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Heavy vehicle safety harmonised across the country

Tuesday, 5 July, 2016 - 10:00
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Heavy vehicle safety has been harmonised across eastern and southern Australia with the adoption of the Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual from July 1 in Victoria and Queensland.

The Heavy Vehicle Industry Reference Forum would be updated on the rollout of the Manual to the remaining participating states, said NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto.

“The NHVR is committed to delivering national harmonisation for the heavy vehicle industry, as we know trucks don’t stop at the borders,” Petroccitto said.

“Victoria and Queensland join the ACT, NSW, South Australia and Tasmania with the implementation of the nanual into their inspection regimes, bringing greater consistency to heavy vehicle inspections.

“The manual will also be used for inspection trials in the coming weeks for the National Roadworthiness Baseline Survey which will inspect almost 9000 heavy vehicles during August and September.

“This will be the largest health check of heavy vehicles ever undertaken in Australia.”

Petroccitto said authorised officers and vehicle examiners, across all participating states and territories, would now inspect heavy vehicles based on the same standards and criteria which will revamp vehicle standards compliance and help reduce vehicle downtime.

“The manual means operators now have a clear picture of the standards, tools and processes used in an inspection, providing confidence in knowing their maintenance meet said requirements,” he said.

“We want to encourage a more proactive approach to vehicle maintenance and repair.

“We are working with industry, road transport authorities and police to produce resources and tools to unlock the improved safety outcomes that a national manual will deliver.”

The inspection manual was first released in November last year.