The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has advised that it will unveil new TruckSafe accreditation standards at the Trucking Australia event on the Gold Coast next month.
“The updated TruckSafe standards include a new mandatory module covering on-road compliance.
“Other key changes include the introduction of a new practical driving assessment as part of a driver’s induction. This goes beyond having a valid driver’s licence.
“As an industry, we need to know that our drivers can safety handle a heavy vehicle under conditions relevant to their position.
“To ensure those skills are kept sharp, everyone covered under the TruckSafe standards will be re-inducted every three years.
“For drivers, this will include a refresher of their practical driving assessment.
“Accredited TruckSafe operators will continue to be subject to independent audits to make sure they uphold the TruckSafe standards and auditors will start implementing the new standards from next January.”