What is TruckSafe?
TruckSafe is a not-for-profit world class business and risk management system that is aimed at improving the safety and professionalism of trucking operators nationwide. Our independently audited accreditation scheme gives your customers and the community the confidence that you have responsible work practices, well maintained vehicles, healthy and trained drivers and management systems to meet their transport needs.
What are the requirements?
TruckSafe has a minimum set of standards that must be met in order to be accredited. These standards are grouped within 7 modules – Management, Risk Management, Responsibilities, Speed Management, Fatigue Management, MDLR Management, and Vehicle Standards (Maintenance) Management. There is also an additional module for livestock operators, TruckSafe Animal Welfare.
How is TruckSafe different from NHVAS?
Unlike the NHVAS, the TruckSafe system helps to promote a safety culture within your business as it is not cost driven. TruckSafe is more about having the right systems in place to promote a safe working environment through regular vehicle maintenance and the welfare of employees.
What kind of businesses use the TruckSafe accreditation system?
We have businesses of all sizes, tasks and sectors using the TruckSafe system. Businesses choose TruckSafe for a variety of reasons – operational efficiency and system management, insurance and compliance needs, customer driven requirements or just to guide and support business during either consolidation and/or expansion periods. A business is as good as the foundation it rests upon – TruckSafe provides a good foundation for quality and safety standards.
What if I only have 1 truck or I’m an owner driver?
No problem! TruckSafe is suitable for any size business, be it a large corporation or a small mum-and-dad operator. Even more important for single operators, it gives them the structure and systems in place that the larger companies have. When something goes wrong the authorities don’t discriminate between larger and smaller operators.
How can TruckSafe help my business?
Through the implementation of the TruckSafe system, your business will benefit from a more structured environment. TruckSafe sets a standard where everyone from the owner down must lift their standards to perform to a certain level.
TruckSafe businesses are regarded as the best in the industry which helps in working with other companies – they can be assured that a TruckSafe company will have standards set in place. Being a TruckSafe member can potentially put your business in front of another when tendering for a contract.
Will TruckSafe enable me to meet my obligations under CoR?
Being accredited with TruckSafe will help to ensure that your business has the right systems in place to minimise any breaches under the new Chain of Responsibility laws. Be aware though, that your business is only one link in the supply chain, and that breaches from other businesses in the chain may have an effect on you.
To help minimise this even further, it is strongly encouraged that any contractors you engage also be TruckSafe accredited to maintain the high level of compliance that you have set with your business.
What about the Master Code, what does that have to do with TruckSafe?
TruckSafe will be one of the first accreditation schemes to be Master Code compliant. The Master Code is a Registered Industry Code of Practice (RICP).
By adopting an RICP through TruckSafe and developing an effective risk management process, your business may be offered protection from certain litigation as you will be able to prove that you have complied with all relevant standards and procedures under CoR.
What kind of help is available to set up the TruckSafe system in my business?
For our members we have an online resource library that contains sample policies & procedures, sample manuals and best practice tips. Additional information is being added to the resource library all the time. We can also refer you to a consultant that will be able to set the TruckSafe system up in your business. These consultants are independent of TruckSafe and will charge a fee for this service.
How long does it take to be accredited once I become a member?
This is a tough question to answer because it depends on: a) what you already have documented; and b) what resources you have to focus on it. General estimates for most members have needed a few months to plan, document, train and check your systems before going for your entry audit. However, if you already have almost everything in place as a result of other accreditations that you are in, the whole process can be done in a matter of weeks.
How much time does it take to maintain the accreditation?
Once your system is in place, you will need someone to capture the data (or tracking evidence) for some of the standards and you will also need to run an audit program, internally, to make sure everything is operating as you expected. If you find any issues, you can get them corrected along the way.
These systems will take some time out of your day / week / month end processes. Most small companies are able to incorporate these tasks within the existing administrative and operational roles. Larger businesses will have dedicated resources. There are also some technology systems that can further refine and reduce the administrative tasks for data collection.
How much does it cost?
Membership fees are based on the number of powered vehicles you have in your fleet. Depending on how many vehicles you have will determine which level you fit in to. To view our membership fees please click here
What do I get for my membership fee?
The fees that you pay are all inclusive of the cost of your single site audit and the overall administration of the TruckSafe scheme nationally. You will also receive a letter and certificate confirming your accreditation, and you can use TruckSafe to promote your business as being amongst the safest in the trucking industry.
What kind of payment plans to you have?
Membership fees are paid annually in one lump sum.
The Standards look complex, what is being done to make it easier?
The new 2019 TruckSafe Standards are designed to not only meet, but exceed the requirements of the Master Code. Now that the standards have been released and are in use our members have found that there could be areas of improvement to make our standards even better. We are currently working on producing a simplified version of the standards that will be available in 2020.
In the meantime there are plenty of resources available for our members in the members area of the website, along with phone and email support.
If you have any questions that haven’t been answered here, please feel free to get in contact with us. We are adding new questions here all the time so be sure to check back often.