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