Industry given leeway on NHVAS requirements

Trucking industry will have six months to comply with new paperwork requirements under the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme

Trucking operators will be given up to August this year to comply with new National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) provisions that have taken effect today.

As part of the shift to national regulations, truck drivers accredited under the NHVAS’s mass or maintenance module must now carry a copy of the operator's accreditation certificate or certificates for each relevant module.

A driver must also carry a document stating they are operating under the operator’s accreditation, they have been inducted into the operator’s relevant management system and they meet the requirements relating to drivers operating under the operator’s heavy vehicle accreditation. The trucking operator must sign the document.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, which has started enforcing the regulations, says it understands the challenges some operators are facing in implementing the changes in their business.

It has issued instructions to state and territory road transport authorities, whose inspectors carry out compliance activities on the NHVR’s behalf, stating a six-month transitional period will be in place for compliance and enforcement of the new requirements.

It says transport inspectors will initially issue warnings from February 10 to March 9 to drivers who cannot provide the required NHVAS documentation.

Inspectors will continue with warnings from March 10 to August 9 for all first offences.

"Once a driver has received one or more warnings, from 10 March, they or their responsible operator may face enforcement action for any further non-compliance," the NHVR says in a statement.

The NHVR began operating in most parts of Australia today. Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory have all adopted national regulations.

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