Con­nect­ing with the in­dus­try

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IT’S NOT just about show trucks at events such as the Alexandra Truck, Ute and Rod Show.

The Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor (NHVR) is also tak­ing ad­van­tage of the large at­ten­dance as means to con­nect with owner-driv­ers and small fleet op­er­a­tors, ac­cord­ing to Si­mone Rein­ert­sen.

Based in Mel­bourne, Si­mone is the NHVR’s stake­holder spe­cial­ist – en­gage­ment and part­ner­ships – for Vic­to­ria, Tas­ma­nia and South Aus­tralia.

“We have real trou­ble though get­ting to the smaller op­er­a­tors, farm­ers that may not deal with us reg­u­larly, owner-driv­ers and such,” Si­mone says.

“An event like this al­lows us to con­nect to those peo­ple who per­haps are too busy do­ing their jobs to re­ally start look­ing for what the NHVR can do to help them.

“We’re do­ing more and more work like this, get­ting out and about to truck stops and to weigh­bridges, and meet­ing with op­er­a­tors and just help­ing them to un­der­stand their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties un­der the law.”

She says one area of fo­cus is the changes to the chain of re­spon­si­bil­ity law com­ing in 2018.

“We’ve got about 12 months to in­form and ed­u­cate in­dus­try,” she says.

Si­mone says she came away im­pressed with the Alexandra show.

“It’s good fun, meet­ing with good op­er­a­tors, real op­er­a­tors,” she adds.

“So I’ll be here next year.”

The NHVR’s Si­mone Rein­ert­sen

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