NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said that 90 National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme Approved Auditors would be delivering the NHVR’s high safety standards from July 1 after changes to auditing requirements over the past year.
“The operation of safe, productive and innovative heavy vehicle industry is important for all road users,” Mr Petroccitto said.
"All our auditors are now approved under the enhanced registration criteria in the NHVAS Business Rules and Standards that will standardise the way audits are conducted and strengthen the quality of audits and auditors.
“The new criteria include requirements to hold technical competencies for heavy vehicles, which may include mechanical qualifications or successfully completing training recognised by the NHVR.
“To assist auditors in meeting these higher requirements the NHVR developed and delivered an Auditors technical competency course in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane.”
The course provided knowledge to the auditors in relation to the critical safety components on a heavy vehicle and ensured an appropriate level of checks and balances are undertaken during the audit process, particularly for maintenance management. A total of 107 candidates successfully completed the course.
In December 2015, the NHVR also released a newly revised NHVAS Audit Framework which included an Auditor Code of Conduct and updated matrices.
Beverly Betts from Betts Transport in NSW said since the NHVR took over running the Scheme, conducting NHVAS business has never been better.
“NHVAS is the best of its kind to be part of and we truly value being a member,” Ms Betts said.
The NHVAS now administers 95,000 vehicles under the maintenance management module and 33,000 vehicles under the Mass Management module. This tops last year’s record of 92,500 vehicles in maintenance and 31,000 in mass management.