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NHVR shares Q4 snapshot

The Brisbane Truck Show and the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) Review highlights the various ways the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is engaging with industry according to CEO, Sal Petroccitto.

In the Q4 NHVR Quarterly Snapshot, Petroccitto said Brisbane Truck Show attendees in May were keen to discuss work and rest hours, access, Performance-Based Standards (PBS), Chain of Responsibility (CoR), accreditation, vehicle standards and compliance. During Q4, the NHVR also engaged closely with heavy vehicle operators as part of the HVNL Review.

“Many operators with whom I’ve spoken over the past five years have raised concerns with areas of the law that they believe aren’t operating as effectively as it should,” said Petroccitto.

“That’s why we support a review of the HVNL. It’s important to make the most of this opportunity to deliver the best possible reforms to the HVNL, in many ways it’s a once in a generation opportunity.

“The National Transport Commission — which is running the review — is releasing eight papers for feedback. These cover some of the most common topics that operators regularly raise,” he said – urging everyone in the industry to be involved via association partners, the expert industry panel or directly through the NTC.

In addition to summarising safety and compliance announcements, the NHVR report also covered performance statistics on PBS and permit applications.

The PBS scheme, according to the NHVR, approves innovative and optimised vehicle designs for higher productivity vehicles, which is said to reduce the impact on infrastructure and boosts safety for all road users.

The NHVR has reported a total of 1,720 PBS combinations approved for the full year and it also processed 67,566 permit requests during 2018-19.

On the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) – which provides flexibility in managing fatigue and concessions for mass and maintenance for operators that have robust and compliant management systems – at the end of Q4 there were 7,259 heavy vehicle operators accredited in 11,689 modules. The maintenance module applied to 112,018 heavy vehicles, while the mass module applied to 41,912 heavy vehicles.

Progress is also being made with heavy vehicle access. By the end of 2018-19 there were 2,426 pre-approved routes in place across Australia according to the NHVR. Pre-approvals are reported to eliminate the need for individual road manager consents for agreed routes allowing council to get low-risk applications on their way to focus resources on more complex applications. The NHVR currently works with more than 400 road managers, utility providers and rail authorities to coordinate heavy vehicle access to state and local roads.

In recent news, the NHVR is trialling a new PBS Design Approval process.

(Image: NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto.)

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