Message from the CEO

October is National Safe Work Month and a chance to shine a light on the importance of creating safe and healthy workplaces across the heavy vehicle industry. Everyone in the industry – from drivers and operators to executives – can promote and mobilise best practice workplace health and safety behaviours.

This National Safe Work Month take the time to look over your work practices and have conversations about what changes you can make to prevent risk and harm.

For example, having robust safety management systems in place is one of the most important things you can do to meet your chain of responsibility requirements and make your operations safer.

No matter what job you perform or where you work, you can be a safety champion by following safety procedures, discussing any concerns you have with your supervisor and reporting all safety risks you encounter.

Remember, safe workplaces are productive workplaces. Head to for more information.


Vehicle standards reform presents opportunity to take PBS scheme to the next level

A revamped PBS scheme that focuses on flexibility and continued innovation should be a central part of reforms to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), according to the NHVR.

NHVR Manager Vehicle Safety and Performance Peter Austin said that a vision for a reformed PBS Scheme, PBS 2.0, was a central part of the Regulator’s response to the National Transport Commission’s (NTC) HVNL Review issues paper Vehicle Standards and Safety.

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New road rules announced in Tasmania

From 1 December, 2019 in Tasmania, all motorists must safely slow to 40km/h as they pass any stationary or slow moving emergency vehicle with red, blue or magenta lights flashing.

The rule includes NHVR vehicles displaying magenta lights.

It applies to traffic travelling in either direction, unless there’s a dividing barrier between the motorist and the emergency vehicle.

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Livestock safety boost as unloading frame trial underway

The NHVR has welcomed the rollout of a user-pay trial by the Australian Livestock Rural Transporters’ Association (ALRTA) to support safety in the unloading of livestock.

The trial, being conducted at Kilcoy Global Foods in South-East Queensland, allows heavy vehicle drivers to use the innovative Parallel Access Landing (PAL).

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the installation of the frame was a key project under the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program.

“The program is providing $102,000 to conduct a feasibility study into user-pay unloading infrastructure,” Sal said.

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Interest in EWDs growing

The NHVR is currently assessing a number of applications for approval as Electronic Work Diaries.

NHVR Executive Director Safety Standards and Assurance Geoff Casey said the current round of applications were of a varying quality after a number of earlier applications had fallen short of requirements.

“NHVR officers have recently met with a number of technology providers to ensure they are clear about our requirements for regulatory EWDs and to better facilitate the assessment so they can finalise their applications,” Geoff said.

“Applications range from an app that can be used on a tablet to a hardware solution that is similar to some of the existing non-regulatory NHVR approved electronic recording systems currently being used by operators.”

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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.

This beautiful shot was taken by the late BJ Watts who was a keen photographer during his time on the road. Photo sent in by his brother Joe.

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