Agreement between ATA and NSW Government on NHVAS concerns

The NSW Minister for Roads and Ports, Duncan Gay, has asked the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to review the effectiveness of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS), following the Cootes Transport accident on Mona Vale Road in Sydney. The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has come out in support.

Cootes Transport was accredited under the maintenance management module of NHVAS when the indicent happened, but has now withdrawn.

Reportedly, Gay is particularly concerned that businesses under NHVAS could 'pick and choose' their auditors.

“The ATA has always believed that NHVAS is not rigorous enough when it comes to audits,”  said ATA CEO Stuart St Clair agreeing with Gay’s concerns. “In our own accreditation scheme, TruckSafe, we decide who does the audits. Our list of TruckSafe-approved auditors consists of the best and most professional heavy vehicle auditors in the country.

“It’s a much more robust approach, and its benefits have been confirmed by NSW statistics. These show that TruckSafe operators have a much better record on maintenance compliance than operators in NHVAS.”

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