Have your say on industry Master Code updates

Truckies and other industry stakeholders are invited to have their say about any changes they’d like to see in an updated version of the Master Code of Practice.

The code was first developed by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) in consultation with industry and registered by the NHVR in November 2018.

“We invite industry to provide feedback for the current version and comment on whether the hazards, risks and controls in the code are still relevant, or to suggest new issues, safety methods or techniques,” said Paul Daly, NHVR director regulatory standards and policy.

The Master Code is a great regulatory tool that we can use to improve safety for all road users. We want the code to continue to remain an authoritative source of information for safety in the heavy vehicle transport industry.”

The code is a practical guide to assist in achieving the standards of heavy vehicle safety and compliance required under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

It provides information for parties in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) about hazards and risks which may arise from their heavy vehicle transport activities, and the control measures they can use to reduce those risks.

“The ATA and ALC consulted extensively on the original development of the Master Code,” added ATA chair David Smith.

“It was a huge job; we’re delighted that the code is now used so widely.

“This long-planned review will ensure that the code remains up to date as the industry continues to improve its safety.”

The review will consist of six phases, requiring input from stakeholders in multiple phases. The review will commence in June 2023 and will use a variety of channels to seek industry feedback and comments.

The NVHR anticipates that the review will be finished by March 2024.

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