The Brisbane Truck Show is just around the corner and I’m looking forward to catching up with our customers throughout the show on 13 – 16 May.

It’s always a great opportunity to hear from everyone across the industry and learn about what is working well and what improvements we can make to support a safer and more productive industry.

We’ll have representatives from our Access, Performance Based Standards, Fatigue and Accreditation teams at stall 106, so I encourage you to drop by for a chat. You can also visit us at the Civil Construction Field Days event at Hamilton.

Across the four days, we’ll be hosting one-on-one Fatigue Choices sessions to help operators understand the flexibility available to help manage fatigue safety risks. If you’d like to take part in a session, you can book in here, or simply visit our stall.

Another stall – and trailer – to keep an eye out for involves one of our latest campaigns – We Need Space To Keep You Safe. We’re proud to have Coles and its supply chain partners on board with We Need Space to help spread the campaign’s important safety messages to all road users.

It’s going to be another great show – see you there!

Sal, CEO

NHVR partners with Coles to deliver We Need Space campaign

The NHVR has partnered with Coles and its supply chain partners Toll and Linfox, to educate road users about sharing the road safely with heavy vehicles.

The We Need Space to Keep You Safe campaign, fronted by V8 Supercars Champion Garth Tander and Toll and Linfox drivers, includes a range of educational resources that will roll out through driver education programs across the country.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto welcomed the partnership with Coles and said We Need Space was a great example of the regulator, business and government working together in the interest of road safety.

Project ensures safer loads on regional roads

A new safety campaign has been launched to reduce the number of dangerously loaded trucks operating on regional roads.

The Load Restraint Public Education Campaign initiated by Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils includes new ‘how to’ load restraint videos and factsheets, as well as a social media awareness campaign and a series of load restraint information sessions across the Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils.

> To read more and access the campaign resources, click here.

NHVR files charges against national transport company

The NHVR has filed charges against a national transport company and its executive, following a nine-month investigation into the company’s business practices.

The NHVR initiated the investigation following multiple vehicle collisions and Safe-T-Cam footage that identified breaches relating to the transport company.

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Education a focus in NHVR prosecution

The NHVR has highlighted the importance of ongoing heavy vehicle safety education within the industry following its first successful Supervisory Intervention Order (SIO) in Victoria.

The matter related to the intercept of a heavy vehicle in March 2020 where the driver failed to comply with loading and dimension requirements under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

Given the seriousness of the incident, the Magistrate issued a fine and granted an SIO for the driver to complete a load restraint course within 12 months.

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Forestry Log Haulage Code of Practice consultation open

The NHVR has opened consultation on the Draft Forestry Log Haulage Industry Code of Practice.

The draft code identifies the risks associated with loading and transporting logs, and describes equipment, procedures, training, and other methods to eliminate or minimise those risks. It includes recommendations for the minimum restraint requirements for different types of logs in different loading scenarios.

Submissions are now open and will close on Friday 28 May 2021. Click here for more information.

Safer Freight Vehicles – Discussion paper

The Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications has released the Safer Freight Vehicles discussion paper for feedback.

The paper relates to key actions in the NHVR’s Vehicle Safety and Environmental Technology Uptake Plan (Vehicle SETUP) released in 2020. It identifies possible changes to the Australian Design Rules (ADRs) to facilitate an increased take-up of safer, more-efficient heavy freight vehicles in Australia.

The Department is inviting public feedback on the proposed changes by 30 June 2021. Click here for more information or to make a submission by 30 June 2021.

Class 3 Livestock Vehicle Permits

Farmers are starting to reap the benefits of the removal of the requirement for Class 3 livestock mass exemption permits to include registration numbers, which took effect in December last year.

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