This program was developed by TAFE NSW for Avopiling Australia Pty Ltd and focuses on two broad heavy vehicle units of competency in the VET sector. This Heavy Vehicle Driver Safety Introductory program draws upon NSW data although the themes of the contents can be applied to Australian Heavy Vehicle (HV) drivers generally.
The types of HV fatal crashes are examined by primary and secondary risk factors. These can also be categorized by human and environment factors. Fatigue, alcohol and drugs, speed and distraction are the significant cited crash related culprits.
Consequences of fatal crashes are examined in detail. There is a long list of consequential impacts which many in the public are not aware of. Truck specific HV Regulation and Chain of Responsibility are examined. Significant attention is devoted to three of the vulnerable road user areas: pedestrians, bicycles, and motor cycles. These three groups generally form the bulk of the vulnerable road users that have fatal heavy vehicle outcomes when they occur, especially in metropolitan areas.
Considerable effort is devoted to both good driving techniques and good driver practices.
The two units include:
- The skills and knowledge required to carry out inspection of a commercial vehicle, including hauling units and any attached trailer, in accordance with relevant workplace procedures.
- It includes conducting routine checks, cleaning vehicles, ensuring all specified safety requirements are met and ensuring vehicles are operational according to workplace procedures.
- Work is performed with limited or minimum supervision, and with duty of care for self and others in achieving the prescribed outcomes.
- The skills and knowledge required for heavy vehicle drivers to manage fatigue and to work safely within the Transport and Logistics industry.
- It includes applying fatigue risk management strategies, identifying and acting on signs of fatigue, operating within a fatigue risk management system, planning and navigating trips, updating and maintaining records, complying with work and rest limits, and implementing appropriate strategies to minimise fatigue during work activities.
- Work is performed under some supervision as a single operator and/or within a team environment.
- Legislative and regulatory requirements are applicable to this unit. The primary legislative requirement of this unit of competency is the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).
- Being awarded this unit of competency is a necessary requirement to operate under National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Fatigue Management Accreditation but is only one of the criteria. Prospective applicants should check with the NHVR before undertaking training and/or assessment.
Group activities are part of the program which helps to reinforce content as well as soliciting ideas from the drivers in the program.
Delivery: The program is delivered in class and face to face with assessment.
Recognition: The program has been successfully assessed as a recognised industry ‘micro-credential’ by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia. This certification will hold for a three year period.
Date: Multiple dates. Starts on December 4th, 2023
Time: 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Venue: TAFE NSW Infrastructure Skills Centre, Annandale is located at 299 Johnston Street, Annandale
This course is targeted towards Sydney Metro contractors servicing the projects requiring adherence to the Sydney Metro Industry Curriculum.
To book please follow the link smicbookings.tafensw.edu.au/content/schedule.aspx or email firstname.lastname@example.org.