07 June 2023
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has recently released its 2023 Heavy Vehicle Safety Strategy Action Plan which sets out their key safety priorities and targets for the next 12 months as part of achieving its overall Heavy Vehicle Safety Strategy 2021-2025.
The NHVR has established five key target areas and its deliverables in their action plan:
1. Delivering safer and tailored fatigue risk management outcomes:
2. Empowering industry to better manage safety in their business:
3. Delivering tailored regulatory interventions to drive positive safety change:
4. Influencing the regulatory framework to promote the adoption of safer, cleaner, and more efficient vehicles and technologies:
5. Providing input into government policy decisions that affect the safety and productivity of the heavy vehicle industry:
The ever-increasing level of engagement and sharing of information and awareness resources with industry should be applauded and it is very pleasing to see this set to continue throughout 2023.
Further, industry is likely to welcome the multiple efforts to streamline various NHVR and heavy vehicle processes, such as PBS approval and route permits.
It is also pleasing to see that greater flexibility in fatigue management will likely continue into the future. Various stakeholders and industry representative bodies have noted that rigid ‘one size fits all’ fatigue practices are not necessarily delivering the safer outcomes sought.
Finally, it is promising and very ‘of the moment’ that the NHVR is already looking at ways to increase the uptake of alternative fuel vehicles, including offering supporting mass concessions for such vehicles. One of the best ways to encourage the uptake of such vehicle use (or indeed, many safety practices) is to incentivise their use and create easier access to businesses.
If you would like more information on the 2023 Heavy Vehicle Safety Strategy Action Plan or have any questions, please get in touch with partner Nathan Cecil or a member of our Transport, Shipping & Logistics team below.
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