The NHVR has welcomed the rollout of a user-pay trial by the Australian Livestock Rural Transporters’ Association (ALRTA) to support safety in the unloading of livestock.
The trial, being conducted at Kilcoy Global Foods in South-East Queensland, allows heavy vehicle drivers to use the innovative Parallel Access Landing (PAL).
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the installation of the frame was a key project under the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program.
“The program is providing $102,000 to conduct a feasibility study into user-pay unloading infrastructure,” Sal said.
The PAL frame has been designed to improve productivity and safety and the data collected from this trial will assess whether this system could be rolled out across Australia.
The frame, located at Kilcoy Global Foods, includes AVDATA billing, reporting, monitoring and an access control system. The company has the capacity for 1500 head a day and employs more than 1500 staff.
ALRTA's National President Stephen Marley said the project shows that all supply chain parties are working together on making heavy vehicle transport safer.
"The industry is working together with government to find solutions to some of our most important challenges,” Stephen said.
"I want to see the rate of falls and injury among livestock operators continue to decline.”
Funding for local safety projects continue to play a crucial role in improving heavy vehicle safety and productivity.