NHVR safety and pro­duc­tiv­ity push

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NHVR’s key safety and pro­duc­tiv­ity pro­grams saw ad­vance­ment in the 2016-17 nan­cial year

“NHVR will con­tinue to en­sure all its pro­grams are well-placed to per­form...”

THE NA­TIONAL HEAVY VE­HI­CLE

REG­U­LA­TOR (NHVR) says its key safety and pro­duc­tiv­ity pro­grams saw sig­nif­i­cant ad­vance­ment in the 2016-17 fi­nan­cial year.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroc­citto says Aus­tralia’s heavy-ve­hi­cle in­dus­try is con­tin­u­ing to de­velop in­no­va­tive and op­ti­mised ve­hi­cle de­sign.

He out­lines some of the high­lights of the past 12 months in the lat­est edition of NHVR’s On the Road:

• There were 1403 PBS com­bi­na­tions ap­proved last year, which is a 23 per cent in­crease on the pre­vi­ous year

• An 8.4 per cent growth in per­mit ap­pli­ca­tions to the NHVR

• In­crease in pre-ap­proved routes to 1642

across more than 400 road man­agers

• A to­tal of 6607 op­er­a­tors ap­ply­ing the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Scheme (NHVAS) mass mod­ule to 36,308 ve­hi­cles

• And, a to­tal of 99,421 ve­hi­cles now un­der the main­te­nance mod­ule. While it has seen growth in many im­por­tant ar­eas, NHVR will con­tinue to en­sure all its pro­grams are well-placed to per­form both our cur­rent and fu­ture ac­tiv­i­ties, Petroc­citto says.

“I look for­ward to fur­ther dis­cus­sions with op­er­a­tors in the com­ing months on how we can con­tinue to im­prove and grow these im­por­tant pro­grams for the fu­ture,” he says.

In com­ing months, NHVR will re­lease up­dated busi­ness rules and stan­dards for con­sul­ta­tion to fur­ther im­prove NHVAS.

This in­cludes en­sur­ing all op­er­a­tors have tools avail­able to sup­port a safety man­age­ment sys­tem (SMS) that meets in­dus­try safety stan­dards.

Mov­ing to­wards a for­mal SMS is part of the fu­ture devel­op­ment of NHVAS safety re­quire­ments, NHVR safety and pro­duc­tiv­ity ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Ge­off Casey says.

“The qual­ity man­age­ment sys­tems and fol­low-up au­dit­ing framed within NHVAS means many op­er­a­tors are al­ready mak­ing progress to meet their ‘pri­mary duty’ re­spon­si­bil­i­ties un­der the new chain of re­spon­si­bil­ity laws com­ing in mid-2018,” Casey says.

“The NHVAS cur­rently pre­sents the best plat­form for an oper­a­tor’s fu­ture com­pre­hen­sive SMS.”

Sal Petroc­citto

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