NHVR to hold roadworthiness webinar tomorrow

By: Steve Skinner


Trucking industry regulator to hold a webinar on July 26 about its National Roadworthiness Baseline Survey, which kicks off next week.

 

Anyone involved in the trucking industry is invited to join in a webinar about the first national survey of the mechanical state of the Australian fleet.

About 9,000 heavy vehicles will be randomly inspected by authorised state and territory officers during August and September.

Vehicles will be checked visually and put over brake roller testers and suspension shakers. Inspections are expected to take 20 to 45 minutes. There will be no queuing.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) says the survey – which has industry support – will help it to understand the health and roadworthiness of the more than half a million heavy vehicles in Australia.

"States and territories have been collecting their own data on heavy vehicles based on local standards and legislation, but there hasn’t been a single approach or set of rules for inspecting and assessing the safety condition of heavy vehicles," the NHVR says.

"Without one data set based on the same criteria and standards we cannot assess how well the national heavy vehicle fleet complies with vehicle standards."

The survey inspections in August and September will test against criteria in the new, consistent National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual which came into effect on July 1 (except in Western Australia and the Northern Territory).

Those interested in the hour-long webinar are invited to go to www.nhvr.gov.au/nrbs and look in the right hand corner. Participants are asked to log in 15 minutes ahead of the starting time, which is 2pm AEST Tuesday July 26.

Also on that NHVR website is a swathe of documents relating to the roadworthiness survey.

They include "frequently asked questions", two reports from statisticians on samples and methodology, and guidance for the inspectors involved.

Also on the website are draft versions of the data recording forms.

The NHVR says the "overwhelming majority" of the surveys will have their results recorded electronically.

Fifty authorised officers from jurisdictions all over Australia have been specially trained in using the electronic recording devices involved.

 

 

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