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The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) will start in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia on 10 February.

As reported in an earlier e-bulletin, the HVNL was initially meant to start last year.

“The NHVR recently took a very difficult decision to set aside the planned September commencement date, because we knew our IT systems needed more work,” said NHVR CEO Richard Hancock late last year.

“We have now done that work and can confidently say we will be ready on 10 February.

“We have also been working closely with our regulatory partners, state and territory road transport authorities, local government and police agencies to support them with their preparations for the new national law.”

For more details, visit the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

Published on 30 January 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

Work-related road freight transport deaths are 10 times higher than for all other industries, says the latest data.

The high death rate was recorded in an eight-year period from 2003–04 to 2010–11 and forms part of the Safe Work Australia road freight transport industry report, which was released last week.

The high fatality rate persists despite a 48 per cent drop in the number of annual work-related fatalities in the industry, says Safe Work Australia.

Fatalities decreased from 58 in both 2006–07 and 2007–08 to 30 in 2010–11, according to the report.

From 2003–04 to 2010–11, 78 per cent of the deaths were due to single-vehicle incidents on public roads.

Approximately 4,000 serious workers compensation injury claims (requiring a week or more away from work) were also made from 2002–03 to 2010–11, the report said.

However, most of these claims were caused by manual handling or falls rather than vehicle incidents.

From 2006–07 to 2010–11, male employees aged under 25 years had the lowest incidence rate for serious injury claims, while males aged 65 years and over had the highest rate, the report added.

For more details, read the report. 

Published on 10 October 2013 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

The start date for the new Heavy Vehicle National Law has been delayed again.

The laws were rescheduled once before to start in October instead of September because of IT problems surrounding the permit application system.

This was reported in an earlier e-bulletin.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has been using the extra time to fix and test the system, and has found that it requires more work, which has pushed out the start date to beyond 1 October.

NHVR CEO Richard Hancock said in a media release that the testing had gone well, but the “NHVR Board wants more preparatory work done in areas such as user acceptance, training and support for local government”.

No new start date has been confirmed.

As reported in the earlier e-bulletin:

“Until our new start date, though, it’s business as usual for heavy vehicle operators and drivers,” Hancock said.

“Come to us for [the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme] and [Performance-Based Standard] services as you have been since January.

“Stick with your local road transport authority for all other road transport business with government, including access, vehicle standards and fatigue management.”

For more details, visit the regulator.

Published on 26 September 2013 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.


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