Amendments to the National Heavy Vehicle Law, recently passed in Queensland Parliament, are critical to improving heavy vehicle road safety.
In addition to better safety outcomes, the NHVR said the amendments to the Law were welcomed and were a step closer to recognising all the members of the supply chain and their role in road safety.
NHVR Acting CEO Ray Hassall stated that as the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, it was their responsibility to provide information and educational resources to guide the industry through the amendments which are expected to come into effect in mid-2018. This would give the players in the supply chain time to get ready for the amendments.
The NHVR will soon be releasing guidelines for industry Codes of Practice and a series of CoR podcasts and factsheets, to boost national road safety, Hassall explained.
The reforms will complement heavy vehicle and national workplace safety laws, placing a positive duty of care on all parties within the supply chain.
Mr Hassall explained that duty holders would now more easily understand and assess their risks to comply with the law. He also stated that with the reduction in red tape, the industry could better apply risk management processes to focus on safety outcomes.