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Compliance Costs No Longer A Barrier For The Inclusion Of A National Operating Standard

Published: 15/02/2021

 


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Compliance Costs No Longer A Barrier For The Inclusion Of A National Operating Standard



The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) is continuing its calls on Australian Governments to consider the development of a national operating standard for heavy vehicle operators as part of a review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

Australia’s Heavy Vehicle National Law should:

1.     encourage and embrace the use of technology for safety and access purposes; and

2.     ensure operators have suitable safety management systems in place and the capital necessary to ensure the safe operation of heavy vehicles.

ALC believes these goals can be enhanced through the incorporation of a national operating standard.

An important element of the standard would be a requirement for operators to collect and keep specified pieces of information using telemetric equipment compatible with standards recognised by the National Telematics Framework.[1]

Historically, one of the perceived barriers to mandatory collection of data has been the cost of the equipment required. However, this is no longer the case as it has become eminently more affordable since the HVNL was first drafted.

ALC members advise that for around $2500 (for hardware) plus around $30 a month service fee, a compliant unit can be obtained that provides:

·         compliance with NHVAS mass, maintenance and fatigue modules;

·         electronic work diaries and electronic fit for duty declarations;

·         integration with on board weighing systems,

·         electronic braking systems, transport/freight management systems, distraction monitoring services and cameras;

·         applications to calculate Fuel Tax credits, location and speed monitoring, trailer tracking and driver navigation services: and

·         assistance in fuel management and the production of engine information

On this basis, it is no longer feasible to argue that compliance costs outweigh the wide range of benefits of mandatory recording of data.

The creation of a National Operating Standard offers the opportunity to enhance the safety and productivity outcomes of heavy vehicle operators – key objectives of the HVNL.

The opportunity should be taken to make these amendments to the National Law to make the legislation fit for the 2020s and beyond.

Read more about the National Operating Standard here: https://www.austlogistics.com.au/policy-advocacy/nationaloperatingstandard/

 

ENDS



[1] A digital business platform consisting of infrastructure and rules that support an open marketplace of telematics and related intelligent technology providers. For further information see: https://www.tca.gov.au/ntf/national-telematics-framework.

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