NTC issues reminder on compliance review as deadline nears

NTC reminds trucking industry that it needs to lodge submissions on the <i>Heavy Vehicle Compliance Review</i> by November 1

October 21, 2013

The trucking industry’s chance to have its say on proposed changes to heavy vehicle compliance enforcement is drawing to a close.

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has reminded the industry that it needs to lodge submissions on the Heavy Vehicle Compliance Review by November 1.

Released for public feedback on September 20, the draft document recommends chain of responsibility investigations become a major focus of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), along with educating industry about its obligations.

The NTC has also proposed that the outcomes of prosecutions be publicised to assure compliant operators that rogue elements are being dealt with.

"With the introduction of the new national law to underpin the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator later this year, it is a great opportunity to take a fresh look at regulatory compliance and address some long standing as well as more recent issues in this area," NTC CEO and Commissioner Paul Retter says.

While praising the concept of chain of responsibility, which covers fatigue, speed and overloading, Retter says the NTC’s research has found regulators are not fully using the range of intervention measures available to them.

The paper recommends guidelines be developed on the use intervention strategies under national heavy vehicle regulations, covering formal warnings and improvement notices, compensation orders and supervisory intervention orders.

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