Fo­rums to help pol­icy mak­ers

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HVIA events across Aus­tralia to inuence fu­ture heavy ve­hi­cle pol­icy

HEAVY VE­HI­CLE IN­DUS­TRY

AUS­TRALIA (HVIA) will hold a se­ries of free events across Aus­tralia this month to give all in­dus­try stake­hold­ers the op­por­tu­nity to in­flu­ence fu­ture heavy ve­hi­cle pol­icy de­vel­op­ment.

HVIA chief ex­ec­u­tive Brett Wright says the tim­ing of the meet­ings is cru­cial “to en­sure in­dus­try’s coal-face ex­pe­ri­ence is taken into ac­count dur­ing a vi­tal stage of far-reach­ing re­views to heavy ve­hi­cle pol­icy”.

“Right now the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor [NHVR] is work­ing through strate­gies that will dic­tate how the per­for­mance-based stan­dards [PBS] scheme works on a na­tional ba­sis,” Wright says.

“This is a once-in-a- gen­er­a­tion op­por­tu­nity to make sure the fl aws in the ex­ist­ing scheme are erad­i­cated, and im­proved pro­cesses are adopted na­tion-wide.

“There are nu­mer­ous stake­hold­ers who are af­fected by the scheme’s in­effi cien­cies, and when it doesn’t work, the re­sults are costly and time- con­sum­ing.

“We are talk­ing about ev­ery op­er­a­tor who com­mis­sions, or is in­volved in the de­sign, con­struc­tion or sale of a new truck or trailer body, and par­tic­u­larly those that are seek­ing to take ad­van­tage of the pro­duc­tiv­ity ben­e­fits of the per­for­mance-based stan­dards scheme.”

The fo­rums will hear from se­nior NHVR ex­ec­u­tives about their pend­ing for­ward work pro­gram for the PBS scheme and the im­mi­nent re­view of the Na­tional Au­to­mo­tive Ve­hi­cle Ex­am­iner ( AVE) Scheme for Heavy Ve­hi­cle Mod­i­fi­ca­tions.

“Mean­while, the Na­tional Trans­port Com­mis­sion [NTC] is work­ing through its PBS mar­ket­place re­view to in­form Gov­ern­ment at all lev­els on the ef­fec­tive­ness of the PBS scheme, and op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­duce bar­ri­ers to the up­take of PBS com­bi­na­tions,” Wright says.

The fo­rums are aimed at the likes of: body and trailer man­u­fac­tur­ers; truck man­u­fac­tur­ers and deal­ers; ve­hi­cle mod­i­fiers; re­pair and ser­vice busi­nesses; equip­ment and com­po­nent sup­pli­ers; con­sult­ing en­gi­neers, en­force­ment agen­cies, reg­u­la­tors and pol­icy mak­ers.

The dates are: Bris­bane – Tues­day, Au­gust 1 Mel­bourne – Fri­day, Au­gust 3 Syd­ney – Thurs­day, Au­gust 10 Ade­laide – Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 16 Perth – Thurs­day, Au­gust 17.

Brett Wright

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