Media releases

Joint Release: Heavy vehicle health check to kick off in May

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is urging heavy vehicle operators to use their Daily Safety Checklist, ahead of the second major health check of Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet.

Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack said heavy vehicle operators should take a few minutes before each trip to check basic safety items on their vehicle.

“A quick visual inspection can identify any issues and give you peace of mind that the vehicle is safe and ready for the journey,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

Australian first: New report proves long-held belief that good vehicle maintenance improves road safety

A new report from Australia’s largest trucking insurer and the industry regulator has confirmed operators who effectively maintain their vehicles are less likely to be involved in an incident.

For the first time, the trucking industry regulator and leading insurer have shared de-identified critical road crash data, with the aim of improving road safety.

NHVR welcomes Rod Hannifey’s appointment as NRFA president

The NHVR has welcomed the appointment of well-known trucking safety advocate Rod Hannifey as president of the National Road Freighters Association (NRFA).

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said Mr Hannifey’s appointment would ensure smaller operators continue to have a strong voice when it comes to heavy vehicle safety reform.

“Rod has shown he’s willing to tackle just about any issue that leads to a safer outcome for heavy vehicle drivers and it’s often a practical solution that’s born out of decades of experience,” Mr Petroccitto said.

Easter travel restrictions 2021

Some states and territories have travel restrictions in place over the Easter holiday period for agricultural, oversize/overmass and special purpose heavy vehicles.

The information below outlines the most common Easter restrictions, however this list is not exhaustive and we recommend operators check their permits and relevant notices to confirm what restrictions are applicable and check with the relevant state and territory road transport authorities.

NHVR enters Sunshine Coast transport company premises

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and Queensland Police Service (QPS) last week entered the premises of a Sunshine Coast based transport company to investigate the company’s compliance with the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

NHVR and QPS identified evidence of engine remapping, which meant emissions controls and speed limiting systems were not operating in accordance with the Australian Design Rules.

Defect notices were issued for the relevant vehicles and a direction has been given to the operator to remedy the issues while investigations are ongoing.

NHVR files primary duties charges against South Australia company

Primary duties offences have been laid against a South Australian manufacturing company and its executive following an incident in February 2019.

The company has been charged with category 1, 2 and 3 offences under the Heavy Vehicle National Law while the executive has been charged with failure comply with a duty.

The charges stem from the incorrect restraint of a load on a trailer by someone who had not been adequately trained in load restraint nor had any relevant experience restraining loads on heavy vehicles.

New Electronic Work Diary approval

The NHVR has approved a third Electronic Work Diary (EWD) option, which will be available for use from next month.

NHVR Chief Regulatory Policy & Standards Officer Don Hogben said, following consideration by an assessment panel, the NHVR has approved Netstar’s Garmin Fleet 7XX Series for use as an official record for heavy vehicle driver work and rest hours from January 11, 2021.

"The first two approved EWDs have been available across Australia since December 1 and drivers and operators will now have access to an additional product option,” Mr Hogben said.

Survey fact sheets for driver info day

According to a sector breakdown of the results from the NHVR Heavy Vehicle Industry Safety Survey 2020, the General Freight sector is the most aware of the regulator’s industry Safety Management Systems guidance materials.

NHVR Manager Industry Engagement John Gilbert said the Survey’s detailed information would be passed onto heavy vehicle drivers at the next NHVR Truck Driver Information Day this week.

“NHVR staff will be joined by Police and local transport authorities at BP Charlton, just west of Toowoomba in Queensland," Mr Gilbert said.

NHVR files primary duties charges in South Australia

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has laid primary duties charges against an operator and company director in relation to a fatal incident at Clements Gap, South Australia.

NHVR Executive Director Ray Hassall said the charges came as a result of an investigation by specialist Major Crash and Heavy Vehicle investigation sections of the South Australia Police.

“This is a tragic incident, where someone lost their life, and these charges stem from a comprehensive investigation that found an alleged breach of the primary safety duty,” Ray said.

NHVR repeals prohibition notice following action

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has today lifted the prohibition notice issued to Melbourne-based Sidhu Investments (QLD) Pty Ltd*, trading as Auswide Linehaul Services.

NHVR Executive Director Statutory Compliance Ray Hassall said the company had taken actions since the prohibition notice was issued.

“The NHVR believes as a result of the corrective actions taken since the issue of the prohibition notice that the immediate or imminent serious risk to the health or safety described in the notice no longer exists,” Mr Hassall said.

Punjab enters into undertaking to address safety risks

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has today repealed the prohibition notice issued to Melbourne-based Punjab Roadtrains Pty Ltd[1], trading as Auswide Transport Solutions, and associated company Southern Cross Freight Lines Pty Ltd.

NHVR Executive Director Statutory Compliance Ray Hassall said that Punjab had entered into an undertaking with the regulator after providing evidence of improvements to practices.

“We have repealed this notice following Punjab entering into a detailed undertaking," Mr Hassall said.

JOINT STATEMENT: Record funding call for heavy vehicle safety programs

Livestock loading frames are an example of a heavy vehicle safety program funded under the HVSI.

Australian heavy vehicle safety programs will receive another significant boost with the launch of Round 6 of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI).

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the Federal Government had provided $5.55 million to back submissions from community and industry groups to improve heavy vehicle safety on Australian roads.