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Victoria work permit update

From 11:59pm 5 August, workers in permitted industries must carry a Worker Permit issued and signed by their employer while within the Melbourne area. This includes the freight industry.

The form requires details of essential work activity on a rolling 7 day schedule. All requirements of fatigue regulations still apply. Drivers must not drive while impaired by fatigue and must continue to comply with work and rest requirements.

Don’t pressure truckies as COVID restriction starts

Trucking industry customers must not make demands that would affect safety if there are delays due to Victoria’s COVID restrictions, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) CEO Sal Petroccitto and Australian Trucking Association CEO Ben Maguire said today.

Mr Petroccitto said the Heavy Vehicle National Law imposed duties on the trucking industry’s customers as well as trucking businesses.

NHVR welcomes industry support for technology blueprint

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has welcomed widespread industry support for a blueprint to support manufacturers and operators to incorporate the latest safety technology into new and existing heavy vehicles.

NHVR Chair Duncan Gay said the Vehicle Safety and Environmental Technology Uptake Plan (SETUP), launched last month, was crucial to give Australia’s heavy vehicle industry certainty when installing new safety technology.

Hunter Region notice to slash permit numbers

A new network has been established to support the movement of oversize over mass (OSOM) mining equipment across the Hunter Valley.

NHVR Freight and Supply Chain Productivity Executive Director Peter Caprioli said the New South Wales Class 1 Load Carrying Combination (Hunter Region) Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice would reduce red tape and provide certainty for the local mining and freight industry.

Partnership delivers livestock effluent disposal point

Joint Announcement

A new livestock effluent disposal pit at the Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange (HRLE) was opened earlier this month and is now available to all livestock transporters. 

HRLE Manager Paul Christopher said the project was a joint initiative of the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) and Horsham Rural City Council (Council) and funded under the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative.

Tell us about bridges and culverts

Truck on bridge

The Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP) is working with local governments and industry to identify bridges and culverts that need engineering assessments to improve access for OSOM vehicles.

The Phase 1 Pilot is well underway with 100 bridges and culverts across 12 councils now being assessed by engineers. Visit the SLGAAP project site to view the full list of councils and the assets involved in the pilot.

NHVR encourages heavy vehicle industry to get involved

NTC Consultation

The NHVR has welcomed the release of a consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) of the review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said that considerable work has gone into the development of the consultation RIS during an extensive consultation period.

“Since its introduction in 2014, the HVNL has raised numerous issues for the industry and the regulator and time is right for a new approach,” Sal said.