NHVR mes­sage to road trans­port

Big Rigs - - COP THIS LOT - David Vile

THE Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor (NHVR) has taken to the high­way to raise aware­ness of the nu­mer­ous ac­tiv­i­ties it un­der­takes as the in­de­pen­dent na­tional reg­u­la­tor for all heavy ve­hi­cles, and in par­tic­u­lar, the changes coming in 2018 to the cur­rent Chain of Re­spon­si­bil­ity laws.

The Murlo Rest Area, on the north­bound lane of the Hume High­way at Mul­len­gan­dra has re­cently been opened fol­low­ing its com­ple­tion in July this year at a cost of $6.17 mil­lion, which was funded by the New South Wales and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ments.

Its lo­ca­tion on Aus­tralia’s busiest freight cor­ri­dor, which sees over 5000 truck move­ments per day, made it an ideal lo­ca­tion for the NHVR, along with other reg­u­la­tory bod­ies from two states to hold an aware­ness and in­for­ma­tion day on Septem­ber 7.

Co-or­di­nated by Tim Hansen and Si­mone Rein­ert­sen from the NHVR, the day pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for driv­ers to learn of the up­com­ing changes to the Chain of Re­spon­si­bil­ity laws and Gen­eral / Con­ces­sional / Higher Mass Lim­its in­for­ma­tion.

Feed­back was re­ceived and fur­ther dis­cus­sion re­gard­ing per­mits and the Na­tional Har­mon­i­sa­tion Pro­gram, which aims to im­prove heavy ve­hi­cle reg­u­la­tion Aus­tralia-wide.

The close prox­im­ity of the Murlo Rest Area to the New-South-Wales/Vic­to­rian bor­der al­lowed for some cross-bor­der rep­re­sen­ta­tion, with VicRoads, NSW Roads and Mar­itime Ser­vice and the Al­bury High­way Pa­trol branch of the NSW Po­lice also in at­ten­dance.

“We thought we would com­bine our re­sources be­ing so close to the bor­der,” Mr Hansen said.

“We have made our­selves avail­able with the other agen­cies, this is part of the first wave of in­for­ma­tion ses­sions re­gard­ing Chain of Re­spon­si­bil­ity, with com­ments re­gard­ing driver is­sues wel­comed – the feed­back and ideas of driv­ers is in­vited.

“It’s been ideal pre­sent­ing it with a range of part­ners.”

Fur­ther details re­gard­ing the Chain of Re­spon­si­bil­ity changes and other in­for­ma­tion can be found on the NHVR web­site at www.nhvr.gov.au

❝ We thought we would com­bine our re­sources be­ing so close to the bor­der. — Tim Hansen

PHOTO: DAVID VILE

LET’S TALK: The NHVR dis­play set up at the Murlo Rest Area on the north­bound lane of the Hume High­way at Mul­len­gan­dra.

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