The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has released its five-year blueprint for change, moving towards a safer, productive and more compliant heavy vehicle industry. Speaking at the National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) conference in Cairns, Darren Chester, Transport and Infrastructure Minister called it an agenda setting document, which would link three key strategies to continue the reform of the heavy vehicle industry.
“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,” said Chester. “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.
“Australia’s reliance on a safe and sustainable road freight industry across urban, rural and remote communities will only grow with a large portion of that growth driven by interstate freight movements.”
‘Setting the Agenda – Strategies for a Safer, Productive and more Compliant Heavy Vehicle Industry’ follows the NHVR’s long-term Strategic Directions 2016 document released in May and includes an Action Plan to ensure the strategies are delivered.
Key items of the Action 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
“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,” said Sal Petroccitto, NHVR CEO. “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.
“This will improve industry and the Regulator by focusing resources on activities that provide the greatest safety and productivity benefits through addressing unacceptable high-risk behaviours. I am excited by the prospect of industry, including supply chain parties, and the NHVR working together to achieve the Regulator and industry we envisage for 2020.”
The announcement of the strategy document at the NatRoad conference was welcomed by the NatRoad CEO, Warren Clark.
“This document provides the heavy vehicle industry with a clear understanding of what the Regulator and the Government is seeking to achieve in the years ahead,” said Clark.