NHVR safety and productivity programs march on in 2016-17


National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme saw marked improvement in past 12 months

NHVR safety and productivity programs march on in 2016-17
Petroccitto says NHVR is working on further improvements across all its programs.

 

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) says its key safety and productivity programs saw significant advancement in the 2016-17 financial year.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says Australia’s heavy vehicle industry is continuing to develop innovative and optimised vehicle design.

He outlines some of the highlights of the past 12 months in the latest edition of NHVR's On the Road:

  • there were 1403 PBS combinations approved last year, which is a 23 per cent increase on the previous year 
  • an 8.4 per cent growth in permit applications to the NHVR 
  • increase in pre-approved routes to 1642 across over 400 road managers 
  • 6607 operators applying the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) mass module to 36,308 vehicles 
  • and a total of 99,421 vehicles now under the maintenance module.

While it has seen growth in many important areas, NHVR will continue to ensure all its programs are well placed to perform both our current and future activities, Petroccitto says.

"I look forward to further discussions with operators in the coming months on how we can continue to improve and grow these important programs for the future," he says.

In the coming months, NHVR will release updated business rules and standards for consultation to further improve NHVAS.

This includes ensuring all operators have tools available to support a safety management system (SMS) that meets industry safety standards.

Moving towards a formal SMS is part of the future development of NHVAS safety requirements, NHVR safety and productivity executive director Geoff Casey says.

"The quality management systems and follow-up auditing framed within NHVAS means many operators are already making progress to meet their 'primary duty' responsibilities under the new chain of responsibility laws coming in mid-2018," Casey says.

"The NHVAS currently presents the best platform for an operator’s future comprehensive SMS."

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