NHVR crys­talises am­bi­tions for the fu­ture

NHVR wants to be cen­tral to freight trans­port’s fu­ture role�

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THE NA­TIONAL HEAVY VE­HI­CLE

REG­U­LA­TOR (NHVR) wants to be cen­tral to freight trans­port’s fu­ture role in con­tin­u­ing the na­tion’s eco­nomic suc­cess and needs tools to make that a re­al­ity.

The call is one of the main thrusts of the NHVR’s rec­om­men­da­tions to Na­tional Freight and Sup­ply Chain Strat­egy (NFSCS) as it seeks to in­flu­ence in­dus­try be­hav­iour through greater pow­ers over en­force­ment and mon­i­tor­ing. This can only be done with the req­ui­site re­sources, so it wants cash from the reg­u­la­tory com­po­nent of heavy ve­hi­cle regis­tra­tion charges to fund its op­er­a­tions. But the re­wards prom­ise to be great. “Ac­cord­ing to an assess­ment by the Na­tional Trans­port Com­mis­sion (NTC), im­proved ac­cess for heavy ve­hi­cles alone can de­liver $7 bil­lion in benefits through the re­duc­tion of time and cost for the heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try (with flow-on benefits to other par­ties in the sup­ply chain) in ap­ply­ing for and ob­tain­ing per­mits and elim­i­nat­ing du­pli­ca­tion in reg­u­la­tory func­tions,” the NHVR sub­mis­sion states.

“These benefits will only be re­alised through Aus­tralian gov­ern­ments working with the NHVR and in­dus­try to de­liver on our re­form agenda.”

The sub­mis­sion iden­ti­fies four pri­or­ity ar­eas for road freight re­form: • Re­duc­ing red tape for gov­ern­ment

and in­dus­try • De­liv­er­ing in­creased ac­cess and greater use of higher pro­duc­tiv­ity road freight ve­hi­cles • Im­prov­ing truck safety out­comes through bet­ter reg­u­la­tion and en­force­ment • Use of data and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy to de­liver im­proved safety and ef­fi­ciency out­comes. “The pro­vi­sion of clean and con­sis­tent data from all ju­ris­dic­tions and the in­te­gra­tion of this data across reg­u­la­tory tech­nol­ogy func­tions op­er­ated by the NHVR, in­clud­ing the Na­tional Com­pli­ance In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem, will en­able tar­geted en­force­ment with a fo­cus on im­prov­ing com­pli­ance and safety through­out the in­dus­try,” the sub­mis­sion states.

“The NHVR’s Safety and Com­pli­ance Reg­u­la­tory Plat­form will en­able data to be ac­quired from many sources, al­low­ing the NHVR to col­lect and in­te­grate in­tel­li­gence to sup­port na­tional risk based reg­u­la­tory com­pli­ance and safety ac­tiv­i­ties.”

The NCIS network will mon­i­tor heavy ve­hi­cle travel times, regis­tra­tion sta­tus through the na­tional regis­tra­tion sys­tem and com­pli­ance his­tory.

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