In light of the review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and the NHVR seeking input on its draft safety policy, a risk-based regulatory system is the National Road Transport Association’s (NatRoad) favoured safety plan.
NatRoad’s paper provides safety priorities which would help acheive the target of zero fatalities by 2050, it says. In the paper, Increasing Safety In Road Transport: Towards Zero, NatRoad encourages increase in vehicle technology adoption and investment in infrastructure while rejecting ‘safe rates’.
The paper was presented by NatRoad compliance advisor Richard Calver to the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia (CILTA) in Canberra.
NatRoad supports moving away from simply complying with specific rules that results in fines for minor or administrative matters and believes instead the HVNL should focus on management of risk, particularly where it related to fatigue management.