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SA safety scheme to be expanded after successful pilot

The South Australian Government is calling for business proposals to run stage two of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Inspection Scheme (HVIS), aimed at improving safety.

The state government said the scheme is expected to create up to 100 full-time jobs and has said it will work with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to ensure the scheme will align with proposed national reforms.

A pilot scheme was introduced in January requiring vehicles more than three-years-old, and registered in South Australia, to undergo an inspection at change of ownership.

Approximately 900 vehicles were inspected in the first half of 2017 with 58 per cent of vehicles found to be non-compliant. Of those, 29 per cent were non-compliant due to faults with lights and reflectors. One fifth of faults were reportedly brake-related.

In stage two, all heavy vehicles will require an inspection at four, six and eight years after manufacture, then every year from 10 years of age.

“This scheme is the latest in a series of measures the Government has introduced in a bid to prevent the kinds of horrific accidents we’ve seen at the bottom of the South Eastern Freeway from ever occurring again,” said Transport and Infrastructure Minister, Stephen Mullighan.

“We’re also working with the national regulator to introduce measures to ensure all trucks, not just those registered in South Australia, undergo greater scrutiny.

“Other measures we’ve been working on include making sure that everyone in the chain of responsibility, from the driver to the chairman of the company, are accountable for keeping these vehicles safe.

Most drivers and operators do the right thing but when someone flouts the law they don’t simply risk their own lives, but the lives of all road users around them,” he said.

SA Road Transport Association (SARTA) Executive Officer, Steve Shearer welcomed the implementation of the HVIS statewide.

“We look forward to it becoming easier and more cost-effective for operators to undergo inspections, particularly in rural areas.

“We support this initiative as part of the improved safety focus in relation to heavy vehicle roadworthiness,” he said.

The NHVR recently said that the National Roads and Motorists’ Association’s (NRMA) latest report, Dead Tired, would provide key recommendations to continue to address driver fatigue.

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