NHVR crystalises ambitions for the future
NHVR wants to be central to freight transport’s future role�
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.