NHVR Working Group and Information Evening last week

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MTA members had the opportunity last week, despite the wild weather, to attend our second National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Member Information Night for the year.

More than 65 members attended to receive first-hand information in regards to Chain of Responsibility Laws which came into effect on October 1 this year, along with other industry issues. NHVR State Operations Manager Paul Simianato together with others from the national regulator reported that South Australia has achieved an 85% to 90% compliance rate with the National Compliance Policy.

The NHVR went through permits, Chain of Responsibility updates and questions were put forward from attendees across a range of topics. The NHVR went through and responded to many of these questions and once we will receive a written response, we will forward a Question and Answer article to MTA members.

Last Wednesday also saw the NHVR State Working Group.

Many MTA members have expressed frustration over the Heavy Vehicle National Law (NHVL) since its introduction in 2013. This sentiment surrounds permits, fatigue management and the movement of agricultural machinery.

Bill Lane from CMV/South Central Trucks and Roger Quinsey from Adelaide Coachlines attended the Working Group along with the MTA’s CEO Paul Unerkov, allowing us to discuss issues directly with SAPOL, DPTI, the NHVR, SARTA and Grain Producers SA including:

  • Heavy vehicle operators who fail to use low gear on the down track of the SE Freeway will face significantly increased penalties, which should be passed through Parliament soon.
  • The Heavy Vehicle Inspection scheme management tender that has been extended for a further six months.
  • Fatigue management frameworks and permits for heavy vehicles
  • Ongoing work in regards to Oversize / Overmass Machinery requirements
  • Increasing tow truck operator safety
The national regulator has recognised that changes need to be made to the law, with a major review taking place next year.