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HVNL REVIEW ALMOST COMPLETE
ALRTA participated in a workshop to finalise the recommendations arising from the review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.
It is fair to say that the transfer of responsibility for the review to an independent consultant, bringing together industry and jurisdictions, and the radical new approach proposed by ATA have helped to produce a better result than was initially expected. It is however far from perfect, representing a negotiated outcome across a plethora of stakeholders.
In many cases, the proposed reforms will not solve our immediate problems, but they will at least deliver a HVNL that is better able to cater for new and innovative approaches in future – which means that the groundwork will be laid, but we will still need to make the case and progress more specific reforms to get the end-result we need.
Buckle up. There is still a long ride ahead.
WARRNAMBOOL PIT OPERATING
The livestock effluent disposal facility at Warrnambool saleyards is now operational. Saleyard Manager Paul White said that they have decided against installing the proposed Avdata system. Access to the facility is free and there are on/off taps available for washing down tank plugs and the grates over the disposal pit. ALRTA looks forward to announcing an official opening event soon.
Boyles Transport conducted a test run of the effluent disposal facility at Warrnambool Saleyards
LRTASA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
ALRTA Executive Director (Mat Munro) attend the LRTASA 36th Annual Conference at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre last weekend.
The event was officially opened by SA Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Tom Koutsantonis. Other speakers included Martin Hayse (Business SA), Michael Deegan (ATA), Matthew Matricianni & Andrew Excell (SA Department of Infrastructure and Transport), Adam Gibson (NTI), Mat Munro (ALRTA), Louise Bilato (NTRTA) and Cam Dumesny (WRF).
As always, the Saturday Gala Dinner was packed to the rafters and a great success.
HVNL FEES AND FINES TO INCREASE
NHVR access permit fees will increase by $2 and the cost of a National Driver Work Diary will increase by $1 (from $25 to $26) from Friday, 1 July 2022. Fees will also increase for National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme modules. These increases are in line with CPI.
Heavy Vehicle National Law penalties and fines will also increase in line with CPI.
Click here for the new NHVR fee schedule
Click here for the new HVNL penalty and fine schedule
ADBLUE AND FUEL TAX CREDITS
Now that the federal election is over, the government is starting to re-engage on this important issue. The heavy involvement of the fuel majors has concentrated the minds of government and AdBlue suppliers.
Indonesia has increased its exports to Australia, as has a host of other countries. Domestic supply is also moving with particular developments in WA and SA likely to come on stream.
We understand that the new Federal Government is now considering a position on the previous government’s approach to fuel excise cuts and fuel tax credits.
MILLENNIALS LEAD REGIONAL MIGRATION
Australia is in the grip of a labour shortage that is particularly dire in regional areas. We need young families to rejuvenate regional towns and cities – skilled and low-skilled workers, kids in schools, participants in sporting teams, volunteers and attendees at community events.
There may be a ray of sunshine.
New data released by the Regional Australia Institute indicates that migration from capital cities (mostly Sydney and Melbourne) to regional Australia increased by 16.6% over the past 12 months. Most promisingly, millennials in the 24-40 years age group are leading the charge, attracted by cheaper housing and a booming regional jobs market.
PROHIBITED REQUESTS AND CONTRACTS
The NHVR’s latest Regulatory Advice explains the risks of engaging in requests and contracts that are prohibited under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).
The advice is essential reading for anyone who can directly or indirectly influence a heavy vehicle driver or a party in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) regarding speed, fatigue and work and rest hours.
If you manage, employ or have any influence over the transport activity of another party, it is your responsibility to adhere to the HVNL which prohibits: “requesting, directing, or contracting in a way that would cause or encourage a driver to breach fatigue requirements or speed limits or that would result in another party in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) causing a driver to breach fatigue requirements or speed limits.”
Examples are provided to illustrate how this situation may apply to you and tips and resources are provided to help you prevent, control and manage the risks of engaging in a request or contract with a heavy vehicle driver or other transport and logistics provider.
Click here to read the new regulatory advice on ‘Prohibited requests and contracts under the HVNL’
Find more regulatory advice from the NHVR
REGISTER FOR NHVR PORTAL TRAINING
Join NHVR for our next round of NHVR Portal webinars, where you’ll learn more about the NHVR Accreditation Module, how to better manage your Portal account, and some useful tips to plan your route. You can register for each session below.
Managing your Portal account
28 June 1pm AEST
Learn how to set up, make changes and manage users on your account.
Let’s talk Accreditation
29 June 1pm AEST
This session will cover most common accreditation related questions.
Planning your route
5 July 1pm AEST
Live demo of route planning with useful tips and things that will save you time.
ALRTA MEMBER MAIL OUT NEXT WEEK
ALRTA will be sending out our twice annual update letter to members next week. Please look out for a message from ALRTA President Scott McDonald and information from our National Partners.
LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WOMEN
Partial scholarships of $1,000-$5,000 are available through Women & Leadership Australia to support participation in leadership development courses for women leaders at all levels in transport and logistics.
Click here to apply by 9 Sep 2022:
SAVE THE DATES FOR 2022
ALRTA/LRTAV National Combined Conference -12-13 August 2022 – All Seasons Bendigo VIC – Information
LRTAWA (WA) – 3 September 2022 – Industry Day – Burswood on Swan – Perth WA
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