National Heavy Vehicle Regulator begins NHVAS review


The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has started its review of the NHVAS.

 

Work has started on a review of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) as part of a broader examination of heavy vehicle roadworthiness inspection regimes.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is responsible for the NHVAS and is undertaking the review.

The review will feed into the Heavy Vehicle Roadworthiness Program, which is a joint initiative involving the NHVR and the National Transport Commission (NTC).

"The Program aims to develop policy and implementable measures for an improved national heavy vehicle roadworthiness system," the NHVR says in a statement.

The country’s transport ministers sought a review with a particular focus on its maintenance management module in response to a fatal tanker crash involving Cootes Transport in October last year.

Cootes’ vehicles were enrolled in NHVAS at the time of the incident.

"Initial recommendations are expected to be delivered from late 2014, with final proposals (including a Regulatory Impact Statement as required) for the improvement of the roadworthiness systems by mid-2015," the NHVR statement reads.

The NHVR says industry input will be sought during the process, including providing options and recommendations for improving the roadworthiness system.

New South Wales Roads Minister Duncan Gay led the charge for a review of NHVAS to ensure vehicles under the scheme were being appropriately maintained and complying with safety standards.

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