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NHVR reveals safety-focused plan

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has released its new five-year blueprint for a safer, productive and more compliant heavy vehicle industry.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has released its new five-year blueprint for a safer, productive and more compliant heavy vehicle industry.The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has released its new five-year blueprint for a safer, productive and more compliant heavy vehicle industry.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister, Darren Chester, told last week’s National Road Transport Association conference in Cairns that the NHVR’s ‘Setting the Agenda’ document would link three key strategies to continue the reform of the heavy vehicle industry.

“The plan focuses on three national strategies for Safety, Compliance and Assurance, and productivity to guide Australia’s regulatory heavy vehicle agenda between now and 2020,” he said. “As a regulator, the NHVR will set the standard in relation to heavy vehicle safety, while taking a balanced approach to cutting red tape and improving industry access to services and products.”

According to the NHVR, the key items contained in the action plan contained within the “Setting the Agenda” document include developing a safety risk management framework; developing and delivering a national heavy vehicle awareness road safety program; guidance and education material on Chain of Responsibility; and implementing new guidelines for the registration of Industry Codes of Practice.

NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto, said the strategies underpin the NHVR’s long term “Strategic Directions 2016” document released in May.

“A number of key items are already being delivered including a national health check of Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet, a national inspection manual and national notices to reduce the reliance on permits,” he said. “I am excited by the prospect of industry, including supply chain parties, and the NHVR working together to achieve the Regulator and the industry we envisage for 2020.”

NatRoad CEO, Warren Clark, welcomed the release of the strategies at the organisation’s national conference. “This document provides the heavy vehicle industry with a clear understanding of what the Regulator and the Government are seeking to achieve in the years ahead,” he said.

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