Auswide director welcomes NHVR undertaking agreement

Prohibition notice revoked upon evidence of operational adjustment

Auswide director welcomes NHVR undertaking agreement
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The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has repealed the prohibition notice issued to Melbourne-based Punjab Roadtrains Pty Ltd, trading as Auswide Transport Solutions (ATS), and associated company Southern Cross Freight Lines, after the parties agreed on an undertaking.

Though details are not made public, NHVR executive director statutory compliance Ray Hassall says Punjab had entered into the undertaking with the regulator after providing evidence of improvements to practices.

"We have repealed this notice following Punjab entering into a detailed undertaking," Hassall says.

"The undertaking includes regular milestones that Punjab has committed to meeting to provide evidence of its compliance with the regulator’s requirements."

How the regulator issued the prohibition notices to the companies, here

ATS director Amrit Kankar welcomes the move in a statement on social media, and defends the company’s credentials.

"Auswide Transport Solutions group has a fleet of over 130 trucks and 450 trailers.

"Our business has depots located in all states in mainland Australia and has been delivering time sensitive freight all across Australia for over 10 years for our valued customers.

"Our business was issued a prohibition notice Monday 16th November.

"NHVR and Auswide Transport Solutions has agreed to an undertaking and the prohibition notice has been revoked today [Friday, November 20] at 5pm.

"No enforcement action has been taken by the NHVR against our business as part of this investigation.

"Auswide Transport Solutions still retain all its accreditations with the NHVR.

"We would like to thank all our customers, stakeholders and most importantly our employees that have supported our businesses through this challenging time."

NHVR encourages those with concerns about industry safety or compliance across the supply chain you can make a confidential report via the NHVR Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Line on 1800 931 785.

ATN has sought more information on the undertaking.


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