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NHVR concludes saleyards review

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has finalised a review of Improvement Notices issued to Forbes Shire Council and Dubbo Regional Council in relation to operations at the saleyards.

NHVR Executive Director Statutory Compliance, Ray Hassall, said that the NHVR had provided the councils with guidance about their responsibilities as Loading Managers under Chain of Responsibility (CoR) legislation.

“Saleyards are an incredibly important part of our regional economies and we want to work with councils to ensure they remain productive,” said Hassall.

“However, we must also ensure we are keeping all road users and transport workers safe.”

The review concluded that, in the circumstances, the requirement to install and operate a fixed weighing system goes beyond the scope of what is reasonably required under Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

The decision also instructs the councils to conduct routine compliance observations to ensure that top deck loading is done safely, including requiring stock agents to pay attention to the issue.

In other news, NHVR Portal changes are on the way.

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