NHVR confidential reporting line reminder amid Covid tensions

Depot, DC and border matters can have COR implications: Regulator

NHVR confidential reporting line reminder amid Covid tensions
Greg Fill


The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has reminded operators of its confidential reporting service, particularly as current changes in operating conditions due to Covid-19 increase the likelihood of stress on industry.

The Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Line (HVCRL) is able to assist with safety issues across the Chain of Responsibility, the regulator pledged.

"This has been a challenging time for our industry, but we don’t want it to worsen by people putting others in danger," NHVR safety assurance director Greg Fill said.

"The HVCRL team are ready and willing to assist with resolving safety issues across the supply chain, such as inappropriate or undue pressure at the depot, the distribution centre or the drop-off point.

"The pressure is being compounded by additional requirements around borders, as well as hygiene and mask-wearing requirements that drivers are having to manage.

"Now more than ever, it’s critical that all businesses follow the rules to keep our industry safe and Australia moving."

The latest Covid border update, here

Operators or drivers concerned about being asked to sign or perform a contract that is in breach of Chain of Responsibility laws should contact the HVCRL Line.

All parties are reminded that the Heavy Vehicle National Law:

  • Imposes a positive obligation on any party in the Chain of Responsibility (COR) to ensure their conduct doesn’t encourage the driver of a heavy vehicle to contravene the law
  • Specifically prohibits those parties from requiring or entering into a contract with a driver that would encourage the driver to speed, work while fatigued or drive in breach of the driver’s work and rest hours options.

The HVCRL phone number is: 1800 931 785.


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