After a year of disruption caused by COVID-19, the NHVR’s face-to-face engagement with industry is starting to return to pre-pandemic levels.
We’re now able to hold roadside events in most states and later this month Chief Engineer Les Bruzsa will provide insights and guidance on the safety and productivity benefits of PBS at industry forums hosted by the Tasmanian Transport Association.
Our Stakeholder Engagement Officer Tim Hansen recently hosted a Truck Driver Info Day at Moree in Northern NSW and was able to hear first-hand from drivers about the experience they are having with the introduction of EWDs and report back on key areas for improvement.
These conversations provide invaluable information for the NHVR and we’ll be having more of them later this month at Traralgon East and Dandenong, in Victoria, and at Port Wakefield in South Australia (see below for more information).
And, of course, we’re looking forward to seeing thousands of people from across the industry at the Brisbane Truck Show in May.
Every person in the heavy vehicle industry and logistics chain matters to the NHVR.
Our aim is always to listen, understand and build the partnerships that lead to a safer and more productive heavy vehicle industry.
NHVR Facebook post spreads safety message to millions
A safety blunder detected by NHVR officers in Victoria has become a social media sensation.
More than two million people have viewed the NHVR’s Facebook post on the inadequate load restraint that was used to transport an excavator weighing more than 20 tonnes.
The excavator had been ‘secured’ by just four straps, when it should have been directly chained to the trailer.
The NHVR’s Facebook post has so far generated more than 11,000 comments from truckies and transport workers who were stunned by the rookie safety error – as well as a few from drivers who mistakenly thought four straps was enough to secure the excavator.
Improvement Notice issued after engine tampering investigation
A Sunshine Coast transport company has been issued with an Improvement Notice by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) after an investigation uncovered evidence of engine tampering.
A joint investigation between NHVR and Queensland Police Service officers confirmed that the emissions control system on one of the company’s trucks had been switched off, while the control system on a second vehicle had been ‘remapped’ to allow increased emissions.
Notifiable Occurrences and NHVAS Business Rules and Standards
The NHVR is working constructively with industry to implement the revised NHVAS Business Rules and Standards that were launched in February.
Existing participants have up to one accreditation cycle to implement the revised rules and standards, which means implementation does not have to be done immediately.
Notifiable Occurrence reporting now forms part of the revised business rules, so it’s important operators fully understand their responsibilities.
A factsheet and video are available that explain when, how and why an NHVAS Notifiable Occurrence must be reported.
NHVR hits the road for Tasmania PBS forums
The NHVR will be talking to industry about the benefits of PBS vehicles at three forums hosted by the Tasmanian Transport Association this month.
The PBS Roadshow events will be held in Burnie on Monday March 22, followed by Launceston on Wednesday March 24 and Hobart on Friday March 26.
NHVR Chief Engineer Les Bruzsa will discuss the design, assessment and certification of PBS trucks.
He’ll be joined by representatives from Tasmania’s Department of State Growth – State Roads, BTT Engineering, Advantia, CoR & Mass Management and National Transport Insurance.
> For more details and registrations go to www.tta.org.au
Have your say on the Draft National Road Safety Strategy 2021-30
The draft National Road Safety Strategy 2021-30 is open for public consultation until March 23.
The draft strategy sets the direction of Australia’s road safety objectives, key priorities for action and road trauma reduction targets for the decade to 2030 to set us on the path to achieve Vision Zero by 2050 – meaning zero deaths and serious injuries from road crashes.
> To make a submission, visit www.officeofroadsafety.gov.au/nrss
Upcoming Truck Driver Info Days
Come and chat to the NHVR at our next roadside information days.
Whether you have a question about access, Chain of Responsibility or any other heavy vehicle queries, come and join us.
Traralgon East: Thursday 11 March, Victoria. 8am-4pm AEDT.
Dandenong: Tuesday 16 March, Victoria. 6am-2pm AEDT.