The Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor has launched a new con­fi­den­tial re­port­ing hot­line to ad­dress truck safety un­der the HVNL

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The Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor (NHVR) has launched a con­fi­den­tial hot­line to ad­dress truck safety un­der the Heavy Ve­hi­cle Na­tional Law (HVNL).

The Heavy Ve­hi­cle Con­fi­den­tial Re­port­ing Hot­line will op­er­ate na­tion­ally and all driv­ers, sup­ply chain em­ploy­ees and gen­eral road users are en­cour­aged to re­port safety con­cerns.

These can in­clude an in­ci­dent or sit­u­a­tion af­fect­ing heavy ve­hi­cle safety or any un­safe pro­ce­dure or prac­tice that en­dan­gers safety of leads to non-com­pli­ance with the HVNL.

Deputy prime min­is­ter and min­is­ter for in­fra­struc­ture and trans­port Michael McCor­mack says the na­tional con­fi­den­tial re­port­ing line will al­low heavy ve­hi­cle safety con­cerns to be re­ported to the NHVR, which will then as­sess the com­plaint.

“The con­fi­den­tial re­port­ing line will pro­tect the iden­tity of the re­port­ing in­di­vid­ual through­out all stages of the process,” McCor­mack says. “Any­one with a safety con­cern can call 1800 931 785, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

The hot­line was funded by the Aus­tralian Govern­ment through a $250,000 grant from the Heavy Ve­hi­cle Safety Ini­tia­tive and is be­ing com­mended by the Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (ATA).

“This re­port­ing line is wel­come news for the truck­ing in­dus­try, as safety is ev­ery­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity,” ATA Chair Ge­off Crouch says. “Many em­ploy­ees and op­er­a­tors, if pressed to act il­le­gally, are wor­ried about los­ing their con­tract so they are afraid to re­port breaches.”

NHVR CEO Sal Petroc­citto says the Heavy Ve­hi­cle Con­fi­den­tial Re­port­ing Line will be op­er­ated by Crime Stop­pers Queens­land, us­ing their ex­pe­ri­ence in re­ceiv­ing con­fi­den­tial calls and en­sur­ing they are pro­cessed prop­erly.

Michael McCor­mack

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