NHVR or­ders ac­cred­i­ta­tion schemes re­view

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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”

Sal Petroc­citto

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