The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has today issued a prohibition notice to Melbourne-based Punjab Roadtrains Pty Ltd trading as Auswide Transport Solutions following an investigation into fatigue management and other safety issues.
The notice also applies to associated company Southern Cross Freight Lines Pty Ltd.
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said that the notice would restrict the ability of the companies to operate, direct or schedule heavy vehicles until they undertake specified corrective processes.
“Driver fatigue is a serious safety issue and the NHVR will take the necessary actions to ensure that it is appropriately managed,” Petroccitto said.
The notice, issued under s 576A of the HVNL, orders the company to cease operating until it has implemented controls for fatigue management and training, fitness for duty, and non-conformance management.
The NHVR is working with Punjab Roadtrains to ensure that perishable or other time-critical loads can be safely transported.
NHVR investigators previously entered the company premises in September this year.
The prohibition comes just days after the Auswide Linehaul Services fleet was also grounded by the NHVR amid safety concerns.