All operators accredited under the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) will now benefit from three months advanced notice of when audits are due.
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) CEO Sal Petroccitto said the NHVR had listened to operators and increased the NHVAS audit reminder period from one month to three months ahead of the due date.
“Many accredited operators told us that a one-month advance reminder just wasn’t long enough,” Mr Petroccitto said.
“The NHVR has increased this to help operators meet their requirements. The earlier reminder will help operators to book and complete their audits on time.”
Operators can submit the compliance audit and Existing accreditation holders application to the NHVR as early as six months before their accreditation expires. Operators must lodge at least one month before their expiry date.
“Not all operators were sent reminders prior to the NHVR’s administration of the scheme— now everyone receives a reminder,” Mr Petroccitto said.
“We recommend that operators contact their auditors well ahead of the deadline, because NHVAS is growing strongly,” he said.
Membership of the NHVAS is currently growing at a rate of 10.2%. At present, there are more than 7,200 transport businesses accredited under the NHVAS, with a combined fleet of more than 90,000 heavy vehicles.
An NHVAS auditor cannot conduct more than two consecutive audits on each of the NHVAS modules for mass, maintenance, or fatigue.
“To be sure of meeting this rule, operators are encouraged to complete the Compliance Audit Notification (CAN) form. Operators should submit this form 28 days before an audit to ensure there won’t be a problem,” said Mr Petroccitto.
“We’re always grateful to operators for the feedback—it helps the NHVR to keep improving,” Mr Petroccitto said.
For more information on NHVAS modules and audit requirements, and to download forms, visit the NHVAS section of this site or call 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487).
Under the NHVAS, heavy vehicle operators can apply for accreditation under Mass Management, Maintenance Management, Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) and Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM).
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