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NHVR announces changes to White List process for operators

The NHVR has made crucial updates to the White List application process for NSW and SA fleet operators

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has announced it has updated its White List application process for operators whose fleets travel through NSW and South Australia to help reduce reporting requirements for nominating vehicles and companies.

The NHVR manages travel time (fatigue) related incidents using the National Camera Network, which monitors the movement of heavy vehicles.

Where potential fatigue related breaches are identified through the network, the NHVR sends out correspondence seeking work diary pages and other evidence from industry to determine if an offence was committed.

The purpose of the White List is to maintain the balance between monitoring fatigue in the heavy vehicle industry and the volume of correspondence between operators and the NHVR.

The process to apply to the White List includes the requirement for a satisfactory compliance history over a minimum of 12 months, as well as a demonstrated pattern of interstate or long-haul journeys with an effective system of managing driver fatigue.  

NHVR Chief Operations Officer Paul Salvati says the changes will result in a decrease in red tape for compliant operators, while ensuring road safety remains a priority. 

“Operators who can demonstrate fatigue management practices and have a satisfactory compliance history should have the ability to apply for White List consideration, significantly reducing their reporting requirements while maintaining safe operations,” he says.

“While the NHVR always aims to increase the productivity of operators, our primary function is keeping our roads safe as well as ensuring compliance with fatigue requirements within the law.

“Updating the White List process helps to ensure this balance remains.”

Salvati says he hopes the changes would entice operators to implement fatigue management practices in order to be considered for the White List inclusion.

“Our aim is to ultimately ensure greater safety for heavy vehicle drivers, operators, and all road users, so that everyone remains safe when travelling on Australian roads,” he says.

For more information, including the White List application form, visit https://www.nhvr.gov.au/safety-accreditation-compliance/on-road-compliance-and-enforcement/safe-t-cam 

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