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Deakin selected to create new campaign targeting young drivers' behaviour around trucks

The City of Greater Bendigo is pleased to announce that Deakin University has been selected to create a new awareness campaign #GetTruckWise aimed at young drivers and their behaviour around trucks.

Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said Deakin University’s CADET Virtual Reality Lab was selected for their expertise in creating immersive and engaging experiences after a competitive tender.

Dubbo and Forbes Saleyards review concluded

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has concluded a review of Improvement Notices issued to Forbes Shire Council and Dubbo Regional Council by Roads and Maritime Services NSW (RMS) under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL). 

NHVR Executive Director Statutory Compliance Ray Hassall said that the NHVR had provided the councils with guidance about their responsibilities as Loading Managers under Chain of Responsibility legislation. 

Joint release: Permit reform to boost heavy vehicle industry

The Palaszczuk Government has announced it will slash red tape for heavy vehicles in a move set to save industry more than $1 million in fees and 3,300 hours in paperwork.

Permit durations for Class 1 Oversize Overmass (OSOM) load-carrying vehicles will now be extended to 12 months, following a review of OSOM vehicles last year.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the Palaszczuk Government had worked closely with industry on the initiative, and to create national consistency for the heavy vehicle industry.

Supercars star heads new road safety campaign

Australian Supercars star and current commentator Garth Tander will head a new heavy vehicle safety campaign which encourages all road users to give trucks space.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the We Need Space campaign would provide advice on how light vehicle drivers should act when they are around trucks.

“Recent research shows that light vehicles cause up to four-out-of-five crashes involving heavy vehicles,” Mr Petroccitto said.

NHVR welcomes the reappointment of Minister McCormack

NHVR welcomes the reappointment of Minister McCormack

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has welcomed the re-appointment of Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack as Federal Transport, Infrastructure and Regional Development Minister.

NHVR Chair Duncan Gay said he looked forward to continuing to work with Mr McCormack to deliver on-going heavy vehicle safety and productivity reforms across Australia.

NHVR congratulates returned Morrison Government

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has congratulated the Morrison Government on being returned during the recent Federal Election.

NHVR Chair Duncan Gay said he looked forward to continuing the strong cooperation between the NHVR and the Federal Government.

“The NHVR had a constructive working relationship with the Federal Government over the past term,” Mr Gay said.

“We look forward to continuing this relationship as we work toward increasing heavy vehicle safety and productivity.

JOINT RELEASE: Report shows one in five new heavy vehicles PBS approved

One in five relevant new heavy vehicles manufactured in Australia are now PBS approved, according to the second annual report into Australia’s PBS scheme released today.

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) CEO Sal Petroccitto said the joint report by the Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) and the NHVR demonstrated the success of Australia’s world-leading PBS scheme.

National fatigue compliance remains steady

The NHVR has welcomed the response from heavy vehicle drivers who continue to meet fatigue laws, following a recent national operation.

NHVR Chief Operations Officer Paul Salvati said the national operation Wake Up, held during April, inspected more than 4400 vehicles across 105 locations in all states and territories, except Northern Territory.

“Of the fatigue-related vehicles there were 3272 compliant drivers, which was 93 per cent – a similar level to the national operations conducted last year,” Mr Salvati said.

Route pre-approval maps fast track for route planning

Heavy vehicle operators will have access to 1500 additional routes when planning a journey, with extra functionality added to the mapping system on the NHVR Portal.

NHVR Chairman Duncan Gay told today’s 2019 NatRoad Conference that a growing number of National Notices and access to pre-approved routes were improving heavy vehicle access across Australia.

“I want to continue to grow the number of ways we allow more efficient and safe access to the network and reduce the time it takes to receive an access permit,” Mr Gay said.

Class 1 Ag Notice starts

A new National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Notice is in place across large parts of regional Australia, removing the need to apply for permits to move many agricultural combinations on public roads.

NHVR Executive Director Freight and Supply Chain Productivity Peter Caprioli said almost two-thirds of local government areas had now agreed to the Notice, which simplified the movement of large agricultural equipment and provided clearer guidelines for primary producers.

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