Heavy Vehicle National Law Review Working Group findings

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Members in the transport and heavy vehicle sectors have been facing issues surrounding fatigue management, easy access to routes and safer practices in relation to the transport sector and heavy vehicles.

A focus of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) Review is to look at how businesses approach these issues in their day to day operations and our Working Group last week was a good opportunity for members to share their views.

Fatigue management remains an issue for members and it would appear that the key stumbling block ahead for members will be developing an effective and verifiable method of determining an operator’s impairment as a consequence of fatigue.

We will be facilitating more in depth meetings with members with attendees to better understand their unique issues. Those in attendance at the Working Group were able to identify practical recommendations to the latest HVNL Issues Papers, a good first step in determining how we should move forward with further inquiries.

Ultimately, the National Transport Commissions goals from the Review are to achieve the following and it is important that you forward your views to us to ensure a better outcome for the industry:

  • safer outcomes
  • effective fatigue risk management
  • continuous improvement in risk controls
  • a harmonised approach (rather than a uniform one)
  • more simple and flexible compliance options
  • efficient enforcement and proportional sanctions

For further information on the HVNL Review, the latest Issues Papers or to provide feedback to the Review, click here to contact Industry Engagement Specialist, Nathan Groves.