With the release of the 2015 National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual imminent, workshops around Australia can begin to understand the national guidelines for preparing vehicles for the road. The Australian Trucking Association has announced a full program stream dedicated to the manual at the 2015 Paccar & Dealer TMC.
According to ATA CEO Chris Melham, understanding the requirements of the 2015 National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual could be the difference between having trucks parked up in the workshop or out on a scheduled run.
“With the implementation of the 2015 National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual expected to start rolling out by the end of the year, understanding these requirements will be essential for every trucking operator and workshop that deals with jurisdictions covered by the national law,” said Melham.
“For TMC 2015, we’ve developed a technical stream focusing on the major chapters of the draft 2015 manual, as well as a work health and safety stream and a general stream focusing on some of the most frequent issues encountered by trucking workshops.”
The technical sessions include in the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual stream will include talking about training staff to do daily checks, improving steering and suspension diagnostics, making sure couplings comply, safety and compliance for tyres and wheels. The stream will also include a discussion and suggested solutions about truck and trailer brake compatibility, as well as basic brake maintenance.
The TMC will also feature a work health and safety stream, taking safety lessons from recent truck accidents, what works and what doesn’t in terms of workplace health and safety messages, plus improved efficiency in the workshop.
The technical stream will include seminars on diagnosing electrical problems, new ATA technical advisory procedures and gettingh a handle on using engine management and telematics data.