National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) staff across Victoria and South Australia have recently helped out in the bushfire relief effort, assisting with transporting hay to isolated, bushfire-affected areas.
“The NHVR was approached by the Victoria Police to assist with road traffic management, escort activities and traffic control,” NHVR Director Southern Region (Operations) Paul Simionato said.
“The team was deployed to Bairnsdale, a community that has been significantly impacted by the fires, to support heavy vehicle movements in the area.
“In one of the biggest operations, NHVR staff and VicPol successfully escorted a 35 hay truck convoy from Bairnsdale to Gelantipy, over more than three hours.
“This escort was put together at the last minute and successfully executed hassle and incident free.”
The NHVR said it received an overwhelmingly positive response from the local community and will continue to assist Victoria Police where needed.
“Staff in South Australia have also been busy, with our officers supporting the organisers of the Harvey Hay Run, fielding questions around heavy vehicle compliance and work diaries and supporting them to get the proper arrangements in place,” Mr Simionato said.
“Our officers visited the group of 11 road trains and three support vehicles, to answer any further concerns, audit work diaries, provide education and check vehicles were in a roadworthy state.
“Fortunately, no major safety issues were identified and they were able to deal with a few minor (marker plates, number plate placement and not approved side lights) issues and the group was very receptive and thankful for the help and assistance.
“There was a very commendable effort by staff in SA who worked tirelessly to support the reopening of the SA and WA border when the Eyre Highway was cut for several days.
“I am very proud of the achievements and commitment from all our staff, as well as the compassion and generosity of spirit demonstrated by the industry, over the last few weeks, all with a positive attitude under very tough conditions.”