The Federal Government will provide a funding boost for heavy vehicle supply chain safety.
According to the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester, the government will provide $350,000 to assist the heavy vehicle industry in developing and registering its New Code of Practice, based on Guidelines released by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) today.
“A registered Industry Code of Practice establishes standards for organisations across the heavy vehicle supply chain on how to operate at a higher safety standard. Businesses that adopt a new Code not only significantly reduce the risk of breaching the Heavy Vehicle National Law, but also improve their safety standards,” said Mr. Chester.
“This is another important step in the NHVR’s Safety Strategy, which includes a new Chain of Responsibility Laws, a national roadworthiness program, National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual, and checklists.”
The industry codes, which vary between industry sectors and states, will continue to be used until January 2018 or until replaced by a new code. NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said these new guidelines were finalised following extensive collaboration with industry.
“The support from the Federal Government will allow industry bodies and code developers to offset some of the costs associated with delivering new Codes,” said Mr. Petroccitto.
Australian Logistics Council Managing Director Michael Kilagriff welcomed the funding.
“Codes of Practice will provide a safer and more accountable heavy vehicle industry and we look forward to their development and implementation,” said Mr. Kilgariff.
More information is available on www.nhvr.gov.au/codes-of-practice