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NHVR policy closer to risk-based national compliance

Operators of heavy vehicles working across state borders can anticipate improved targeting of compliance activities by law enforcement agencies according to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

With the final version of the National Compliance and Enforcement Policy has been released by NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto and it includes principles on how agencies should tackle high-risk behaviours and non-compliance in the heavy vehicle industry.

“The Heavy Vehicle National Law is enforced by several different agencies across Australia, including Police, transport agencies and the NHVR,” said Petroccitto.

“Our transport enforcement agencies directly interact with heavy vehicle drivers and operators more than 320,000 times a year and today the NHVR has released a Policy which outlines how those interactions will be more targeted and risk-based.”

“The NHVR already undertakes heavy vehicle compliance activities in South Australia and Tasmania and we work closely with other agencies, particularly on national operations which target key areas such as fatigue and vehicle maintenance.”

The Policy, which has been under development since February, includes several rounds of consultation with industry and partner agencies.

It now aligns with the NHVR’s Strategic Directions documents and will lead to more consistency around targeted compliance and high-risk activities according to the NHVR.

Steve Shearer South Australian Road Transport Association (SARTA) CEO has welcomed the NHVR's initiative in adopting a fairer and more pragmatic compliance and enforcement policy.

“Placing priority on the key safety issues by adopting a risk-based and intelligence-led approach to enforcement will deliver both a safer industry and fairer outcomes for drivers and operators,” said Shearer.

“A major complaint of industry has long been that too much enforcement effort has unreasonably penalised drivers and operators with substantial fines over minor administrative and technical infringements that are of no safety consequence, driving good people out of the industry,” he said.

“SARTA looks forward to the enforcement effort increasingly being focused on the safety risks and particularly on the recalcitrant minority of drivers, operators and customers who do not meet their obligations to operate safely.”

“The National Compliance and Enforcement Policy should also lead to a more consistent and fairer approach to enforcement over time, particularly as police agencies progressively adopt this same risk-based and intelligence-lead approach, as we hope they will.”

“We have already noticed a significant improvement since the NHVR began its on-road enforcement activity in South Australia, with a far more proportionate response commensurate with the level of safety risk involved in each case.”

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