NHVR to look at enforcement summit idea

Regulator keen for all sides to have an improved understanding of their accountabilities

NHVR to look at enforcement summit idea
Shearer wants compliance effort to focus on serious safety issues


The South Australian Road Transport Association is calling for a national summit on enforcement policy and practices.

It has written to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) outlining its concerns and the regulator’s office has pledged to consider the idea.

"The NHVR’s mission is to work with industry to deliver strong safety outcomes.

"Achieving compliance with the law is an important step towards good safety.

"The NHVR wants to ensure that operators understand and can achieve what the law requires, and that there is a shared understanding between government and industry about when, how and why enforcement sanctions should be used by the NHVR’s service providers.

"We particularly want to ensure that everyone in the industry has an improved understanding of their accountabilities.

"As we commence our work to secure a national approach to compliance and enforcement, we’ll be looking for industry o bring to the NHVR their issues and priorities and SARTA’s contribution will be valued.

"The NHVR will consider SARTA’s suggestion for a summit and respond in due course."

SARTA Executive Director Steve Shearer has been vocal about the focus on police and road authorities on minor infringements in his state but his organisation sees wider enforcement issues in need of national attention.

"We have a divergence of views among agencies and jurisdictions regarding enforcement matters when what we should have and need to focus on developing as a high priority, is a convergence of views and policies," SARTA says.

"With the NHVL now in place and agencies adapting their practices, or not, to the NHVL, now is the time to pull everyone, including industry, together."

Points in need of attention include:

  • compliance reality in the industry
  • key issues which, if resolved, would deliver the greatest safety gains
  • best strategies to tackle those key issues
  • where should the enforcement focus be  between compliance and safety
  • effective management of and response to on-road breaches;
  • addressing the recalcitrant minority of repeat and serious offenders without destroying the viability of the industry;
  • getting General Duties Officers in police forces onto the same page as the specialists.

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