Regional consultation videos

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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Thematic consultation videos

The NTC has released a series of short explanations of key HVNL reform options and how they might affect you. They complement the RIS and the HVNL 2.0 document. These explanations give you a quick insight into the reform options under consideration, and invite your views.

OSOM options

Thursday 29 October 2020

  • This short video covers the main options affecting oversize and overmass operations.
  • A future heavy vehicle national law could establish a harmonised scheme for managing accreditation of pilots and escorts, based on the single tier Western Australian model. This could be administered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.
  • The new HVNL could achieve faster decision-making by making better use of the experience of previous applications and the use of geospatial maps.

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Technology and data options

Thursday 29 October 2020

  • This short video covers the main options affecting technology and data in heavy vehicle operations.
  • The HVNL could recognise that technology and data can deliver safety and efficiency benefits, and support the development of a technology and data framework to support risk-based regulation.
  • The new law could allow modernisation of documentation requirements to remove the need for hard copies of permits and notices
  • It could also provide for safe data sharing where it produces a clearly articulated benefit, not just sharing data because it exists.

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Road manager options

Thursday 29 October 2020

  • This short video covers the main options affecting road managers.
  • The future national law should simplify and streamline the decision-making process to ensure that the right decisions get made as quickly and efficiently as possible. For example:
  • Introducing enhanced general access by allowing more types of vehicle permit free access where it's established they can safely be used across the road network
  • Expedited access decision-making process that makes more use of the precedents from previously approved permits to assess the risks of a new application.
  • Revised time limits for decision making to provide a two stage decision-making process.

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Fatigue options

Friday 30 October 2020

  • This short video covers the main options relating to fatigue management.
  • The future HVNL could provide a new approach to managing fatigue which better aligns fatigue management with fatigue risk, makes managing fatigue simpler, and delivers flexibility to drivers and operators.
  • The new law could make it easier for drivers an operators to improve safety such as through simplified record keeping for drivers and operators, simpler work and rest hours, new fatigue management options through recognition of fatigue distraction detection technologies, provision of safety management systems with alternative compliance options for certified operators, and supporting drivers to stop if they feel unwell or are otherwise not fit to work.

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Access options

Friday 30 October 2020

  • This short video covers the main options relating to access.
  • The new law could improve the approach to managing access in order to simplify and streamline the decision-making process to ensure that the right decisions get made as quickly and efficiently as possible, and enable simpler and more transparent access options which prioritise productivity where it is safe and reasonable. For example:
    • Introducing enhanced general access to enable a broader range of vehicles to travel without notices or permits where it's established they can safely be used across the road network
    • Expedited access decision-making based on risk and precedent
    • Revised time limits for decision-making to provide a two stage decision-making process
    • Allowing delegated decision-making where road managers could delegate certain consents to the Regulator or State Road Authority to help speed up some decisions.
    • Establishing a harmonised scheme for managing accreditation of pilots and escorts.

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Duties options

Friday 30 October 2020

  • This short video covers the options relating to safety duties under the future HVNL.
  • The future HVNL should place responsibilities for managing risks with those most able to do so and cater to an evolving supply chain. The law should encourage all influential parties to take a proactive approach to managing safety – including drivers.
  • The C-RIS considers options to:
    • Expand the primary duty to all parties who influence the safety of heavy vehicle transport activities
    • Establish a safety duty for drivers; and
    • Clarify what is required by the primary duty

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Livestock operator options

Wednesday 4 November 2020

  • This short video covers the options affecting livestock carriers.

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Assurance options

Wednesday 11 November 2020

  • This short video covers the main options relating to models of assurance under the future HVNL.
  • The future HVNL should recognise the diversity of heavy vehicle operations and heavy vehicle operators.
  • It needs to provide simplicity and certainty for those who want it and open the door to other operators who wish to use alternative and innovative ways to better manage safety risks.
  • The C-RIS considers options for different models of assurance to improve its effectiveness under the HVNL and reduce duplicative operator auditing.

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Streamlined PBS approvals options

Wednesday 11 November 2020

  • This short video covers the options relating to improving safety and productivity by streamlining the performance-based standards process.

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Roadworthiness

Wednesday 11 November 2020

  • This short video covers the main options relating to improving the effectiveness of the regulation of roadworthiness.

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Cranes

Wednesday 11 November 2020

  • This short video covers the options relating to simplifying the access permit application process and recognising telematics applications.

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Buses

Wednesday 11 November 2020

  • This short video covers the options relating to improving fatigue management through easier-to-understand rules and simplifying the access permit application process.

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