NHVR broadens inspections

The NHVR will now conduct standardised inspections in Queensland and Victoria

The Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (HVIM) created by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) recently will now apply to Queensland and Victorian transport operators.

Both states have joined New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory as adopters of the NHVR’s standardised safety handbook for heavy vehicles, including buses and trucks.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says the changes will ensure safer transport for all of the eastern states.

The changes are due to take effect on July 1.

"The NHVR is committed to delivering national harmonisation for the heavy vehicle industry, as we know trucks don’t stop at the borders," says Petroccitto.

He adds there will soon be a mass check-up of heavy vehicles nationwide.

"The manual will also be used for inspection trials in the coming weeks for the National Roadworthiness Baseline Survey which will inspect almost 9000 heavy vehicles during August and September.

"This will be the largest health check of heavy vehicles ever undertaken in Australia."

The manual, which includes a section covering bus safety, is less than a year old and has already been adopted by more than half of the country.

Petroccitto says the HVIM not only encourages additional safety awareness, but also makes procedures more efficient for operators.

"The manual means operators now have a clear picture of the standards, tools and processes used in an inspection, providing confidence in knowing their maintenance meet said requirements," he says.

"We want to encourage a more proactive approach to vehicle maintenance and repair.

"We are working with industry, road transport authorities and police to produce resources and tools to unlock the improved safety outcomes that a national manual will deliver."

Examples of the safety protocols given in the HVIM include checking safety fittings such as extinguishers, ensuring the interior dimension requirements are met, and maintenance of the engine and fuel system.

The NVIM handbook includes ADR listing relevant to each vehicle category and covers motorhomes and caravans, as well as buses, trucks, and trailers.

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