It’s been a period of intense scrutiny for the road transport industry and now comes some action from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).
The regulator has announced it will fast-track safety tools and an education campaign to assist heavy vehicle operators implement Safety Management Systems.
The NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto saying the actions are a direct response to the spate of serious heavy vehicle crashes that have occurred in recent times.
“The NHVR will release a range of guidance and support tools in the coming months to assist heavy vehicle operators to improve safety and also help them meet new Chain of Responsibility laws, which will be introduced in mid-2018.
“These new laws will require the entire heavy vehicle supply chain to take responsibility for heavy vehicle safety.”
And Mr Petroccitto has pleaded with drivers to slow down, and for operators to ensure their vehicles are road worthy.
“There are some simple steps operators should take such as a regular safety checklist for maintenance, mass, loading and fitness for duty including fatigue.
“Something as simple as a daily check can ensure the safety of both the driver and other road users by giving operators confidence their vehicle and driver are in good working order.
“I am urging all road users and in particular heavy vehicle operators across Australia to take extra care on the road as the school holiday season comes to an end.”
Stay up to date with further developments on heavy vehicle road safety with us through 2018.