The NHVR has commenced an investigation into two Tasmanian heavy vehicle companies in relation to possible maintenance and mass breaches under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).
NHVR Director Investigations Steve Underwood said NHVR officers recently entered the companies’ premises in relation to alleged breaches of safety duties under the HVNL. The companies were also required to present heavy vehicles for inspection.
“This was a joint operation conducted in partnership with Tasmanian Police, NHVR Safety and Compliance officers and NHVR Investigators,” Mr Underwood said.
“Both these companies have had vehicles inspected in the past where serious defects were detected.
“This is a timely reminder to all parties in the heavy vehicle supply chain to ensure they are aware of their responsibilities in relation to heavy vehicle safety.”
A similar joint Agency approach to investigations has been adopted in other jurisdictions including NSW, Victoria and South Australia.
Reforms to Chain of Responsibility laws were introduced in October 2018 following an extensive education and information program by the NHVR.
Under the changes, each party in the heavy vehicle supply chain is liable and responsible to the extent of their level of influence and control over the particular transport task.
For more information on changes to Chain of Responsibility, laws visit www.nhvr.gov.au/cor
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