In a joint media release, Darren Chester, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and Sal Petroccitto, NHVR CEO announced a funding boost of $350,000 for heavy vehicle industry bodies or individuals that develop safety systems based on new Industry Codes of Practice Guidelines set by the NHVR.
ATA CEO, Ben Maguire, said the development of industry codes would complement the ATA’s TruckSafe program.
“Businesses in the TruckSafe program comply with five sets of standards and are audited regularly by experienced, qualified and objective auditors,” he said.
“It will be important for safety to have industry codes freely available – but the best way a business can demonstrate its safety and guarantee that it meets our standards is to have an audit certificate and the TruckSafe tick.”
Ben said that codes were an essential part of best practice safety regulation.
“Best practice safety regulation is to have a general safety duty on businesses and to then develop codes with evidentiary status to provide businesses with guidance on how to comply,” Ben said.
“Under the Heavy Vehicle National Law, these codes are to be developed by industry in accordance with the guidelines now published by the regulator.”
Ben said the ATA, its members and other associations like the ALC had worked closely with the NHVR on the guidelines.
“In a series of discussions, the ATA and its members put forward closely argued views about issues including intellectual property, the use of examples in codes and how codes should be updated,” he said.
“I’d like to thank the NHVR and everyone involved for their willingness to engage in these detailed technical discussions.”