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    This month the NHVR launched its final ambassador, rugby league legend Sam Thaiday, for our We All Need Space road safety campaign to help us spread the word across the community around how to share the roads safely with trucks.

    In order for this campaign to be successful and to reach a wide range of demographics right across the country, the NHVR strategically identified key Australian icons and influencers who covered a vast cross section of age groups and followers, to ensure our road safety messages were spread far and wide.

    As a result, we have also partnered with Australian comedian Jimmy Rees followed by Western Australia truck driver Yogi (Glenn Kendall), Australian country music singer James Blundell and South Australian truck driver CJ (Casuarina Smith).

    Since our launch on June 26, our We All Need Space campaign has reached more than 5 million road users right across the country through online views as well as through mainstream media including print, radio and television.

    With 124 lives lost on Australian roads so far this year in crashes involving a heavy vehicle and a car, it is clear that more needs to be done to educate all road users on how to share the roads safely.

    Through the use of crash data and ongoing research we know around 70% of serious incidents and fatalities involving a car and a truck are the fault of the light vehicle driver. These statistics re-enforce that more needs to be done in educating and raising awareness with general motorists around how they can stay safe and avoid putting themselves in potentially dangerous situations when they come across a truck out on the road.

    The messages we have pushed through our We All Need Space campaign have been simple and to the point, including providing greater education and tips around how to safely overtake a truck, raising awareness of trucks blind spots as well as the dangers of trying to overtake a turning truck and the need to give them that extra space in order to turn at intersections and roundabouts safely.

    Following an extensive three-month period of this campaign being out in the community we are now at the point where we will look at how effective the campaign has been in terms of behavioural change and message re-call, through conducting post market research and post market surveys which will assist us in determining the next phase of the campaign.

    If you have not seen or shared these campaigns with your stakeholders, please have a look at our website to access the educational videos and online material.

    As you know we need to continue to work together and drive ongoing communication in regard to road safety in order to make a difference on the Australian road toll.

    Kind regards,

    Sal Petroccitto
    Chief Executive Officer

    In this issue:

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    NHVR Investigations attends Victorian critical incident response forum

    NHVR Investigations has boosted its capacity to respond to critical incidents, by participating in a 'critical incident response forum’ alongside Victoria Police, WorkSafe Victoria, Comcare, Safe Transport Victoria, and the Victorian Environmental Protection Agency.

    On Tuesday 29 August, the participating agencies joined forces to map their resources, processes, and accountabilities, to identify their preparedness to respond to a serious incident involving a heavy vehicle, with the aim of strengthening agency cooperation and relationships.

    Each agency provided a comprehensive presentation detailing how and when they deploy, obligations of the agency, and suggested improvement on collaboration between agencies.

    Superintendent John Fitzpatrick APM, head of Victoria Police Road Policing Operations, led a practical session using the Victorian Emergency Management (EM) system to assist participants better understand the mechanics of EM principles, from incident control to logistics management.

    The forum was a tangible, practical way to identify opportunities to minimise the loss and harm that arise from emergency incidents, and will be rolled out in all other Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) jurisdictions.

    For more information about NHVR Investigations go to

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    The process of making representations to the NHVR

    In the wake of industry interest, NHVR Prosecutions is providing the following summary to assist in the process of making representations.

    Representations are a process by which you can write to the NHVR and request a review, withdrawal or modification of an infringement notice or charge. Legal advice is highly recommended but not always necessary.

    Types of reviews:

    1. NHVR fine review: relates to penalty infringement notices, traffic infringement notices or expiation notices issued by the NHVR.

    2. NHVR charge review: relates to a charge which can be a complaint and summons, information, or a court attendance notice.

    Representations can be received directly from the customer, their legal representative, or from the relevant state revenue agencies e.g. Revenue NSW.

    You may consider writing to the NHVR for several reasons, including if you have a good defence, or you don’t believe the charge meets NHVR Prosecution Policy.

    To submit a fine review, you may write to the NHVR Prosecutions Support unit at

    To submit a charge review, write to the NHVR Prosecutions unit at

    Find further information at:

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    HVSI funded project launches two educational courses for industry

    Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) has launched two new online courses this week for industry, funded by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) and supported by the

    Australian Government.

    A successful grantee from round 6 of the HVSI, HVIA’s 'Load Restraint Fundamentals' and 'Best Practice Tyre Management' courses are the result of the organisation’s Safety Through Education project.

    The HVSI program supports industry-led projects, that address key issues in the transport and logistics sector and provide innovative solutions, to reduce road trauma and save lives.

    Grantees have the ability to deliver crucial safety improvements, to contribute to a shared goal, of safer drivers, safer vehicles and safer road use.

    HVIA’s two interactive courses allow heavy vehicle operators and other members in the supply chain, understand their responsibilities when it comes to the safety-critical nature of load restraint and tyre management practices.

    Find further information about HVSI at:

    Use the code ‘HVSI’ to access the courses at a heavily discounted rate on the HVIA Training platform.
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    Industry projects to drive heavy vehicle safety with $5.5 million investment

    Twenty-one new industry-led projects will receive vital funding from the Australian Government through the NHVR's Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI).

    $3.8 million will be invested into 12 heavy vehicle safety initiatives through Round 8 of the HVSI program, including for roadside health and wellness screening, driver training and increasing vulnerable road user safety.

    A further nine projects have been selected to receive funding as part of $1.7 million in once-off funding to Chain of Responsibility (CoR) training and education projects.

    The new projects under Round 8 address key issues in the transport and logistic sector and provide workable solutions, to reduce road trauma and save lives.

    The CoR projects will help organisations develop training content and resources that will help participants improve the safety of their heavy vehicle transport activities and meet their obligations under the law.

    To read more, click here.

    A truck driver suffering fatigue

    Major safety failure by tow truck operator led to the death of a South Australian truck driver

    A South Australian tow truck operator has received a custodial sentence under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) after he pleaded guilty to a Category 1 offence involving a fatality.

    In February 2019, a 67-year-old man was killed when his truck rolled off the back of a tow truck. An investigation led by South Australian Police revealed that the tow truck operator’s conduct was reckless in failing to ensure the safety of their transport activities, ultimately resulting in the fatality of their customer.

    The operator was charged with failing to comply with his safety duty, and the court has imposed a custodial sentence of ten months, reduced to six months due to a guilty plea. This has been wholly suspended on the condition of good behaviour for two years.

    A Prohibition Order was also made which prohibits the operator from engaging in any transport activities for a period of 12 months.

    To read more, click here.

    The project london team

    SLGAAP priority routes – get involved

    The Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Program (SLGAAP) is taking a strategic approach to focus on delivering whole-of-journey network improvements that will result in better heavy vehicle access decision-making along routes, as opposed to individual isolated assets.

    With this information, road managers and local governments will be able to better manage heavy vehicle access. It will better support road freight operators to optimise their journey through better route selection at the application stage, thereby streamlining the access process with better quality applications. 

    Priority heavy vehicle routes provide a strategic link between local communities and key freight routes including local roads that support Australia’s freight task or essential access to remote communities.

    Better understanding of the capability of assets, allows road managers to optimise network access for heavy vehicles more confidently and consider pre-approved and gazetted routes where appropriate. 

    What is a priority route? – Read more in the full article here.

    Get involved - Want to be involved in letting SLGAAP know where your priority routes are? Submit your idea and have your say.


    NHVR releases three new Loading Guides for industry

    Under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), parties in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) and drivers have an obligation to comply with loading requirements to maintain safety for all road users.

    To assist industry in complying with the HVNL loading and loading performance standards, the NHVR has developed Loading Guides.

    These one-pagers highlight common loading mistakes and best practice methods for securing a load.

    The guides have been designed for parties in the CoR to print out and display in their workplace to increase awareness, or to be placed in loading manuals as a quick reference.

    The NHVR has now released three new loading guides to promote safety through good load restraint practices and help industry comply with loading requirements.

    Access the guides here: Industry is encouraged to provide feedback via the NHVR’s website.
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    PBS Digitisation Update

    On 7 September, the NHVR met with Assessors, Certifiers, Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) representatives and other industry partners to inform them of progress with digitisation of Performance Based Standards (PBS) into the NHVR Portal.

    Design Approval (DA) short form submissions have been reintroduced to assist assessors who are having difficulty with full form Portal submissions. Some Assessors have opted to stay with full form Portal submissions for new applications and are finding this process effective.

    Data entry staff and software development staff at the NHVR are working to ensure historic DA data entered into the Portal is correct.

    The NHVR is also continuing to examine the process of turning multiple layout DAs into a series of single layout DAs and is working to make this more effective and simpler for Certifiers.

    Any future data entry will initially start on low usage single layout DAs, to create less impact on Assessors and Certifiers. The aim will be to identify and fix DA data issues before restarting the digitisation of high usage historic DAs.

    For more information or to provide further feedback, visit or email


    TfNSW invites industry to complete tunnel height restriction online survey

    Transport for NSW is currently engaging the heavy vehicle industry to understand current practices used to comply with tunnel height restrictions on Sydney roads.

    The research findings will support a program of work initiated to improve safety and compliance around Sydney tunnels. Heavy vehicle drivers, employers and managers are invited to participate in an online survey to share their experiences, challenges and ideas.

    The survey is completely anonymous and will be open until Sunday 1 October 2023.

    To participate in this research, please click here:

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    On the Road - Issue 168 - 15 September 2023