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Safety comes first for in­dus­try

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THE Aus­tralian Lo­gis­tics Coun­cil and the Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion have wel­comed con­fir­ma­tion by the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor that the draft Reg­is­tered In­dus­try Code of Prac­tice (Mas­ter Code) de­vel­oped by both or­gan­i­sa­tions though their joint com­pany, Safe Truck­ing and Sup­ply Chains Ltd, is now open for public con­sul­ta­tion.

Af­ter more than a year of work­ing with trans­port in­dus­try par­tic­i­pants, gov­ern­ments, reg­u­la­tory bod­ies and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of other in­dus­try groups, this pe­riod of public con­sul­ta­tion is an es­sen­tial step in the ap­proval and reg­is­tra­tion of the Mas­ter Code by the NHVR.

“The de­vel­op­ment of the Mas­ter Code has in­cluded an ex­ten­sive pro­gram of en­gage­ment and con­sul­ta­tion with in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives and other stake­hold­ers, to make sure it is rel­e­vant to the needs of op­er­a­tors in their day-to-day busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties,” ALC Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Michael Kil­gar­iff said.

“This fi­nal pe­riod of public con­sul­ta­tion will help to make cer­tain that the Mas­ter Code ac­cu­rately cap­tures all el­e­ments es­sen­tial to the safe con­duct of road trans­port op­er­a­tions, and can de­liver the im­proved road safety out­comes that are a high pri­or­ity for all those in­volved in this in­dus­try.”

ATA chair Ge­off Crouch said the Mas­ter Code ad­dressed the re­quire­ments of the ex­panded Chain of Re­spon­si­bil­ity re­quire­ments un­der the amended Heavy Ve­hi­cle Na­tional Law that would come into ef­fect on Oc­to­ber 1, 2018.

“This Mas­ter Code has been de­vel­oped by the in­dus­try for the in­dus­try, and will al­low those with CoR obli­ga­tions to put into place sys­tems that will as­sist in the man­age­ment of risks re­lat­ing to speed, fa­tigue, mass, di­men­sion and load­ing, and ve­hi­cle stan­dards re­quire­ments un­der the HVNL.”

The public con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod on the Mas­ter Code runs un­til July 31.

Once ap­proved and reg­is­tered by the NHVR, the Mas­ter Code will be freely avail­able to all heavy ve­hi­cle op­er­a­tors and sup­ply chain par­ties via the NHVR web­site.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SAFETY VOICE: ATA chair Ge­off Crouch says the code has the po­ten­tial to rad­i­cally im­prove safety stan­dards.

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