The inconsistency in what heavy vehicle inspectors, operators and equipment manufacturers view as a heavy vehicle defect and the severity of a fault will be addressed at the 2015 PACCAR and Dealer TMC.
It is clear that operators and inspectors often don’t have the same ideas about what makes up a roadworthiness defect and this is one of the issues that will be covered at TMC 2015.
The event will bring together senior heavy vehicle inspectors from Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales, as well as leading operators to discuss common roadside faults and how to bring consistency to the industry.
Christopher Melham, The CEO of the Australian Trucking Association explained the extent of the problem which he said wasn’t helping road safety outcomes. The inconsistent treatment of vehicle faults is also placing an additional red tape burden on road transport businesses, Mr Melham explained,
“We’ve all heard of cases where the same road-worthiness requirement is interpreted differently by jurisdictions or inspectors, leading to confusion,” Mr Melham said
“Safety is our highest priority on the road. But the trucking industry’s workshops need to know exactly what the standards are, in order for them to keep their fleet in top shape.
The “What inspectors and operators see” session is scheduled for Monday October 26 from 1:15pm – 2:30pm at the Kangan Institute in Docklands, Melbourne.
The session is an opportunity for TMC delegates to table their questions and get the input of senior inspectors, he explained:
“In this session, TMC delegates can bring their questions and constructively discuss these issues with a panel of senior inspectors from three states, so we can work on our common goal of improving road safety.”
Delegates at the TMC 2015 program can attend a number of technical sessions, compliance forums and product training workshop sessions. There is also a program stream which focuses on compliance with the new National Heavy Vehicle Inspection manual.
If you’re interested in registering for TMC 2015, you can do so for $495, including all program sessions. Your registration also includes attendance to the PACCAR Parts Fun Night and the Castrol Vecton Awards Dinner.
Find out more or register here.