Roads Australia calls for road funding reform
In its Commonwealth Budget Submission, Roads Australia outlined a number of key reforms. Notwithstanding the work done on the National Heavy Vehicle Charging Pilot, Roads Australia President, David Stuart-Watt said it is disappointing that the Commonwealth has not pursued the microeconomic reform pathway with a greater sense of urgency (08 February 2019). More...
NatRoad warns Victoria on freight matching platforms
Digital platforms that aim to match freight with transporters should come within chain of responsibility (COR) provisions of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), the National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) has told a Victorian inquiry (08 February 2018). More...
Waste transport non-compliance alarms authorities
A compliance operation has exposed rogue elements of waste transport, with issues in the industry, including vehicle safety due to overloaded trucks and rollovers and the prevalence of interstate dumpers, also brought to the fore. During the month-long operation 468 heavy vehicles were stopped (07 February 2019). More...
ALC Budget focus on national strategy, efficiency and safety
Peak body offers 19 recommendations to boost transport and supply chain. This includes $100,000 per annum to fund the maintenance of the ALC and ATA Industry Master Code of Practice developed at the request of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (04 February 2019). More...
Heavy vehicle access in Queensland during emergency conditions
A Flood Recovery Road Access Group has been established by Transport and Main Roads and Queensland Police to manage emergency and disaster heavy vehicle access under the provision of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (01 February 2019). More...
NatRoad talks Australian Consumer Law
Federal Parliament’s changes to Australian Consumer Law (October 2018), have left transport operators with concerns about the terms on which they can (or cannot) provide transport and storage services, according to the National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) (29 January 2019). More...
Report: Increased workload and shift changes increase risk of error
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has released the final report into the ingress of water into the steering gear compartment of the cement carrier Goliath in the Bass Strait on March 7, 2018, highlighting that disruptions to a crew’s routine, increased workload and shift changes can increase the risk of errors, especially during short sea voyages (26 January 2019). More...
TCA publishes first instalment of consolidated heavy vehicle rest area information
Transport Certification Australia has published the first instalment of consolidated rest area location and amenity information. According to the TCA, the new digital heavy vehicle rest area information complements the recent release of the Austroads Guidelines for the Provision of Heavy Vehicle Rest Area Facilities (25 January 2019). More...
Data Standard for Road Management and Investment, 3rd edition
Austroads: 30 January 2019
With revised priority harmonisation subsets and metrics. The Data Standard will harmonise the data collected and used by road asset managers from planning to asset disposal and reporting.
NTC Newsletter On the Road - Issue 52, 4 February 2019
On the Road provides important information on the heavy vehicle industry, including the latest NHVR news and events, relevant law and policy changes, and resources to help industry members comply with the HVNL.
NHVR in transitional notice and standards bulletin update
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has updated more than 80 national and multi-state transitional access notices that were due to expire on February 9. The gazetted notices with guidelines, exemptions and other legal instruments were made under state and territory legislation before the start of the Heavy Vehicle National Law in 2014. The new notices took effect from 10 February. A list of the expiring notices and their replacement can be found here.
NHVR: National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle B-double Notice
A new National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle B-double Notice commenced on 1 February 2019. This notice delivers a streamlined version of the current notice that will reduce and harmonise the number of conditions with which operators need to comply. The new notice is part of the current round of the NHVR’s National Harmonisation Program. The full operator’s guide can be found here. More...
NHVR: VSB6 Version 3.1
On 1 February 2019, updates to VSB6 came into effect. Criteria in Version 3.1 of VSB6 should now be used when conducting a vehicle modification. While the majority of the changes made in this update have been minor administrative amendments, Version 3.1 addresses the introduction of a new modification code and a simplified in-service emission testing procedure for using portable emission measuring systems (PEMS). More...
NFF Chain of Responsibility… Made easy!
The resources include compliance checklists and factsheets that explain what farmers need to do to comply with the Chain of Responsibility legislation. The online resources, and information on the workshops, are hosted by the NFF on the Australian Farmers website here.
NTC driver distraction and the Australian road rules
The NTC released an issues paper for public comment with the aim of further exploring questions around responsibility for driver distractions, technologies that can assist and distract from the driving task, and prescriptive versus performance-based approaches. The paper is open for comment until 14 February 2019. Submissions can be made via the NTC website at ntc.gov.au/submissions. Following the receipt of submissions, the NTC will develop a discussion paper outlining possible solutions for release in June 2019.
HHVR: Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI): Round 4 funding
HVSI encourages applications that identify risks and seek opportunities to improve heavy vehicle safety to reduce road trauma and save lives. Applications for round four funding are open until February 22, 2019 and must be implementable and able to start in the 2019-20 financial year for completion by June 30, 2022. More information and submission guidelines can be found here.
AMSA consultation - Draft Marine Order 44 -(Safe containers) 2019
Have your say by 1 March 2019. Marine Order 44 (Safe containers) 2019 applies to and in relation to containers and offshore containers used in international, inter-State sea transport or intra-State sea transport, but does not apply to a container that remains for the entire voyage on road or rail vehicle. More...
AMSA Consultation - electrical safety on vessels
Have your say by 28 February 2019. Have your say on the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part C5B—Design and Construction—Engineering—Electrical. This provides standards for the design, construction, installation, and repair of electrical installations for vessels. It must be read in conjunction with NSCV Part B—General Requirements. More...
NHVR in transitional notice and standards bulletin update
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has updated more than 80 national and multi-state transitional access notices that were due to expire on February 9. The gazetted notices with guidelines, exemptions and other legal instruments were made under state and territory legislation before the start of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) in 2014. The new notices took effect from 10 February. A list of the expiring notices and their replacement can be found here.
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