NTC completes first phase of Heavy Vehicle Roadworthiness Review

The National Transport Commission (NTC) and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) have announced the completion of Phase One of their joint Heavy Vehicle Roadworthiness Review (HVRR).

The HVVR aims to improve heavy vehicle roadworthiness in order to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries on our roads. “In the past, most Australian research on roadworthiness focused on light vehicles, but we know the issues are often very different for heavy vehicles,” said NTC CEO, Paul Retter.

The NTC and NHVR have been working together on the project in response to concerns following a fuel tanker crash in New South Wales in October 2013.

The completion of Phase One involved the publication of a report examining existing practice in heavy vehicle roadworthiness.

“This report outlines current practice for ensuring heavy vehicle roadworthiness in Australia. It’s essential to take this first step and get a clearer picture of how things are done now,” Retter commented – pointing out that transport ministers recently directed the NTC to consider the best way of applying chain of responsibility laws to those responsible for the roadworthiness of heavy vehicles.

“Extending the chain of responsibility laws to heavy vehicle roadworthiness could be one way to make drivers and our roads safer,” said Retter.

Phase Two will test current roadworthiness systems and develop draft recommendations for submission to transport ministers in November 2014.

The NTC and the NHVR are inviting industry comment and contributions following the publication of Phase One of the report.

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