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Are the heavy vehicles in your supply chain ready for a health check?

July 21, 2016

In just over a week (1 August), the largest ever national survey of heavy vehicles gets underway, conducted by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the National Roadworthiness Baseline Survey would allow the NHVR to properly understand the health and roadworthiness of Australia’s 520,000-strong heavy vehicles.

The regulator says about 9,000 heavy vehicles, including rigid, semi-trailer, B-doubles, road trains, buses, plant and equipment will be inspected. He warned transport operators and schedulers to allow “appropriate time” for inspections, which will be conducted by authorised officers at roadside check points and in depots throughout Australia.

“Each vehicle will have a comprehensive visual inspection and, depending on the condition of the vehicle, may take an average of 45 minutes,” he said.

Harmonised national network

The heavy vehicle inspections will reference the newly-issued National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual to ensure consistent results and create a more harmonised national network, Mr Petroccitto said.

Currently, different data and inspection regimes are undertaken in each State and Territory, which means that the roadworthiness of heavy vehicles around the country is often unclear and hinders the NHVR’s desire to achieve national consistency.

The survey is the second leg of the NHVR’s Roadworthiness Program, following the release of the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual.

Mr Petroccitto said that the NHVR would endeavour to cause only minimal disruption to supply chains, where possible.

More information about the inspections is available at: www.nhvr.gov.au/nrbs

Under your Chain of Responsibility (CoR) obligations, what part do you have to play in ensuring the heavy vehicles you rely on for your business will pass an inspection? Is there something you need to do, even if you’re not the owner of a heavy vehicle used in your supply chain?

What questions should you ask of your transport operator? What happens if the vehicles you rely on are delayed by NHVR inspections and are likely to miss delivery deadlines or exceed driver fatigue limits?

Is the NHVR’s roadworthiness program even a good thing for industry or just another hurdle for operators?

Find answers to these questions in the CoR Adviser. It has the answers to these questions and many other issues surrounding the complex and often tricky Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).
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