle safety a focus for primary producersGrain harvest is just around the corner and the NHVR’s focus will again be on heavy vehicle safety on local freight routes.The NHVR recently met with grain industry groups, Transport for NSW and Transport and Main Roads (Queensland) to discuss heavy vehicle safety for the up-coming harvest. Whether you’re a primary producer that owns or contracts heavy vehicle service or a receiver make heavy vehicle safety a focus ahead of this season.Keep an eye out for more information in the weeks ahead.Free Chain of Responsibility workshops for farmersPeak grains representative body GrainGrowers has partnered with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to host free workshops to help farmers better understand their role under Chain of Responsibility (COR) laws.The COR workshops have been funded by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.“The NHVR’s number one priority is the safety of everyone in the heavy vehicle supply chain,” NHVR Sal Petroccitto said.“Projects like the COR workshops for farmers help improve safety for the entire industry - whether that’s at the farm, in the warehouse or on the road.”> Places are limited and registration is essential. You can secure your spot hereNSW Farm Gate Network now available on interactive mapThe Farm Gate Network is now available as a layer on the NSW Livestock Loading Scheme interactive map.Operators travelling under the Farm Gate Access project can use this map to plan their journeys through the six participating Farm Gate Access councils.Farm Gate Access is a heavy vehicle initiative introduced in several participating councils in NSW. The initiative has been developed jointly by Transport for NSW, local councils and industry and introduces conditional area-wide access for Higher Productivity Vehicles transporting grain and livestock on local roads in participating council areas.> To view the interactive map, click hereNew eLearning module for granting heavy vehicle accessThe NHVR has developed an eLearning module to help road managers and industry understand the process of granting heavy vehicle access under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).The Approved Guidelines for Granting Access module contains high-level guidance on aspects of heavy vehicle access decision making under HVNL. > For more information and to access the eLearning module, click here
Issue 120| 27 July 2021This week, I’m pleased to release the NHVR’s 2021-2024 Corporate Plan.The plan outlines our objectives for the next three years as well as the key safety and productivity initiatives we’ve committed to delivering over the coming 12 months.There are some important projects in the pipeline and I look forward to working collaboratively to deliver the plan and ensure growth and success for our industry in the years ahead.Elsewhere, our prosecutions team continues to work with other law enforcement agencies and industry stakeholders to educate and enhance safety on our roads. Recently, the NHVR, working alongside South Australia Police, charged two operators with offences relating to illegal engine remapping.It’s important that with an increase number of heavy vehicles on roads, everyone is aware of their responsibilities and obeys the law.I wish you all a safe week ahead and please remember to regularly check our COVID-19 webpage for the latest information on border and testing requirements.Sal, CEONHVR prosecutes multiple engine remapping chargesThe NHVR has charged two South Australian operators with offences relating to illegal engine remapping.An investigation conducted by South Australia Police (SAPOL) Heavy Vehicle Enforcement Unit (HVEU) found a South Australian produce company had remapped the engines of four heavy vehicles to disable the vehicles’ emission limits.> Read more about these charges hereRevised NHVAS Business Rules and StandardsThe NHVR has approved a minor wording change to Standard 4 of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) allowing operators to use alternative documents to record the completion of an annual vehicle inspection.> For more information about the NHVAS Business Rules and Standards, click hereSign up for Recovery Partners health and safety webinarMembers of the heavy vehicle industry are invited to attend a free webinar hosted by Recovery Partners where NHVR Manager Safety, Policy and Research Amanda Capper and other industry stakeholders will discuss workplace health and safety issues in the transport industry.Amanda will highlight the findings from the Industry Safety Survey 2020 and update stakeholders on how safety is being implemented in heavy vehicle transport activities across different industry groups.Other speakers include Naomi Frauenfelder (CEO, Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds) and Melissa Strong (Manager of Safety, People and Communications at Lindsay Australia).The webinar will be held on Wednesday 28 July from 12-1pm AEST.> To register your interest, click hereRoad Design for Heavy Vehicles eventsSafe System Solutions Pty Ltd, with support from the Australian Trucking Association, is offering a practical training course for anyone working in road design.The Road Design for Heavy Vehicles course is free, with topics including characteristics of heavy vehicles, design principles and elements, common safety issues and treatments and Austroads guidance on designing roads for heavy vehicles.Workshops are planned to be held in the following locations:Adelaide – 25 August, 9:00amHobart – 2 September, 9:0amSydney – 13 October, 9:00amCanberra – 15 October, 9:00amBrisbane – 26 October, 9:00amThe workshops are funded by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.> For full details and to register your interest to attend, click hereCOVID-19 updateReaders of On the Road would have received a dedicated COVID-19 newsletter last week with the latest updates and advice for the heavy vehicle industry. If you missed the newsletter, you can read it here.You can also stay up to date with border and testing requirements on our dedicated COVID-19 webpage.Invitation to attend road asset assessment webinarsThe NHVR is running a series of webinars on the Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP). The webinars are free to attend and are aimed at providing additional information on the next round of funding and plans for increased asset assessment.> Road managers are invited to register their interest for the sessions hereHave you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusConnect with us on social media 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 119 | 22 July 2021 | Coronavirus Special Edition Message from the CEOIt continues to be a challenging time for the heavy vehicle industry, whether you’re a driver, an operator or part of the supply chain.The NHVR is continuing to work with governments and industry to provide clear advice and coordinated information on the current round of changes to interstate and in some cases intra-state travel, which are being rolled out to meet the health requirements in each state.Despite the challenges, personally I’ve never been prouder to have been involved in an industry that has shown a remarkable ability to adapt and remain resilient in the face of the on-going changes brought about in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.I believe that sentiment is echoed by many Australians who recognise the difficulty of the operating environment and are grateful for the efforts to continue to operate and underpin Australia’s economy.Sal, CEOTesting, passes and exemptionsA summary of the COVID-19 testing and border pass requirements for heavy vehicles is below. For specific details on the requirements for each state and territory, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusUpdates will also be shared on NHVR’s Facebook and Twitter pages.Australian Capital TerritoryIs a border pass required? NoIs a mandatory COVID-19 test required? No, but it is recommendedNew South WalesIs a border pass required? YesIs a mandatory COVID-19 test required? YesNorthern TerritoryIs a border pass required? YesIs a mandatory COVID-19 test required? YesQueenslandIs a border pass required? YesIs a mandatory COVID-19 test required? YesSouth AustraliaIs a border pass required? YesIs a mandatory COVID-19 test required? YesTasmaniaIs a border pass required? YesIs a mandatory COVID-19 test required? YesVictoriaIs a border pass required? YesIs a mandatory COVID-19 test required? YesWestern AustraliaIs a border pass required? YesIs a mandatory COVID-19 test required? YesTake the time to take the testAll heavy vehicle drivers operating under Standard hours, BFM or AFM are reminded that taking a COVID test is a permitted personal activity under the National Personal Use Exemption Notices.The exemption recognises that heavy vehicle drivers may need to use their fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle for personal reasons from time to time if they cannot reasonably access alternative means of transport.These notices allow a driver up to one additional hour of time to complete permitted personal activities if the vehicle is unloaded and certain conditions are met. The exemption only applies to activities at either end of a shift, or at any time during a 24-hour break.> For full details and to check your eligibility to apply and use an Exemption Notice, click here> For information on Personal Use Exemption Notices for Standard hours, click here> For information on Personal Use Exemption Notices for AFM and BFM hours, click hereCOVID-safe toolbox talk kitA COVID-19 toolbox talk kit is available to assist staff as part of your Safety Management System.The toolbox talk kit includes a series of quick guides, videos, checklists and templates as part of the NHVR’s wider suite of Safety Management System guidance materials for industry use. The toolbox talk information focusses on COVID safety associated with heavy vehicles, workplaces, general hygiene – including wearing face masks – and positive mental health actions.NHVR Safety Assurance Director Greg Fill said all transport operators should continue to have safety conversations with their staff and drivers to reduce the risk of transmission within their workplace, including when handling freight or interacting with other parties in the supply chain.“Toolbox talks between management and staff are one of the easiest and most effective ways to share important safety information and reinforce responsibility for everyone’s safety,” Greg said.“The NHVR’s materials can be easily modified to include company information such as logos and additional topics that are specific to businesses. This could include how to report safety incidents and what to do if staff are sick or notice symptoms.”> Click here to access the COVID-19 toolbox videos, templates, quick guides and checklistsHeavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Line ready to assistThe NHVR is reminding drivers that the Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Line (HVCRL) is ready to assist with reporting safety issues across the Chain of Responsibility.NHVR Safety Assurance Director Greg Fill said the current changes in operating conditions due to COVID-19 had increased the likelihood of stress on drivers and operators.“This has been a challenging time for our industry, but we don’t want it to worsen by people putting others in danger,” Greg said.“The HVCRL team are ready and willing to assist with resolving safety issues across the supply chain, such as inappropriate or undue pressure at the depot, the distribution centre or the drop-off point.“The pressure is being compounded by additional requirements around borders, as well as hygiene and mask-wearing requirements that drivers are having to manage.“Now more than ever, it’s critical that all businesses follow the rules to keep our industry safe and Australia moving.”Operators or drivers concerned about being asked to sign or perform a contract that is in breach of Chain of Responsibility laws should contact the NHVR’s Confidential Reporting Line on 1800 931 785.The Heavy Vehicle National Law:Imposes a positive obligation on any party in the Chain of Responsibility to ensure their conduct doesn’t encourage the driver of a heavy vehicle to contravene the law, and;Specifically prohibits those parties from requiring or entering into a contract with a driver that would encourage the driver to speed, work while fatigued or drive in breach of the driver’s work and rest hours options.> Click here for the latest information from the NHVR, relating to COVID-19Have you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past few months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusConnect with us on social media View this email onlineHaving troubles viewing this email? 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Issue 118 | 15 July 2021Our farmers and the agricultural sector are vital to the success of Australia. Every week, thousands of drivers and heavy vehicles safely access more than 85,000 agricultural businesses and in doing so, maintain supply chains across the country and the world.I’m proud to say that safety is always front of mind for our farmers, and this was evident at the annual Livestock and Rural Transporters Association South Australia conference I attended recently, where I had the opportunity to speak with many of the hard-working members of the industry.As we join together to celebrate National Farm Safety Week (18- 24 July) we’ll continue to work with the sector to ensure the safety of its workers while improving productivity for operators. This week, members of our Stakeholder Engagement team have been in regional Queensland, meeting with truck drivers and answering questions. I encourage you to keep an eye out for upcoming truck driver info days and stop in for a chat with the team.As we move into the second half of the year, my thoughts remain with those who continue to grapple with changes to their operating conditions due to the impacts of COVID-19. Please stay up to day with the latest information at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusSal, CEOStay up to date with COVID-19 travel restrictionsThe Victorian Government has applied a hard border with NSW, which means NSW and the ACT have been declared a red zone.Essential freight workers are classified as specific workers and will be permitted entry.For the latest information on changes to cross border requirements, links to permits, and testing facilities visit www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusChanges to Agricultural Vehicle and Combination NoticesA reminder to operators that 10 agricultural notices across Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania will be revoked by 2 August. If you have a permit that refers to one of these notices, please check it to make sure it’s still valid. You’ll have to apply for a new permit if your:existing permit doesn’t cover the full journey; orexisting permit refers to a revoked notice; orcombination doesn’t comply with the National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice.> For more information about changes to the agricultural notices, click hereFunding boost to give heavy vehicles better access to road networksThe heavy vehicle industry has received a $12.1 million Federal Government funding boost, aimed at delivering better assessment of road assets across rural and regional Australia, as part of the Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP).NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto welcomed the additional funding, noting the tangible value already provided by the first round of SLGAAP funding.“This additional funding builds on the critical work already rolling out across regions, supporting industry and making our communities safer,” Sal said.> To read more about the latest SLGAAP funding, click hereNHVR and Health in Gear Truck Driver Information DaysThe NHVR and Health in Gear have been in regional Queensland this week, hosting free “Truckie Tune Up” health checks and information days in Goondiwindi and Roma.Truck drivers in the areas were able to get a confidential health check with a Health in Gear nurse and support worker, who provided information, support, and referrals, and the opportunity for a follow-up call. Members of the NHVR stakeholder Engagement team were also available on-site to answer questions and help with any applications and service queries.For those in the Roma area, the NHVR and Health in Gear team will be at the United Roma and Pie Face (44589 Warrego Highway, Roma) through to 10:00pm this evening (Thursday 15 July).Fatigue Management TipsFollowing on from our recent round of Fatigue Management Tips, we’ve included some additional questions and tips regarding local area work record keeping that may be of use.> Click here to read the local area work record keeping tipsHave you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.
Issue 117 | 29 June 2021As we approach the half-way mark of what has been another challenging year, it’s important to reflect on what we’ve achieved as an industry and the opportunities that are ahead of us.I’m immediately drawn to the strong safety and productivity performance that everyone has displayed as we’ve continued to navigate the uncertainty of COVID-19.I’m proud to be part of an industry that has played an integral role in keeping Australia connected during tough times and I’m committed to playing our part in helping shape a positive future.At the same time, we are thinking about our partners and colleagues throughout Australia who are still impacted by recent COVID-19 outbreaks. We’re thinking of you and we are grateful for the support that you continue to deliver for the heavy vehicle industry.As we move into the second half of the year, there’s a lot more to deliver as part of our Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan. In the past year, we’ve undertaken or delivered at least 30 projects. Whether that’s supporting local governments to assess their heavy vehicle infrastructure assets or new notices, we’re looking to resolve the productivity issues you have raised.Underpinning all of this work is improving safety outcomes for everyone in the industry, and I’m particularly motivated by the feedback we received on our draft Heavy Vehicle Safety Strategy. Like the Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan, it will be an important focus in the years ahead.I look forward to continuing to work together as Australia gathers momentum during the second half of 2021.Sal, CEOCOVID-19 updateThe renewed outbreak of COVID-19 in NSW, QLD, NT and WA has prompted changes to border requirements across the Australia.We are urging everyone in the heavy vehicle industry to keep up to date with the latest information for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirus, or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.It's important to follow the advice at all times, in order to keep you and others around you as safe as possible.We’ll continue to work with governments to provide the most accurate and timely information and will endeavour to keep you informed as things evolve.New livestock effluent disposal pitA new livestock effluent disposal pit was opened this week at the Mount Gambier and District Saleyards. The facility is expected to benefit the local livestock production chain and it’s hoped that similar sites can be rolled out to other locations across the country in the future.The pit was a joint initiative of the Australians Livestock and Rural Transporters Association and the District Council of Grant. Funding for the initiative was delivered by the Federal Government and administered via the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI).NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the HVSI had so far allocated $22.8 million through 89 separate grants over the past five years.“These grants enable the NHVR, industry and government to deliver innovative solutions for local communities,” Mr Petroccitto said.> For more information on the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/hvsiNational Transport Commission researchThe National Transport Commission (NTC) is conducting research into the requirements and use of escape respirators in the Australian Dangerous Goods Code 7.7.Currently – as detailed in Table 12.2 of the code – an air supplied short term breathing apparatus suitable for escape purposes must be readily available in the cabin of road vehicles transporting placard loads of dangerous goods containing any:division 2.3 (toxic gases)division 6.1 (toxic substances)class 8 (corrosives).Vehicle owners are invited to undertake a short, five-minute survey at https://bit.ly/35DYgF0The data gathered will help inform the NTC’s comprehensive review of the code.Information gathered through this survey will be aggregated and no personal information will be shared.Last chance to provide feedback on NHVR codes of practice programThe consultation process to provide feedback on the NHVR’s codes of practice program – guidelines for preparing and registering industry codes of practice – will close on Friday 2 July 2021.Registered codes of practice can provide valuable guidance to people in the heavy vehicle industry to help them manage the safety of their transport activities.> To provide feedback, click hereRegional New South Wales load restraint tour a successMore than 100 local farmers attended a series of load restraint sessions recently across locations in the Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Council areas.The practical load restraint information sessions featured displays, case studies, ‘how to’ videos and presentations from NSW Police, Transport for NSW Heavy Vehicle Inspectors, Safework NSW and NSW Health’s Rural Mental Health Adversity Program.The sessions were part of the Councils’ current Load Restraint Education Project, promoting the safe transportation of hay bales, machinery and general freight.An additional 1,000 load restraint packs will be shared amongst local rural supply stores across the Councils’ in the coming weeks, each containing a Load Restraint Guide, fact sheet, links to project videos and other useful information.The project is funded by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.Take this quiz to test your load restraint knowledge and you could win $500 worth of load restraint equipment.Asset assessment program webinarsThe Federal Government has extended funding for the Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP), with the NHVR working in partnership with road managers to assess up to 1,000 assets over the coming three years.The project commenced in late 2019 with the Government committing $7.96 million in grant funding over two years. In that time, more than 300 assets were assessed, involving 74 road managers.To support road managers in undertaking heavy vehicle assessments of their bridge and culvert assets, the NHVR will be running a series of SLGAAP webinars for local government road managers to attend and find out additional information on the project.There are nine webinars scheduled as part of the series, with the first taking place next Tuesday, 6 July.>Road Managers are invited to RSVP to any or all of the series by clicking here and can get in touch with the NHVR on roadassetproject@NHVR.gov.auReport road hazardsA reminder that if you come across a road hazard or incident while on the road – including issues with heavy vehicles that clip overhanging trees – you should contact the relevant road authority in your state or territory. Below are contact numbers if you need to report an incident:South Australia: Department for Infrastructure and Transport – 1800 018 313New South Wales: Service New South Wales – 13 17 00Queensland: Department of Transport and Main Roads – 13 19 40Victoria: VicRoads – 13 11 70Australian Capital Territory: Access Canberra – 13 22 81Tasmania: Department of State Growth – 1300 139 933Have you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.
Issue 116 | 15 June 2021In my seven years as CEO of the NHVR, the industry has placed health and safety as a top priority – but occasionally, unsafe and illegal practices need to be called out.Last week, the NHVR announced a new campaign aimed at increasing education amongst the industry and general community on illegal engine remapping. I encourage you to read more about the campaign as part of this edition of On The Road and I thank you in advance for your support of the messages and momentum to stop illegal engine remapping in its tracks.Last week, National Transport Insurance (NTI) released their latest findings into the cause of major crashes involving heavy vehicles and overall, the results were trending in the right direction.NTI’s National Truck Accident Research Centre (NTARC) recorded that while there were more trucks and freight on our roads over the past year, there were fewer crashes and lower fatigue levels than in previous years. It’s a great outcome for the industry and with ongoing education and awareness around topics such as illegal remapping, we’ll see more heavy vehicles travelling safely and arriving safely.Sal, CEONHVR launches safety education campaign targeting illegal engine remappingA new education campaign by the NHVR will highlight the health and safety risks caused by illegal engine remapping.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the campaign was an opportunity to work collaboratively with the heavy vehicle industry to remove engine remapping and improve safety.“The NHVR’s highest priority is safety and we’ll continue to focus on compliance while delivering education and awareness through campaigns like the engine remapping campaign,” Mr Petroccitto said.> Read more about the campaign hereNTI release national report Data from NTI’s NTARC Major Accident Investigation Report has found that more heavy vehicles and freight moved around Australia in the past year, with fewer crashes and lower level of fatigue recorded.The NHVR and NTI share a collaborative partnership with the aim of delivering greater safety outcomes across the industry and I thank them for their continued research produced annually.> Read more on the findings here NHVR codes of practice programA reminder that feedback is being sought on the NHVR’s codes of practice program – guidelines for preparing and registering industry codes of practice.Registered codes of practice can provide valuable guidance to people in the heavy vehicle industry to help them manage the safety of their transport activities.The consultation and feedback process are now open and close on Friday 2 July 2021.> To provide feedback, click hereFees and HVNL fines to increase from 1 JulyNHVR access fees will increase by $1 from Thursday, July 1, 2021. Fees will also increase for National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme modules. These increases are in line with CPI as prescribed under the Heavy Vehicle (General) National Regulation.Heavy Vehicle National Law penalties and fines will also increase in line with CPI.> Click here for the new NHVR fee schedule> Click here for the new HVNL penalty and fines scheduleFatigue Management TipsManaging fatigue, particularly within the heavy vehicle industry, is crucial to the success and safety of every road user involved. The NHVR receives and answers thousands of questions from calls with drivers each year and we’ve included a few of the more common questions that may be of interest.> Click here to check out the tipsFeedback sought on new online operators guide for noticesThe NHVR is seeking feedback on a trial to release online operators guides based on the recent release of the National Road Train Prime Mover Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2021.Your feedback and suggestions will help inform whether the NHVR transitions to an online format for current and future operators guides plus will be used to direct further improvements.> Provide feedback on the online operators guideHave you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.
Issue 115 | 1 June 2021This week, we’re thinking of everyone in Victoria as they grapple with another COVID-19 lockdown.One thing we’ve learned over the last 12+ months is this pandemic is unpredictable. I want to thank the many drivers, logistics workers and warehouse teams who continue to pivot and ensure supplies move freely throughout the country.As our industry tackles the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, we’ll continue to do everything we can as a regulator to ease pressure on the road networks and improve productivity while ensuring everyone’s safety.Today we announced the commencement of a new national Notice for Road Train Prime Movers, which will open up road access across the country, improve fatigue management for drivers, and increase the efficiency of the heavy vehicle fleet. We encourage you to provide feedback on the new online operator’s guide, designed to make the Notice simple and easy to use.And last week we released a joint report with CILTA and NTARC, which shows the huge safety and productivity outcomes we’re seeing from the 12,000 PBS-approved combinations operating on our roads. You can read more about the report in this edition of On the Road.I’m extremely proud to be part of such a resilient industry that continues to deliver in difficult times. I encourage you to take particular care of your health, safety and wellbeing this week, and check in with your industry colleagues no matter where you’re based.Sal, CEONew Notice delivers smarter and safer road train transportA new Notice for Road Train Prime Movers will ease pressure on the road network, improve fatigue management and increase the efficiency of Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet.The National Road Train Prime Mover Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2021 will come into effect from 1 June 2021 and will apply to all states and territories participating in the Heavy Vehicle National Law, except Tasmania.> For further information and to review the Notice and new online operator’s guide, click hereReport reveals PBS vehicles involved in fewer major crashesA joint report from the NHVR, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia (CILTA) and the National Truck Accident Research Centre (NTARC) has revealed Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles are involved in 60 per cent fewer major crashes than conventional vehicles.This is a significant improvement on the results in a 2018 report which found 46 per cent fewer major crashes compared to the conventional fleet. PBS vehicles are also forecast to save 143 lives over 20 years.> Read more about the PBS report hereInput sought into NHVR codes of practice programThe NHVR has released a discussion paper to seek public feedback on its codes of practice program and suggestions for improvements to its Guidelines for Preparing and Registering Industry Codes of Practice.Registered codes of practice can provide valuable guidance to people in the heavy vehicle industry to help them manage the safety of their transport activities.The consultation period starts today and closes on Friday 2 July 2021.> Click here for more about the codes of practice consultationFree training program for new truck driversA free online training program is now available for new heavy vehicle drivers to help them better understand their obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.Developed by Shift Training, the 4 Points of Contact course will train and assess participants in fatigue management, vehicle inspection, load restraint and chain of responsibility.The course was funded by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), with support from the Federal Government.> Click here to learn more and registerNew online safety hub launchedA new online safety hub has been unveiled by Australia’s leading transport and logistics specialist insurer, NTI, to support the growth and development of the industry.The Better Business Hub helps protect Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet, transport operators and drivers by providing interactive, downloadable, applicable tools and resources to support them in their day-to-day activities.> Read more and download the Better Business Hub resources herePilot and escort driver certification reminderHave you checked if your pilot or escort vehicle driver certification is still valid?Pilots and escort drivers are required to maintain a valid license or certification, specified by your state or territory. If you are a pilot or escort driver working interstate, it’s also important you understand how your license or certification is mutually recognised.While the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) does not regulate pilot and escort certification, the NHVR can issue an infringement notice to the driver of an oversize vehicle for not complying with the conditions of the permit, such as a certified pilot or escort.The NHVR has released an updated information sheet, which gives you an overview of the current pilot and escort requirements for your jurisdiction.> Click here to download the information sheetHave your say in new workplace psychological safety surveyHealthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHST) is asking all organisations in the road transport, warehousing and logistics industries to complete a short online Workplace Psychological Safety Index (WPSI) survey.Your participation in the survey will help inform how HHTS will support the psychological and physical health, wellbeing and safety of everyone in the heavy vehicle industry.> Click here to start the surveyHave you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? 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