The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has today lifted the prohibition notice issued to Melbourne-based Sidhu Investments (QLD) Pty Ltd*, trading as Auswide Linehaul Services.
NHVR Executive Director Statutory Compliance Ray Hassall said the company had taken actions since the prohibition notice was issued.
“The NHVR believes as a result of the corrective actions taken since the issue of the prohibition notice that the immediate or imminent serious risk to the health or safety described in the notice no longer exists,” Mr Hassall said.
Since the issue of the notice Sidhu has:
- Engaged with a third-party provider to provide driver training and conduct skill-based assessments;
- Introduced controls for fatigue management and training, fitness for duty, non-conformance management, incident management, vehicle safety and due diligence;
- Managed and conducted the inspection of 65 prime movers and heavy trailers in four different states to ensure the fleet is free of defects;
- Engaged an external Safety Consultant to assist with the implementation of procedures and ongoing training to all staff including drivers; and
- Continued the installation of real-time monitoring of driver fatigue software throughout their fleet.
"The NHVR will continue to actively monitor the safety of the heavy vehicle industry and intervene using the full range of tools provided under the HVNL where we believe it to be appropriate."
If you have any concerns about industry safety or compliance, in your workplace or across the supply chain you can make a confidential report by calling the NHVR Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Line on 1800 931 785.
Section 699 of the HVNL makes it an offence to discriminate against or victimise an employee who has given information to a public authority or law enforcement agency in relation to a contravention or alleged contravention of the HVNL.
*ACN 614 456 012
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