• Date: 15 Aug 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

Heavy vehicle health checks ongoing

Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet will have their roadworthiness checked in a two-month survey which has commenced this month.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the National Roadworthiness Baseline Survey would be the first time the same inspection would be conducted at the same time to the same standard nationally.

“For the first time we’ll have a single approach and set of rules for inspecting and assessing the safety condition of heavy vehicles,” said Mr. Chester.

“The National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual now provides a nationally-consistent approach to assessing compliance to the vehicle standards.

“From today heavy vehicle health check inspections will be conducted by authorized officers at roadside check points and in depots throughout Australia to the same standard.

“This snapshot of the fleet’s condition will identify factors that increase the risk of incidents, assist to develop a national risk-based inspection approach and identify high-risk components, systems, vehicles or operators.”

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto reminded heavy vehicle operators to advise their drivers and clients to give time and have contingencies in place for potential inspections.

“If a vehicle is selected it will have a comprehensive visual inspection, which, depending on the condition of the vehicle, may take on average 30 minutes and in certain case around 45 minutes,” said Mr. Petroccitto.

“Operators must be prepared for a potential delay. We understand the importance of time in the supply chain and with drivers’ cooperation we will ensure minimal disruption occurs.”

An industry webinar last July 26 was conducted to provide information about the health checks.

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