Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has called for heavy vehicle operators to inspect their vehicles using safety checklists daily, with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator undertaking its second national roadworthiness survey from next month.
As reported by OHS Alert, data from the first survey, conducted in 2016 and 2017, were recently used to identify a link between poor maintenance practices and truck crashes, suggesting operators with a slack approach to maintenance have a similarly lax attitude to issues like driver fatigue (see related article).
McCormack said quick visual inspections can identify significant safety issues and give operators peace of mind.
Federal Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said authorised officers from the NHVR and partner agencies will conduct mechanical inspections of about 8,000 trucks, buses and other heavy vehicles for the roadworthiness survey.
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto added that the inspections will be comprehensive, using specialised equipment.
“Inspections can take 45 minutes on average. It is usually a shorter period for compliant vehicles and longer for non-compliant vehicles,” he noted.
TruckSafe members should note that the TruckSafe daily checklist meets the NHVR’s daily safety checklist requirement.