From the CEO
Among the most important feedback the NHVR receives as part of our engagement with industry comes from heavy vehicle drivers and operators we talk to at the roadside.
This week will see another first, when the NHVR engages with operators at four Truck Driver Info sessions being held simultaneously in four different states. I’m sure there will be regular discussions around more flexibility in work and rest hours, consistent compliance, better access, Performance Based Standards and Chain of Responsibility laws. However, there are always a range of unusual topics, because this is a diverse industry with a diverse range of issues.
Importantly, it’s not just a chance for drivers to speak to the NHVR. We’ll also be joined by our colleagues from police, compliance agencies and road managers. In another first, I also look forward to sharing our tent with the Productivity Commission, which is keen to hear your thoughts and feedback as part of their review into Australia’s regulators.
The feedback we receive will be incorporated in the NHVR’s submissions into the current review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL). You can see the NHVR’s submissions into a range of discussion papers released by the National Transport Commission at www.nhvr.gov.au/submissions
National approach key to modern, efficient heavy vehicle access
Assessing permits using consent parameters, rather than each individual vehicle, is the cornerstone to improving heavy vehicle access on Australian roads, according to an NHVR submission to the HVNL.
The recommendations to the HVNL Review, which is being conducted by the National Transport Commission, aims to reduce the burden on road managers and operators by providing clear parameters for permit assessments.
Quarterly Snapshot shows full year results
It’s reporting season, which closes out another busy financial year for the NHVR. For a full overview of the end of year results and activities during the final quarter of the year, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/files/201908-1094-quarterly-snapshot-q4-2018-19.pdf
Supercars star heads new road safety campaign
The recent Queensland Road Safety Week featured Australian Supercars star Garth Tander sending an important message to drivers that trucks need space to keep you safe.
Garth joined Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey, local drivers and staff to launch the We Need Space campaign in Queensland. The campaign provides advice on how light vehicle drivers should act when they are around trucks. Recent research shows that light vehicles cause up to four-out-of-five fatal crashes involving heavy vehicles.
NHVR calls for feedback on grain schemes
The NHVR is calling for feedback on the different heavy vehicle loading schemes used during grain harvest across Australia.
NHVR Executive Director Freight and Supply Chain Productivity Peter Caprioli said the Grain Harvest Management Schemes Review Issues Paper called for feedback on the creation of national standards.
“There are currently a range of schemes operating nationally with allowances for mass and operational conditions that vary significantly in each state,” Peter said.
Join us at our national Truck Driver Info sessions
Representatives from the Federal Government’s Productivity Commission will join the NHVR and other compliance agencies at a series of Truck Driver Information sessions across four states on Wednesday, 4 September.
In an Australian first, the NHVR will host four information sessions at the same time, on the same day, across four different states. Drivers can drop into BP Augathella (Landsborough Hwy, Qld), Little Topar Roadhouse (Barrier Hwy, NSW), BP Keith (Dukes Hwy, SA) or Kempton’s Mood Food (Midland Hwy, Tas).
Come and speak to us about access, fatigue, Chain of Responsibility, or any other heavy vehicle queries.
Chat with NHVR staff, ask a question or give us your feedback.
The NHVR is trialling a new process for PBS Design Approval applications submitted in the lead up to the next PBS Review Panel meeting on 29 and 30 October.
Portal customer training
The NHVR Productivity Enhancements team is providing NHVR Portal Access Permits Customer Training as part of the Queensland Class 1 Return of Delegations Project, in Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton.
For more information click on the following links to book. It’s FREE.
Townsville 9 Sept (8-11am)
Mackay 10 Sept (8-11am)
Rockhampton 12 Sept (8-11am)
Send us your photos from on the road
We want to see your photos from on the road. Send them to us through the NHVR Facebook page for your chance to be featured.
Alex Gebhardt sent us this photo from “Kanoona” Farm in Harden, New South Wales.