Recognising the importance of standardisation across Australia, the NHVR has addressed the issue by consistently working on the industry requirements and promoting the Master Code to streamline processes for heavy vehicle operators, reducing paperwork and enhancing compliance efficiency to assist businesses to operate smoothly, facilitating a more competitive and dynamic industry.
Prevention is key to reducing heavy vehicle road incidents. Fleet operators and drivers must prioritise safety as the topmost concern. Adopting advanced technology such as collision avoidance systems, electronic stability control, and telematics, can aid in improving overall road safety. Regular vehicle inspections and maintenance checks to ensure fleets are in optimal condition are crucial.
Companies should incentivise safe driving practices to promote a safety culture within the business and encourage consultation from all stakeholders to report hazardous road conditions and near miss incidents to help identify potential problem areas and contribute to overall road safety.
Fatigue remains a leading cause of incidents driving industry stakeholders to review and revise existing fatigue management strategies. In addition, inadequate vehicle maintenance, speeding, distracted driving, and improper loading are also significant factors.
To tackle these issues the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has adopted state of the art telematics systems enabling real time tracking of heavy vehicles. This move not only ensures adherence to driving hours and rest breaks but also allows authorities to respond proactively to any potential hazards on the roads.
- Morgan O’Rance is a transport compliance adviser from HV Compliance.