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Inside track: Transport, Shipping & Logistics

28 January 2020

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

Inside track: Transport, Shipping & Logistics

In the media

$3.3m for seven new road safety projects
Seven projects aimed at reducing road trauma in Australia will benefit from funding under the Australian Government’s Road Safety Awareness and Enablers Fund. The funding will help deliver and expand the Driver Reviver program by recruiting more volunteers and promoting the Driver Reviver locations around the country to combat fatigue (21 January 2020).  More...

Motorists could face $114 penalties for preventing truck drivers from taking much-needed breaks
Drivers in New South Wales have become some of the first in the country to face instant fines for parking in spots designated for truck drivers at highway rest stops as part of new trial restrictions implemented in parts of the state (23 January 2020).  More...

Compliance officers will now wear body cameras on the job
Body worn cameras have been issued to all NHVR Safety and Compliance Officers following a recent trial in South Australia and Tasmania (22 January 2020).  More...

Safety ‘enablers’ to help drive down road trauma
Projects being funded through the Road Safety Awareness and Enablers Fund will tackle topics including rural and regional road safety, the impacts of speeding, driveway safety and sharing the road safely with other users. These projects will target a broad range of road users, from young people to heavy vehicle drivers, to help reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries occurring on our roads (22 January 2020).  More...

Truck-related work deaths in Victoria
WorkSafe says employers and self-employed persons are required to control the risk associated with vehicles, including securing plant and loads, to include the following: Fatigue risks are controlled and drivers are fit for work (23 January 2020).  More...

SafeWork NSW warns on truck roll-away incidents
Recent events lead to incident report on managing risks (20 January 2020).  More...

Fire-forced southern NSW OSOM rules eased
Transport for NSW has lifted oversize-overmass (OSOM) restrictions that were placed on such truck travel in southern NSW as a result of bushfires (17 January 2020).  More...

Published – articles, papers, reports

NHVR On the Road Newsletter 2019
On The Road - Issue 75, 21 January 2020

In practice and courts

National Rail Action Plan: Prepared for the Transport and Infrastructure Council
NTC: 16 January 2020
Common rules for safe work Australian railways should operate as a system - The report proposes a method to work towards nationally consistent key rules for rail operation. This work can be used as a basis for developing key common rules for safe work and rail infrastructure use which will in turn improve efficiency and safety in rail operation.  More...

Driver killed after being hit by stabilising arm on container truck
Safety Alert: 14 January 2020
WorkSafe wants to highlight the importance of ensuring stabilising arms and outriggers are stowed and secured when in transit.  More...

NHVR Consultation: Draft Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan 2020-2025 (HVPP)
The HVPP offers a pathway forward to meet the ambitions of government and the heavy vehicle industry and will be further informed through this next phase of consultation. Submissions close on 13 March 2020.  More...

NTC: Heavy vehicle charges consultation paper
Publication date 11 December 2019. Submissions close on 28 February 2020
NTC are seeking feedback on the Transport and Infrastructure Council’s preference for heavy vehicle charges to increase by 2.5 per cent in 2020–21 and 2.5 per cent in 2021–22. View the NTC's heavy vehicle charges consultation report.  More...

NHVR: HVSI program funding 2020-21
Projects must be implementable, begin in the 2020-21 financial year and be completed by June 30, 2023 – and applications are open until February 21, 2020. The funding is focused towards groups and projects delivering safety benefits for the heavy vehicle industry and all road users. More information on applying is available here.

AIS: Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee Projects (expected 31 December 2019)
TLI Chain of Responsibility
TLI Heavy Vehicle Driver Safety
TLI Freight Forwarding



Subordinate legislation as made
No 247 Proclamation—Transport Legislation (Road Safety and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2019 (commencing certain provisions)
13 December 2019 - fix 13 December 2019 for the commencement of chapter 3, part 2 of the Act.


Statutory Rules
No 170 Heavy Vehicle National Law Application (Transport Legislation Amendment Act 2019) Transitional Regulations 2019 23 December 2019 - the objective of these Regulations is to provide for matters of a transitional nature arising as a result of amendments made by the Transport Legislation Amendment Act 2019that transfer the functions and powers of the Roads Corporation to the Head, Transport for Victoria and the Secretary under the Heavy Vehicle National Law Application Act 2013and the Heavy Vehicle National Law (Victoria). These Regulations come into operation on 1 January 2020.

The information in this publication is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavour to provide accurate and timely information, we do not guarantee that the information in this newsletter is accurate at the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future.

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