Heavy vehicle technology plan piques industry’s interest

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has welcomed widespread industry support for a blueprint to support manufacturers and operators to incorporate the latest safety technology into new and existing heavy vehicles.

NHVR Chair, Duncan Gay, said the Vehicle Safety and Environmental Technology Uptake Plan (SETUP), launched last month, was crucial to give Australia’s heavy vehicle industry certainty when installing new safety technology.

“To have four leading Australian manufacturers plus industry groups attend the launch and support the plan highlights the value Australia’s heavy vehicle industry places in technology that boosts safety and productivity,” said Gay.

“I also welcome the support of Daimler’s Daniel Whitehead, who said the plan was ‘a valuable contribution that has the potential to help the Australian transport industry operate more efficiently, cut emissions and ultimately reduce road accident trauma’.”

The NHVR’s Vehicle SETUP was developed following a survey of manufacturers in 2018, and is designed to meet the targets set out in the Federal Government’s National Road Safety Action Plan 2018-2020.

The plan will be delivered over five work packages, including better harmonisation of Australian vehicle standards, better access to the latest vehicle technologies, ensuring appropriate in-service requirements and industry education about new and emerging technology.

Australian Trucking Association President, David Smith, said the NHVR’s plan would bring out the best in Australia’s heavy vehicle industry which is renowned for its innovation.

“Our industry has always prided itself on using innovation and technology to overcome the type of operating conditions that are unique to Australia,” said Smith.

“The ATA supports any moves to align our standards with global leaders, which will lead to more safety options for operators,” he said.

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