Opinion: Stay compliant with TruckSafe

By: Ferdie Kroon

A responsible management solution – strengthening the chain

Opinion: Stay compliant with TruckSafe
Ferdie Kroon


Are you up to date with the latest Chain of Responsibility requirements? TruckSafe is, and we can help you get up to speed too.

TruckSafe is a world-class business and risk management system that aims to improve the safety and professionalism of trucking operators nationwide. In a recent report into heavy vehicle accreditation schemes by Peter Medlock, TruckSafe was identified as a comprehensive and robust scheme, and was praised for its best-practice systems.

The Australian Government set up the review after the ATA lodged a formal complaint to the Commonwealth Treasury about the competitive neutrality breaches involved in NHVAS. It is government policy that members of schemes like TruckSafe should get the same regulator benefits as those in government schemes – but they still don’t.

For years, customers and operators have looked to TruckSafe as a strong accreditation system. Thanks to AEI Transport Insurance, TruckSafe has been recognising the efforts of our longstanding members, distributing 15 and 20 year TruckSafe awards. These awards recognise the commitment of our members in implementing the program to foster a strong culture of safety in every part of their business.

Among those longstanding members there is Gerard Johnson Transport, who joined in 1997. Gerard Johnson says he joined the program because it gave confidence of compliance and showed suppliers they were a reliable company. TruckSafe makes sure all the bases are covered and keeps you updated with industry change.

And as we know, the trucking industry is constantly changing. Last year, we saw big changes to truck safety laws and the introduction of the new master industry code of practice. In challenging times that may lead to operators becoming confused and frustrated, TruckSafe plays an important role in providing members with confidence of compliance.

Read about the TruckSafe accreditation update, here

To bring TruckSafe into line with strengthened duties in the Heavy Vehicle National Law and the master industry code of practice, we have developed a new set of standards. These new standards will come into force for accredited TruckSafe members on October 1, 2019 and deliver a new era of safety accreditation.

At the ATA’s Trucking Australia conference held in Perth earlier this year, we took a close look at the standards and how they will deliver master code and chain of responsibility compliance. This was a chance for trucking operators and business to find out how they will be affected by the standards and how they can benefit business.

Delegates heard from TruckSafe director Julie Russell, who gave an in-depth insight into how operators can upgrade their systems from the 2017 standard to the 2019 standards, with real life tips and tricks.

The session also saw Coles National Transport Safety Manager David Clark show how industry customers can benefit from using TruckSafe operators, while TruckSafe auditor Stuart Williams took a deep-dive into what the auditors will be looking out for.

The new standards will deliver significant and measurable benefits to members including client confidence, increased productivity, improved safety outcomes, cost savings and business management solutions.

Are you ready for the new standards? Make sure you’re covered. Join TruckSafe today.

For more information about TruckSafe or to become an accredited member, head to www.trucksafe.com.au


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