NHVR in rollout of body cams for officers

Cameras in effect at intercepts and evidence-gathering activities

NHVR in rollout of body cams for officers
NHVR is following other enforcement agencies in rolling out body cams


National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) safety and compliance officers are being issued body-worn cameras (BWCs) after a recent trial in South Australia and Tasmania.

The BWC is a portable camera worn by NHVR officers to capture audio and video recordings of interactions between officers and those involved in heavy vehicle transport activities.

The regulator also points to important safety benefits by encouraging safe and mutually respectful interactions, with the cameras to be worn during intercepts and evidence-gathering activities by all NHVR officers in SA, Victoria, the ACT and Tasmania.

NHVR officers will notify drivers and operators at the start of the interaction that the camera is capturing audio and video recordings.

Footage from BWCs can be used as evidence in court, and for investigative purposes.

A recent national blitz found industry compliance on the increase

"BWCs are now commonplace for enforcement agencies across the country and many drivers in the heavy vehicle industry will already be familiar with their use," NHVR chief operations officer Paul Salvati says.

"Through using BWCs, we can ensure that evidence collected is accurate, comprehensive and impartial, as well as supporting the timely resolution of disputes when they arise."

"Footage collected is stored and retained in a secure digital evidence management system in accordance with relevant evidence management requirements.

"All access to BWC footage is monitored, tracked and auditable."

More information on the cameras is available here, while footage can be requested on the NHVR’s Right to Information page.


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