NHVR sees positive feedback on technology plan

Blueprint for safety technology uptake given industry thumbs up

NHVR sees positive feedback on technology plan
Image from last month's launch


The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) says it is receiving "widespread industry support" for its Vehicle Safety and Environmental Technology Uptake Plan (SETUP).

Its blueprint supports manufacturers and operators to incorporate latest safety technologies into new and existing heavy vehicles.

NHVR chair Duncan Gay says SETUP, which was launched last month, was crucial to give Australia’s heavy vehicle industry certainty when installing new safety technology.

"To have four leading Australian manufacturers plus industry groups attend the launch and support the plan highlights the value Australia’s heavy vehicle industry places in technology that boosts safety and productivity," Gay says.

"I also welcome the support of Daimler’s Daniel Whitehead, who said the plan was ‘a valuable contribution that has the potential to help the Australian transport industry operate more efficiently, cut emissions and ultimately reduce road accident trauma’."

Read Whitehead's praise for NHVR's Vehicle SETUP, here

The industry regulator's Vehicle SETUP was developed following a survey of manufacturers in 2018 and is designed to meet the targets set out in the Federal Government’s National Road Safety Action Plan 2018-2020.

The plan will be delivered over five work packages, including better harmonisation of Australian vehicle standards, better access to the latest vehicle technologies, ensuring appropriate in-service requirements, and industry education about new and emerging technology.

Australian Trucking Association (ATA) president David Smith was another industry stakeholder to welcome the plan, saying it would bring out the best in Australia’s heavy vehicle industry, "which is renowned for its innovation".

"Our industry has always prided itself on using innovation and technology to overcome the type of operating conditions that are unique to Australia," Smith says.

"The ATA supports any moves to align our standards with global leaders, which will lead to more safety options for operators."


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