The South Eastern Times : February 22nd 2018
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For further enquiries and information our Mount Gambier Branch Manager, Beau Harris, can be contacted direct on 0407 977 136. Beau Harris, Mount Gambier Branch Manager South Australian government to introduce heavy vehicle inspection scheme THE South Australian Government has reiterated its commitment to introducing a heavy vehicle inspection scheme to identify, monitor and mitigate un-roadworthiness of heavy vehicles on South Australian roads. Following a series of fatal crashes on the South Eastern Freeway, coronial inquiries recommended the South Australian Government introduce a periodic heavy vehicle inspection scheme (HVIS) to increase heavy vehicle safety on the roads. Stage one of the HVIS identified significant issues with the roadworthiness of heavy vehicles in South Australia and 62pc of vehicles failed the initial change of ownership inspection. Stage two will continue to include the inspection of heavy trailers and vehicles with a gross vehicle mass or aggregate trailer mass of over 4.5 tonnes, extending on change of ownership requirements to include inspection requirements for vehicles aged four, six and eight years and annually after 10 years of manufacture. Vehicles already registered under the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme, restricted primary producers or transport club and certain SPV vehicles will be exempt from stage two periodic requirements at this time. Stage two is expected to be rolled out in the second half of 2018 to provide a transitionary period to allow for varying factors, including registration patterns and the readiness of industry to deliver the scheme. Electronic work diaries not the solution to driver fatigue THE ATA does not support the rollout of voluntary electronic work diaries as proposed by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, ATA Safety and Skills Adviser Melissa Weller said. “We do not support the NHVR’s draft EWD policy framework and standards, because the standards don’t meet the needs of the industry and they focus more on enforcement than achieving safety outcomes,” Ms Weller said. “The current NHVR draft policy and standards offer insufficient tolerances and no flexibility, leaving drivers exposed to prosecution for inconsequential technical breaches that will have no impact on safety.” “The ATA believes the primary aim of EWDs must be to increase industry safety through better fatigue management by aiding drivers in achieving compliance 6 - Keep on Truckin’ 2018 – not to increase enforcement opportunities,” she said. The ATA submission on the draft EWD policy framework and standards recommends the NHVR should not proceed with the rollout of voluntary EWDs until the fatigue regulations have been amended to include realistic EWD tolerances, further action is taken to increase the quantity, capacity and quality of driver rest areas, the standards are amended so that EWDs do not provide a 28 day list of minor breaches to enforcement officers. A statement has been issued by the NHVR clarifying the meaning of ‘voluntary’ EWD with specific reference to NHVAS, PBS, notice and permit conditions. The ATA is working to find better fatigue management solutions by disrupting current thinking. “Technology could play a huge role in guiding and improving business and driver behaviour around fatigue management, but the current system doesn’t include what is known about the science of sleep,” ATA CEO Ben Maguire said. “The conversation about fatigue must change. Drivers are individuals and fatigue is a biological state. Not everybody functions the same way or has the same health status. Prescribing the exact hours and minutes is no longer showing results,” he said. The ATA has initiated a driver fatigue management hackathon, to be held at Trucking Australia in April 2018. This is an opportunity for developers to challenge thinking about driver fatigue management and investigate innovative ideas that can advance the industry and save lives. Trucking Australia delegates will question the developers, apply their practical expertise and select the best idea to take forward.
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