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NHVR releases new livestock transport regulatory advice

The NHVR has unveiled a list of advice to help all members of the livestock transport industry understand their role in the Chain of Responsibility

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has unveiled its latest regulatory advice, urging livestock transport operators to remain safe and compliant.

The new regulatory advice seeks to enhance safety across Australia’s livestock transport sector, which the NHVR says is one of the nation’s most valuable industries.

NHVR chief safety and productivity officer David Hourigan says the livestock industry isn’t always formalised like other sectors, with many agreements for transport livestock taking place on an ad-hoc basis.

“It’s a dynamic industry, with scheduling often dictated by immediate needs like upcoming sales or abattoir scheduling,” Hourigan says.

“There are additional challenges, like the need for thorough cleaning of stock crates, which not only affects biosecurity and animal welfare but can also contribute to significant delays for drivers, impacting their rest and overall fatigue management.

“With our new regulatory advice, we’re looking to bridge these gaps and ensure all parties, from primary producers to transport operators to facility owners to stock agents, understand their responsibilities.”

The NHVR’s new regulatory advice aims to simplify and demystify the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) primary duty and Chain of Responsibility (CoR) requirements for operators by focusing on specific topics or industry sectors.

The advice provides information that assists the livestock industry with clarifying who within the livestock industry is a party in the CoR and what they must do to meet HVNL obligations, as well as helping them understand the rocks associated with livestock transport activities.

The advice also identifies how CoR party collaboration can help manage risks as well as ensuring that each party understands what it should do to manage risks and the role they all play in ensuring safety is maintained.

The regulatory advice is accompanied by additional educational material from the NHVR that is intended to raise awareness among livestock industry workers who may not know how their actions can impact livestock transport safety.

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