The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has welcomed confirmation of an independent review of heavy vehicle accreditation schemes.
To be commissioned by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), the review was confirmed this week by Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Darren Chester, and aims to boost safety and create fairness for operators.
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The ATA runs the accreditation program, TruckSafe, and ATA Chair, Geoff Crouch, welcomed the announcement.
“Thank you to the Minister, Darren Chester, for listening to our calls to review truck safety accreditation programs,”
“Recognising safe practices should not be an unbalanced competition between government and industry like the ATA’s TruckSafe program.
“By working together, we give the public and industry customers the confidence that heavy vehicle operators are meeting strict standards.
While Mr Crouch also called for more recognition of the work of accreditation programs such as TruckSafe.
“More than 800 operators have invested to meet rigorous standards over the years, yet participants do not receive the same regulatory benefits as NHVAS operators,
“That’s despite NHVAS not being as comprehensive as the industry’s own program (TruckSafe).
“This independent review will give TruckSafe a chance to demonstrate its value to road safety and the trucking industry.”
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