Nine laws reduced to just one
IN NOVEMBER last year, the NHVR released the National Compliance and Enforcement Policy.
This was an important step forward in responding to an issue we hear from operators about in regards to the way different agencies apply heavy vehicle laws.
Before 2014 there were nine sets of state and federal laws and numerous compliance agencies applying that law.
Now that there's a single law covering the five states and the ACT, we are seeing a growing consistency in the way the law is applied.
Earlier this month the NHVR had the opportunity to apply the policy with another national operation across 142 locations.
This approach to compliance is based on the co-regulation model and forms part of the NHVR's regulatory framework.
It informs a number of national safety standards, procedures and operational guidance, which direct the NHVR's approach to compliance activities, investigations and enforcement responses.
It is supported by a growing number of technology advancements, allowing us to combine data - including registrations, accreditation, compliance history and permit history - into a system that supports safe heavy vehicle operations.
It links to a national heavy vehicle safety camera network, with data fed from 72 camera sites across Australia. All sightings give us close to real-time information fed back into the NHVR's Regulatory Platform for use for intelligence and roadside intercepts.
The scope of agencies working together also means the application of the law is not constrained by state borders.
We now have a clear picture of the productivity benefits of a safe and compliant operation through the time it takes to conduct an intercept.
The average national intercept time for a compliant intercept was 13:52 mins, compared to a non-compliant intercept that averaged 25:40 mins.
You can see the time differences between a compliant intercept and a non-compliant intercept - almost double.
The introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law in 2014 and the alignment of safety and productivity was a big leap forward for heavy vehicle regulation in this country. The best operators understand that a safe business is a productive business.