HVNL review reform discussions

The NTC has been meeting with industry to provide an update on the review and hear their views on what they would like to see in the new law.

These sessions were recorded and can be accessed via the links below.

Tasmania

Wednesday 26 August 2020

  • Need to leverage existing industry investment in technology to deliver safety and regulatory outcomes.
  • The law may not need too many changes. Tasmanian industry have found way to adapt and operate under the law. Need to keep harmonisation of processes.
  • Be cautious of creating new processes that deliver on intent rather than distract from managing actual risk.

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Western Australia

Thursday 27 August 2020

  • There are gaps in the current law with respect to technology and access than just IAP.
  • The current HVNL is too complex with respect to counting hours. The HVNL has complicated diary recognition. This is an ongoing situation concerning BFM cross border and confusion in record keeping and auditing.
  • Cross border accreditation is an issue. A mutually acceptable option from an accreditation point of view will make it easier to undertake audits.

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South Australia

Friday 28 August 2020

  • Counting time under the current HVNL could be simpler involving changes to arrangements for standard hours for drivers. This forces drivers to drive when tired. A reset after the 24 hours is desired.
  • The rate of change in technology and fatigue is very large and is ahead of the current Law. There needs to be flexibility in the Law to adopt new technologies/science without having to rewrite it when there is new research.
  • Audit processes can be repetitious and 3rd party audits is an issue, and the ability to point towards nationally recognised audits is desirable.
  • Mutual recognition is needed across borders between the 14hrs under BFM, and 16-17 hrs in WA every day. There are possible competitive advantages and disadvantages which result from a productivity perspective as a result.

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Queensland

Monday 31 August 2020

  • Time for technology to be embraced in the law. New fatigue technology will be a game changer.
  • Need to go back to basics for assessing fitness to drive. Medical conditions are being missed or not reported in licensing testing.
  • SmartCap technology would be great to use for first few weeks of introducing new driver into fleet - see how they manage fatigue, track their day.
  • Too many don’t understand approval for PBS vehicle doesn’t equal approval of access. Operators need confidence about access to encourage investment in upgrading fleet to PBS vehicles.

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Victoria

Thursday 3 September 2020

  • Fatigue technology is already out there. Fatigue goes beyond the work based environment and includes things in the past and present. Some operators manage the fatigue of drivers really well on a day to day and week to week basis, this should be recognised as well as technology.
  • Operators should meet requirements of the law and have accreditation they want. Operators could decide to go higher than the minimum standards and this should be recognised by customers. It shouldn’t be a money-making scheme.
  • There’s been a mass exodus of knowledge for road owners. Victorian road owners don’t know how strong the roads are and need to investigate this. This has been the biggest challenge with PBS vehicles in Victoria and it’s very frustrating.

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NT

Thursday 10 September 2020

  • The NT is working with WA for advice on remote issues. The WA model would work well in the HVNL.
  • When using technology for fatigue management it will be important to recognise that in remote areas there are unsealed roads and the journey time is different on these types of roads.
  • Concerns were raised about time taken to follow current Chain of Responsibility obligations and it is felt that the risks are over managed.
  • There is value in creating a geospatial map for operators to see real-time updates on events, e.g bushfires, that may affect road access.
  • There is better alignment of regulations needed between WA and NT in regard to heavy vehicle combinations.
  • Accreditation systems have had some deficiencies in that some bigger companies have the advantage of completing their own audits and getting added time to comply.
  • A lot of data is being generated through innovative technologies, however there is not enough data sharing or knowledge of how to apply it.

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NatRoad

Wednesday 16 September 2020

  • Process and approach of the review
  • Options for duties
  • Assurance (accreditation)
  • Technology, data and information
  • Better fatigue management
  • Simpler, more transparent access decisions
  • Safer, more productive vehicles
  • New regulatory approach and structure
  • Issues raised by NatRoad members

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