THE Australian Trucking Association has today welcomed the launch of the new National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual, designed to provide consistent inspection standards across Australia.
ATA Chief Executive Officer Christopher Melham said the manual provided trucking operators and inspectors alike with clarity on truck inspection requirements.
"I welcome this new edition of the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual, and congratulate the NHVR on its development," Mr Melham said.
"With a single set of uniform standards to work from, trucking operators can avoid the frustration of enforcement officers applying different standards in different states and territories.
"The ATA consulted extensively with the NHVR during the development of this manual to ensure it meets the requirements of the trucking industry.
"We also ran a National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual program stream at the 2015 PACCAR & Dealer TMC in Melbourne in October, which was designed to help operators prepare for the rollout of this document."
Mr Melham said the manual must continue to be supported by the NHVR as it rolls out across jurisdictions.
"The National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual is only as good as the commitment by all states and territories to adopt a nationally consistent approach to its use with heavy vehicle inspections," he said.
"The NHVR must now support the uniform use of this manual by also rolling out an education and awareness program targeting heavy vehicle inspectors.
"It's essential that the NHVR is the one to provide this training in order to ensure inspectors interpret and apply the standards in a uniform and nationally consistent manner."
EARLIER: The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator released a statement saying South Australia's Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Stephen Mullighan launched the manual at the South Australian Freight Industry Council meeting in Adelaide today.
Minister Mullighan said the manual paved the way for a consistent national approach to heavy vehicle inspections and was a foundation towards improvement in safety across the heavy vehicle industry.
"The importance of this manual can't be overstated - it will provide a single roadworthiness reference for both authorised officers as well as heavy vehicle operators. The manual is the first stage in developing a single national approach to heavy vehicle roadworthiness," he said.
The manual applies to all vehicles with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) or aggregate trailer mass (ATM) greater than 4.5 tonnes and provides transparency about how heavy vehicles will be inspected nationally.
Minister Mullighan said the manual is easier to navigate, visually engaging and features professional technical photographs and detailed diagrams to aid understanding.
"I congratulate the NHVR for the quality and timely delivery of the manual," he said.
NHVR Chief Executive Officer Mr Sal Petroccitto said the manual is the first project to be delivered by the National Heavy Vehicle Roadworthiness Program.
The program seeks to implement nationally-consistent standards for the conduct of inspections, the skills of inspectors, the criteria against which components or sub-systems are inspected and the management and clearance of defects.
"The manual details practical information about wear, damage or change to important components and systems for in-service inspections by owners, operators and administrators in each state and territory.
"Heavy vehicle transport operators can now begin using the manual in routine maintenance programs to improve vehicle standards compliance and help reduce vehicle downtime.
"The NHVR will be assisting operators through building on the 'one manual, everyone's safety' theme, by developing industry focused resources to help integrate the manual into your business," he said.
The manual was developed with extensive industry consultation and through the Transport and Infrastructure Council, all states and territories have agreed to implement the manual into their inspection regimes by 1 July 2016.
"We will continue working with States, Territories and industry to improve roadworthiness and increase heavy vehicle safety," he said.
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