ARTSA outlines 2013 agenda

The Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) held its final meeting for the year last week in Port Melbourne. The meeting was hosted by ARTSA Chairman, Peter Hart, who provided a comprehensive map of the regulatory bodies that govern heavy vehicles in Australia.

One key issue discussed was the implementation of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), who will commence work on 21 January, 2013. The initial focus of the NHVR will be issuing on-line permits and providing technical support for local governments, as well as creating advanced fatigue management templates and industry codes of practice. ARTSA is currently discussing opportunities to co-operate with the new authority.

“From 2013 onwards, we will set up a national call centre and websites to provide information and take complaints regarding the heavy vehicle national laws, as well as regulations and operations regarding the NHVR, providing accreditations for vehicles along with PBS approvals,” said Daniel Elkins, NHVR Senior Manager Operational Policy & Systems. “We will have a strict focus on putting a system in place for providing effective communications for regulations and jurisdictions.”

Also announced at the meeting was the upcoming PBS Conference. Co-hosted by ARTSA, it will be held on 5-6 March, 2013 in Melbourne and front end the Sandown Drive Days.

“For a long time there’s been the need to review certain technical aspects of PBS,” said Rob Di Cristoforo of Avantia. “At the Conference, we intend to look at some case studies regarding PBS, operator’s experiences, conduct panel discussions and have many of the key fleets from all States that use PBS.”

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