I am pleased to announce at the two-week mark of the transition of heavy vehicle services in NSW, we have received positive messages and support from industry. We know we won’t get everything perfect first go, but we are committed to working with industry and our regulatory partners to ensure consistent compliance across all jurisdictions.
In other welcomed news, heavy vehicle drivers and operators now have more flexibility and choice when selecting a work diary for their individual requirements, with the approval of Logmaster Australia’s EWD platform and a new device for Netstar Australia. We’ll continue to work with industry and technology providers to better understand industry needs and encourage EWD uptake.
Fatigue management continues to be a key topic as part of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) Review. The HVNL final report prepared by Ken Kanofski was considered at the recent Infrastructure Transport Ministers Meeting on 5 August. I look forward to further discussions once the final report is released.
It was great to attend the Australian Livestock & Rural Transporters Association and Livestock & Rural Transporters Association of Victoria’s National Combined Conference in Bendigo last week, where NHVR Digital Products Manager John Barry gave the audience a demonstration of our National Spatial Program. The program will bring state and territory mapping systems into a single national network map where operators and road managers can plan and manage routes, and filter by gazetted or preapproved networks and consent, permit or vehicle access type.
We will continue to work with industry to deliver a nationally consistent and intelligent mapping solution to improve productivity and efficiency.
NHVR expands access to EWDs with approval of Logmaster Australia EWD
The NHVR has approved Logmaster Australia as the eighth Electronic Work Diary (EWD) provider, further expanding access to EWD technology for the heavy vehicle industry.
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the range of EWD options now available is allowing industry to better manage fatigue risks and choose the most suitable solution for their business.
“Drivers are switching over to using EWDs since we approved the first system in 2020, and it’s great to see Logmaster is offering another new option,” Sal said.
“The Logmaster platform includes features such as digital pre-start driver forms, night and day modes and national usability.
“It’s available on Android and iOS (Apple) operating systems, so drivers and companies can use most modern devices.”
New device approved for Netstar Australia
The NHVR has also approved the use of Netstar Australia’s EWD on an additional device – the Samsung SM-T575 (known as the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 3).
“With more choice comes greater uptake and we are now working with technology providers to develop innovative ways to encourage increased use of EWDs across the industry,” Sal said.
Drivers are reminded that when switching to an EWD, they must continue to carry their written work diary for a transition period to comply with the requirement to carry 28 days of records.
It’s also important they check the NHVR website to ensure they’re using an NHVR-approved EWD.
For more information on approved EWDs, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/ewd
Latest NHVR regulatory advice explores fatigue risks and controls
When a driver feels sleepy, tired or exhausted, these are all symptoms of fatigue. So too are restlessness, inability to maintain a steady speed, and sore or tired eyes. Fatigue can occur even on a short trip and can severely impair judgement when driving, causing lapses in concentration that could prove fatal.
Consequently, the NHVR is maintaining its focus on growing industry awareness of fatigue risks, providing expert advice, and publishing a range of information resources to support industry to better manage driver fatigue.
In the latest of these information resources, the NHVR has published regulatory advice on Fitness to drive: Fatigue. This provides guidance to parties in the Chain of Responsibility on managing fatigue in the heavy vehicle transport industry – outlining their obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law and advocating a holistic approach to fatigue management.
This regulatory advice takes a look at the hazards and risks associated with fatigue, emphasises the importance of considering external factors that may influence the driver’s fatigue risk– not just those related to compliance with regulated work and rest hours – and proposes a range of control measures to ensure the safety of heavy vehicle drivers and other road users.
This is the first in a series of three pieces of ‘Fitness to Drive’ guidance that will be delivered through the NHVR’s Regulatory Advice Program.
Company receives two Improvement Notices to correct mass and load breaches
A Victorian company has been issued with two Improvement Notices by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to correct mass and load breaches.
A roadside intercept by the NHVR identified one of the company’s heavy vehicles did not comply with the applicable mass and loading requirements, which prompted further investigation.
NHVR Director of Investigations Steve Underwood said the company failed to produce evidence of mass and load restraint policies, procedures, and safety controls.
“The company posed a safety risk by not equipping its staff with the tools to identify and manage heavy vehicle mass, dimension and loading requirements,” Steve said.
“The NHVR will monitor the company and review evidence of the corrective measures required in the Improvement Notices to prevent further offences.”
Three actions must be taken for each Improvement Notice on mass and load restraint measures, including a risk management process, policies and procedures and staff training.
New South Australia notice a win for Class 3 operators
Operators of eligible livestock carriers, AB-triples and Type 1 road trains – including non-modular and modular B-triples – in South Australia can now operate at increased mass limits on designated routes, providing their vehicle has certified road-friendly suspension.
NHVR Chief Regulatory Policy and Standards Officer Don Hogben said the new South Australian Class 3 Road friendly Suspension Mass Exemption Notice 2022 allows certain heavy vehicles and combinations fitted with certified road-friendly suspension to operate at masses equivalent to Higher Mass Limits, without needing to be enrolled in the Intelligent Access Program (IAP).
“The notice replaces the South Australia Class 3 (HML Application) Mass Exemption 2021, and includes beneficial changes to vehicle eligibility and networks,” Don said.
“This notice represents significant progress towards removing the need for multiple permits in South Australia.”
Australian Trucking Association Chair David Smith welcomed the notice as a significant win for Class 3 operators in South Australia.
“This is an important step towards national harmonisation and improved productivity for heavy vehicle movements, and that’s good for the industry and the local economy,” David said.