A technology forum, truck rego and the chain of responsibility join an inexperienced transport chief and new money for truck washes in the snippets of news this week
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is set to establish a high level technical forum to deliver safety outcomes for Australia’s heavy vehicle industry.
“Technology plays a vital role in vehicle safety and advances in safety systems need to be managed at the operational as well as regulatory level,” said Sal Petroccitto NHVR CEO. “This group will assist the NHVR accelerate deployment of safety technologies and systems quickly and effectively. We are positioning ourselves to be at the forefront of providing technical guidance to industry.”
The ATA’s Chris Melham is calling for the abolition of truck rego labels. He said the Western Australian Government had removed the requirement for trucks to have registration labels from 1 July 2016, with the government saying the decision would save thousands of hours of industry time and some $200,000 a year in government costs.
The Australian Logistics Council’s Supply Chain, Safety and Compliance Summit had a discussion on key changes in the alignment of Chain of Responsibility and Workplace Health and Safety legislation. Interactive workshops focussed on providing supply chain practitioners with practical advice on how to meet their Chain of Responsibility obligations.
Meanwhile, according to the ABC in WA, the new director-general of the Transport Department, Richard Sellers, isn’t going to let a lack of transport experience and expertise be a barrier to running a WA Government agency. He previously worked as director-general of Mines and Petroleum and comes to the job as the Barnett government battles on a number of fronts, including the proposed Fremantle Freight Link.
The NSW Government and the Federal Government said they will each contribute $5 million over the next two years to provide co-funding for truck wash upgrades, as part of the Fixing Country Roads program. The NSW statement said, truck washes play an important role in vehicle productivity and maintenance, as well as protecting NSW’s biosecurity.