Daily safety check list launched for operators

Media Release

DC200/2016

25 November 2016

A simple safety initiative launched by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) will help truck drivers—and other motorists—stay safe on Australian roads.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the NHVR's Daily Safety Check List would promote safety standards in the trucking and logistics sector.

“Safer roads and safer drivers can change lives and save lives and the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (NHVIM) provides a nationally-consistent approach to assessing compliance with vehicle standards across the country,” Mr Chester said.

“A heavy vehicle operator is responsible for ensuring their vehicle is roadworthy and therefore safe to travel on the road network, and the checklist is a simple way for them to make sure their vehicle is ready to roll.”

“The safety checklist involves a quick visual inspection of a heavy vehicle before it leaves a yard, depot or rest area for the day. Something as simple as this helps ensure the safety of both the driver and other road users by giving operators confidence their vehicle is in good working order.”

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the guide was developed after consultation with individual operators and jurisdictions based on their operational experiences when inspecting heavy vehicles.

“Safety must be everyone's number one priority and we hope to encourage all operators to implement a daily safety check,” Mr Petroccitto said.

Some of the items for operators to check include:

  • tyres are correctly inflated,
  • horn and lights are operational,
  • brake failure indicators are functioning, and
  • towbar, drawbar and couplings are securely mounted

Additional items and areas to check can be obtained from the NHVIM which contains a comprehensive list of components and systems and their inspection criteria.

www.nhvr.gov.au/nhvim.

The NHVIM will be complemented by the current Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue Research project, which is investigating driver alertness, sleep patterns and the risks associated with reduced concentration to better inform future fatigue policy. The Australian Government has invested $828,000 in the project.