NHVR seeks industry input on safety rating scheme

NHVR has asked industry groups to nominate members to join committee to oversee study of the five-star rating scheme

By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | July 12, 2013

Those interested in the development of a possible safety rating system for the trucking industry have the opportunity to sit on a steering committee, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) says.

The NHVR says people can be nominated to join the committee that will oversee a feasibility study of a proposed five-star rating system.

NHVR CEO Richard Hancock says work to establish the committee has commenced and a wide range of industry groups have been contacted to nominate members.

"The proposal for a five-star rating system was developed by an industry-led sub-committee of the New South Wales Road Freight Industry Council, over a period of years," Hancock says.

"With the NHVR commencing operations on January 21 this year, it was identified that the NHVR is now an appropriate body to take this project forward and that bringing a national perspective to the proposal would be valuable."

A final report on the rating system will be delivered to the Standing Committee on Transport and Infrastructure (SCOTI) at its second meeting in 2015, Hancock adds.

"SCOTI has agreed that the project will be fully-funded by the NSW and Commonwealth governments, meaning that the project has no impact on delivery of the NHVR’s planned and ongoing functions and operations."

A safety rating system is proposed to rate trucking operators based on how safe they are and reward those that achieve a high rating.

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