12 April 2022
Just three months after the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) issued its first regulatory advice on ‘Managing the risks of transporting freight in shipping containers’, the NHVR has followed it up with a piece of new regulatory advice on ‘Managing the risks of light to medium heavy vehicles’. In this article, we look at what this next advice entails.
A ‘heavy vehicle’ is a vehicle with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of more than 4.5t. The GVM is the maximum permitted loaded mass for that vehicle.
A ‘light to medium’ heavy vehicle is one with a GVM between 4.5t and 12t.
Many non-transport businesses use light to medium heavy vehicles for their operations, but probably don’t naturally consider themselves as parties in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR). Examples are manufacturers or distributors who deliver products, builders, concreters, landscapers, plumbers, and small plant operators who move their own plant, tools and materials using such vehicles.
This regulatory advice is intended to educate businesses such as those mentioned, although their primary focus or function is not transport, they are still parties in the CoR. This education focus is similar to that undertaken by the NHVR over many years in relation to other larger users of transport services who might not own or operate heavy vehicles and might not have considered themselves a party in the CoR. For example, loading managers, packers, consignors, consignees etc.
The NHVR recommends that businesses conduct a transport risk assessment covering:
Some of the risks and hazards arising will likely include:
The NHVR notes that it is important to manage the above risks to keep workers, road users and the public safe and to meet CoR legal duties.
The regulatory advice points out that:
“If a business engages in operating, driving, loading or unloading a vehicle, the business holds a duty under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) to ensure the safety of its transport activities.”
Finally, the regulatory advice discusses ways in which businesses can manage these risks, including:
Author: Nathan Cecil
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