Improving the maintenance standards and safety of the heavy vehicle industry will be at the forefront of a comprehensive two day training program that got under way yesterday in Adelaide.
Organised by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), the training program will see heavy vehicle auditors sharpening their skills and processes to strengthen the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) and improve the safety and credibility of the industry.
NHVR Executive Director Productivity and Safety Geoff Casey, said auditing was crucial to ensuring operators comply with the management of their maintenance systems to certify that their heavy vehicles comply with the law.
"The operation of safe and well maintained vehicles on our road network is important for all road users.
"We are enhancing the NHVAS through better quality procedures and processes identified through rationalised auditing.
"The auditor training is part of important changes to the NHVAS Business Rules and Standards which were made earlier this year.
"These changes standardised the way audits are conducted and strengthened the quality of their content.
"Successful audits of a heavy vehicle operator's compliance are critical for entry and retaining NHVAS accreditation.
"These auditors will assist industry achieve a more rigorous, risk based approach to managing the maintenance of their fleet", said Mr Casey.
The course was developed and is delivered by NHVR qualified trainers who are subject matter experts. The course will be taken to various capital cities to provide the opportunity for all NHVAS auditors to attend.
The first course, held in August, conducted in Melbourne had 28 people attend, of which all successfully completed the course and are now recognised as meeting the Mechanical Technical Competencies required for an auditor. Positive feedback received from this course highlighted that the NHVR is engaged with delivering a robust and reliable scheme for both the heavy vehicle industry and the community.
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