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$350K to fund heavy vehicle safety

The Federal Government will commit $350,000 towards helping heavy vehicle industry bodies and small operators develop new safety regulations in response to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) new Industry Codes of Practice Guidelines.

“A registered Industry Code of Practice establishes standards for organisations across the heavy vehicle supply chain on how to operate at a higher safety standard. Businesses that adopt a new Code not only significantly reduce the risk of breaching the Heavy Vehicle National Law, but also improve their safety standards,” said Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester (pictured left).

“This is another important step in the NHVR's Safety Strategy, which includes new Chain of Responsibility Laws, a national roadworthiness program, National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual and checklists.”

The six existing industry codes, which vary between industry sectors and states, will continue to be used until January 2018 or until replaced by a new code. NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto (pictured right), said the new Guidelines were finalised following extensive collaboration with industry.

“The support from the Federal Government will allow industry bodies and code developers to offset some of the costs associated with delivering new Codes,” he said.

The funding has been well received by the transport industry, including Australian Logistics Council Managing Director, Michael Kilgariff. “Codes of Practice will provide a safer and more accountable heavy vehicle industry and we look forward to their development and implementation,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), Ben Maguire, said the development of industry codes would complement the ATA’s TruckSafe program and were an essential part of best practice safety regulation.

“Businesses in the TruckSafe program comply with five sets of standards and are audited regularly by experienced, qualified and objective auditors,” he said.

“It will be important for safety to have industry codes freely available – but the best way a business can demonstrate its safety and guarantee that it meets our standards is to have an audit certificate and the TruckSafe tick.

“Best practice safety regulation is to have a general safety duty on businesses and to then develop codes with evidentiary status to provide businesses with guidance on how to comply. “Under the Heavy Vehicle National Law, these codes are to be developed by industry in accordance with the guidelines now published by the regulator.”

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