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NHVR revamps safety assessment tool

Queensland Transport and Main Road Minister, Mark Bailey, said the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator's Gap Assessment Tool had been simplified and upgraded to assist operators to examine their current systems against known risks and recognised best practice.

“Heavy vehicle operators tell us they want a quick and easy tool to assess their business’s safety compliance with their Chain of Responsibility obligations,” said Bailey.

“No more than ever we want the entire supply chain working together to assist drivers to operate safely and efficiently," he said.

NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto, said the re-launched Gap Assessment Tool included a number of new features, including:

  • New bus-specific version to provided targeted guidance for the bus industry.
  • Simplified recommendations which link to NVHR resources, website information, and external material such as the Load Restraint Guide and the Master Industry Code of Practice.
  • Links to relevant National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme material.
  • New easier-to-read format.
  • Links to quick briefs and relevant sections of Heavy Vehicle National Law.

“The tool includes a number of relevant questions which can be completed in less than 15 minutes and has been updated to link to the additional support information such as the NHVR’s Safety Management System material and the Master Industry Code of Practice,” said Petroccitto.

“The updated tool replaced the original version which was launched in 2017 and used more than 20,000 times to support major changes to Chain of Responsibility laws which were introduced in October 2018.”

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