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Regulator slashes more red tape for compliant operators

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has updated its ‘White List’ application process for operators whose fleets travel through NSW and South Australia, to help reduce reporting requirements for nominating vehicles and companies.

The White List is a list of operators who have successfully applied for exclusion from certain low risk fatigue-related National Camera Network incidents due to their current fatigue management practices, accreditation and compliance history.

The list is routinely reviewed and adjusted to ensure that the operators on the list maintain their commitment to fatigue management and HVNL compliance.

NHVR Chief Operations Officer Paul Salvati said the changes will result in a decrease in red tape for compliant operators, while ensuring road safety remains a priority.

“Operators who can demonstrate fatigue management practices and have a satisfactory compliance history should have the ability to apply for White List consideration, significantly reducing their reporting requirements while maintaining safe operations,” he said.

“While the NHVR always aims to increase the productivity of operators, our primary function is keeping our roads safe as well as ensuring compliance with fatigue requirements within the law.

“Updating the White List process helps to ensure this balance remains.”

Salvati said he hoped the changes would entice operators to implement fatigue management practices in order to be considered for the White List inclusion.

“Our aim is to ultimately ensure greater safety for heavy vehicle drivers, operators, and all road users, so that everyone remains safe when travelling on Australian roads.”

The process to apply to the White List includes the requirement for a satisfactory compliance history over a minimum of 12 months, as well as a demonstrated pattern of interstate or long-haul journeys with an effective system of managing driver fatigue.

For more information, including the White List application form, click here.

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