The Australian Heavy Vehicle Repairers Association (AHVRA), the peak body representing commercial vehicle accident repair specialists throughout Australia, has welcomed the introduction of the Written Off Heavy Vehicle Register (WOHVR) which is due to come into effect in New South Wales 1 December.
NSW will be the first jurisdiction to implement a written off heavy vehicle register with implementation dates for other jurisdictions yet to be determined.
“The previous situation presented a danger to all road users as there has been little or no control over the repair of written off heavy vehicles,” said AHVRA spokesperson Richard Nathan.
“Write offs were regularly sold at auction with many vehicles undergoing shortcut and cosmetic-type repairs then being on sold to unsuspecting transport operators.”
AHVRA had long argued that many of these write offs have not had adequate safety checks performed on critical components such as front axles and steering components.
Often the costs of the testing and replacement components were contributors to a vehicle being written off anyway.
Prior to the establishment of the WOHVR it was difficult for subsequent truck purchasers to establish if a vehicle had been a write off.
A similar scheme has operated for light vehicles since 2004.
“Adding trucks to the written off vehicle register will allow transport operators to buy used vehicles with the confidence of knowing they are not poorly repaired write offs,” said Nathan.
“Getting those vehicles off the road will provide a much safer environment, saving lives, trauma, and finance as well as reducing theft.”
Austroads and the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council have published assessment criteria for the classification of heavy written-off vehicles which applies to rigid trucks, prime movers, trailers and buses.
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