The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has made available on its website the draft Registered Industry Code of Practice (Master Code) for public consultation until 31 July. This period of public consultation is an essential step in the approval and registration of the Master Code by the NHVR.
Once approved and registered by the NHVR, the Master Code will be freely available to all heavy vehicle operators and supply chain parties via the NHVR website.
Developed jointly by the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) and the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) though their company, Safe Trucking and Supply Chains Ltd, the draft Code is the outcome of more than a year of working with transport industry participants, governments, regulatory bodies and representatives of other industry groups.
“The development of the Master Code has included an extensive program of engagement and consultation with industry representatives and other stakeholders, to make sure it is relevant to the needs of operators in their day-to-day business activities,” said ALC Managing Director Michael Kilgariff.
“This final period of public consultation will help to make certain that the Master Code accurately captures all elements essential to the safe conduct of road transport operations, and can deliver the improved road safety outcomes that are a high priority for all those involved in this industry.”
ATA Chair Geoff Crouch said: “The Master Code addresses the requirements of the expanded Chain of Responsibility (CoR) requirements under the amended Heavy Vehicle National Law that will come into effect on 1 October 2018.
Manage the risks
“This Master Code has been developed by the industry for the industry, and will allow those with CoR obligations to put into place systems that will assist in the management of risks relating to speed, fatigue, mass, dimension and loading, and vehicle standards requirements under the HVNL.”
It is anticipated that the Master Code will have its formal launch at the 2018 Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit, being held in Melbourne from 5-6 September.
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