NatRoad supports NHVR shift away from petty fines

Updating National Compliance and Enforcement Strategy gives reason for hope

NatRoad supports NHVR shift away from petty fines
Move away from petty enforcement welcomed

The National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) is optimistic that the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is committed to moving away from prescriptive offences, as signalled in its recently released Heavy Vehicle Safety Strategy 2021-2025.

NatRoad notes that the strategy’s action plan includes updating the National Compliance and Enforcement Strategy and focusing on "risk-targeted" enforcements rather than prescriptive fines.

NatRoad CEO Warren Clark says he’s "quietly hopeful" the regulator’s words will translate into actions. 

Read about the NHVR imposing Enforceable Undertakings not fines, here

"We’ve been long-time critics of the tendency to apply fines to minor and obviously accidental offences like not drawing a straight line in a work diary," Clark said.

"The overriding principle should be that punishment is in proportion to risk.

"We’re all for appropriate penalties for operators pushing the envelope on safety, but having poor handwriting or forgetting to sign a page should not be a hanging offence. 

"Getting fined for minor diary offences doesn’t add to safety and means that it’s even more difficult for the industry to retain drivers.

"NatRoad would like to an immediate review of all Heavy Vehicle National Law prescriptive offences.

"We also want the brakes to go on for CPI annual increases in prescriptive offence amounts."


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