NHVR sees NHVAS primarily in safety terms

By: Rob McKay


National regulator yet to address competitive neutrality issues

NHVR sees NHVAS primarily in safety terms
Battle of the accreditation schemes

 

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has played a straight bat to Australian Trucking Association’s (ATA’s) critique of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS).

The ATA has argued for a "level playing field" for its TruckSafe safety accreditation program in its submission to the federal Treasury’s competitive neutrality policy review exercise.

"The NHVR’s primary focus is heavy vehicle safety and the safety of all road users," NHVR executive director, productivity & safety Geoff Casey says.

"We encourage all heavy vehicle operators to take additional safety measures whether they are registered under the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme or another similar scheme."

The NHVAS was first offered to industry in 1999 and has been under the NHVR since 2013.

ATA CEO Ben Maguire says the submission is about focusing on a remedy to an ongoing competitive challenge.

"The issue has been discussed at an industry level for many years and I’m please to support the conversation about a possible remedy," Maguire adds.

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