NHVR plans safer vehicle reform

Industry regulator sets agenda for a safer and more productive heavy vehicle sector

NHVR plans safer vehicle reform
Sal Petroccitto says the plan is already being rolled out

Setting the Agenda is the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) five-year plan to move the industry towards being safer and more productive.

Transport and infrastructure minister Darren Chester says the plan will bring together three different strategies to make this happen.

"This plan focuses on the three national strategies for safety, compliance and assurance, and productivity to guide Australia’s regulatory heavy vehicle agenda between now and 2020," Chester says.

"As a regulator, the NHVR will set the standard in relation to heavy vehicle safety, while taking a balanced approach to cutting red tape and improving industry access to services and products."

Setting the Agenda will include details on the NHVR’s plans and outline how the strategy will be carried out.

Key items of the plan will include:

  • Developing a safety risk management framework
  • Developing and delivering a national heavy vehicle awareness road safety campaign
  • Guidance and education material on chain of responsibility
  • Implementing new guidelines for the registration of industry codes of practice

Sal Petroccitto, NHVR CEO, says the plan is already being rolled out in the form of some of the NHVR’s previous strategies.

"A number of key items are already being delivered including a national health check of Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet, a national inspection manual and national notices to reduce the reliance on permits," he says.

"The heavy vehicle industry has told us they are looking for a safe level playing field whether it’s an operator in an outback community, a transport company in the middle of a major city or a business involved in the supply chain purchasing transport services."

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