The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is a hostage to fortune in their latest initiative, asking the trucking industry what they think about truck rego. The NHVR has said it is currently reviewing feasible options to deliver a national heavy vehicle registration scheme.
In its need to understand heavy vehicle operators’ views on current jurisdictional registration services, it wants to find out what changes would be desirable for operators. An independent market research company has been engaged to conduct an industry survey, with a number of telephone interviews already underway.
The confidential survey is said to take around 15 minutes. The market research company, Enhance, will analyse responses and provide advice to the NHVR on implications for a possible future registration scheme design.
Earlier this week, the NHVR also set out the next steps for industry uptake, as the move toward Electronic Work Diaries (EWD) gains momentum. The recent passing of the Heavy Vehicle National Law Amendment Bill 2015 is the first milestone in this process. Now the Bill provides the legal framework required for the next stage of technological specifications development, the Transport Certification Australia (TCA) will lead the establishment of the EWD requirements for industry introduction in early 2017.
“The Bill’s introduction is the first part of many to a streamlined electronic method for recording work and rest periods, an essential safety requirement for heavy vehicle drivers,” said Geoff Casey, NHVR Executive Director of Productivity and Safety. “There is still much more to do and further development, engagement and education is necessary to ensure its successful and staged roll-out over the coming years
“Ultimately, EWD will provide greater consistency, deliver increased productivity benefits and cut red tape. It will address the current paper-based system inefficiencies and administrative burdens by providing a more simple and flexible voluntary alternative. EWD is a valuable investment to business and industry, with preliminary productivity benefits estimated to be upwards of $200 million in savings to transport operators, EWD system managers and authorities over five years.”