Big dol­lars for Code of Prac­tice

Big Rigs - - INDUSTRY NEWS -

DE­VEL­OP­MENT of an in­dus­try mas­ter code of prac­tice for heavy ve­hi­cle safety is pro­gress­ing well with the project re­ceiv­ing $200,000 of Com­mon­wealth Gov­ern­ment fund­ing as­sis­tance un­der the NHVR’s Heavy Ve­hi­cle Safety Ini­tia­tive pro­gram.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroc­citto said the in­dus­try-wide mas­ter code will pro­vide con­sis­tent and risk-based ap­proaches to im­prov­ing safety and com­pli­ance with the Heavy Ve­hi­cle Na­tional Law (HVNL).

“Led by the Australian Lo­gis­tics Coun­cil (ALC) and the Australian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (ATA), the mas­ter code will help adopters to iden­tify, as­sess and mit­i­gate risks to meet their obli­ga­tions un­der the na­tional law and im­prove safety,”Mr Petroc­citto said.

ALC and ATA have es­tab­lished a com­pany called Safe Truck­ing and Sup­ply Chains Limited to de­velop the code of prac­tice.

Safe Truck­ing and Sup­ply Chains Chair­man John West wel­comed the sup­port of the NHVR for the project.

“This is a huge op­por­tu­nity for all op­er­a­tors in the sup­ply chain to be able to ben­e­fit from this in­dus­try mas­ter code be­ing pro­duced and ul­ti­mately placed on the web for all to use,” Mr West said.

“The co-op­er­a­tion of the NHVR and the Com­mon­wealth Gov­ern­ment in sup­port­ing ALC and the ATA to fa­cil­i­tate this will ben­e­fit many in the sup­ply chain well into the fu­ture.”

The Mas­ter Code will ad­dress the man­age­ment of speed, fa­tigue, mass, di­men­sion and load­ing and ve­hi­cle stan­dards un­der the HVNL, par­tic­u­larly as it re­lates to the new pri­mary duty as part of chain of re­spon­si­bil­ity amend­ments due to com­mence in mid-2018.

A Reg­is­tered In­dus­try Code of Prac­tice out­lines guid­ance, pro­ce­dures and best prac­tice prin­ci­ples for par­ties in the chain of re­spon­si­bil­ity to im­ple­ment safety stan­dards.

By adopt­ing these codes, busi­nesses can re­duce their risk of non-com­pli­ance.


SUP­PORTED: Safe Truck­ing and Sup­ply Chains Chair John West with NHVR CEO Sal Petroc­citto.

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