NHVR orders accreditation schemes review
NHVAS to join TruckSafe and WAHVAS in extensive comparison
THE NATIONAL HEAVY VEHICLE REGULATOR (NHVR) has commissioned an independent review into heavy vehicle accreditation schemes to support improved road safety.
The review will inform future structural and operational improvements in the schemes, according to the regulator.
The move comes three years after National Transport Commission (NTC) CEO Paul Retter called for a single accreditation model and in a year when the Australia Trucking Association ( ATA) campaigned in support of the industry’s Trucksafe scheme, backed by TruckSafe Industry Accreditation Council chair Professor Michael Coper.
“Heavy vehicle accreditation schemes have proven benefits for road safety across a number of heavy vehicle sectors, including trucks, cranes and buses,” NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says.
“The national roadworthiness survey released earlier this year showed major nonconformities for vehicles in accreditation schemes dropped from 13 per cent to 9 per cent.
“That said, I believe it is time to independently review the systems and processes to ensure they deliver the future safety outcomes our growing industry requires.
“The review will look at a range of factors, including governance and oversight, rules and standards, as well as examining associated assurance activities.
“I’ve also asked for feedback on the safety merits of requiring operators that subcontract on government infrastructure projects to be accredited.”
The review will begin with a marketplace scan to identify the bestpractice approach for accreditation schemes, and identify inconsistencies that exist between schemes.
It will examine schemes such as Western Australian Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme ( WAHAV) and the NHVR’s National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme, as well as industry schemes such as TruckSafe. The review will also take into account relevant experience from overseas.
WARTA executive officer Cam Dumesny backed the move, adding that WAHVAS already has mandatory modules “so we don’t have the competing systems issues between ALC, ATA and NHVR”.
Dumesny notes that WA Main Roads has also commenced its planned review of the WAHVA.
Transport expert Peter Medlock will conduct the NHVR review, which is expected to take up to eight weeks to complete.
“Accreditation schemes have proven bene ts for road safety across a number of heavy vehicle sectors”