Taken from Media Release

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is the latest Core Funder to join the National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP).

Becoming a Core Funder of the NRSPP, the NHVR is further demonstrating its commitment to engaging positively with the wider industry to ensure road safety, while still maintaining the productivity required across the heavy vehicle industry.

The NHVR joins the South Australian Motor Accident Commission, NSW State Insurance Regulatory Authority, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, Victorian Transport Accident Commission, Transport for NSW, VicRoads and WA Road Safety Commission, as Core Funders.

From its beginning, the NHVR has been integral in establishing the mechanisms to support heavy vehicle operators in taking responsibility for managing their risks to deliver safety outcomes. It will achieve this goal further by also being an integral part of the NRSPP.

Jerome Carslake, manager of the NRSPP welcomed the NHVR as its latest Core Funder. “The NRSPP, as proudly hosted by the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB), is evolving and building a centre of excellence for workplace road safety.

“Our partners work together to build initiatives which will have a meaningful impact on work related road injury and fatality.”

“By partnering with, and being supported by, the NHVR, NRSPP can be a powerful tool in the NHVR’s strategy to provide both safe and productive journeys for the heavy vehicle industry” he said.

Dr Ian Johnston AM, Independent Chair of NRSPP Steering Committee, shared Jerome Carslake’s praise of the NHVR’s further involvement in the NRSPP.

“The goals of both the NHVR and NRSPP and quite similar. The NRSPP’s motto ‘Improving road safety, it’s simply good business!’ is in line with the NHVR’s goal of improving safety outcomes through the effective management of risk and adoption of Safety Management Systems. With such similarities between the two, it was only fitting that there was greater support for the NRSPP by the NHVR” Ian said.

As an example of how NRSPP is promoting good practice safety in the heavy vehicle in early 2018, NRSPP will be releasing a case study exploring how Program Partner Darryl Dickenson Transport has grown its business without compromising safety. Tracie Dickson is eager to expand on her businesses’ case study through a webinar which will follow. Funding from NHVR will help industry learn how safety is a crucial component of a profitable business.

“It is sharing these sorts of practical examples for others to build upon which is the strength of the NRSPP” Ian said. The NRSPP looks forward to working closer with the NHVR in the future to achieving their shared goals.

About the NHVR

The NHVR is Australia’s independent regulator for all vehicles over 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass. As the national regulator for the heavy vehicle road transport industry, we aim to assist the heavy vehicle industry to be safer and more productive by:

  • ensuring industry’s understanding of their roles and responsibilities
  • contributing to a regulatory framework and the harmonisation of associated standards
  • ensuring appropriate levels of safety and compliance through ongoing review of business practices and behaviours
  • developing a consistent approach to interventions and investigations using national standards and methodologies
  • supporting appropriate behaviour and best practice throughout the supply chain by utilising Chain of Responsibility laws
  • leading the transition from state-based regulator to a single national regulator
  • supporting improved safety and compliance outcomes by education, guidance and the adoption of innovative technology.

For further detail, head to nhvr.gov.au.

About the NRSPP

The NRSPP offers a collaborative network for Australian organisations to build and implement effective road safety strategies in the workplace.

The program offers organisations the resources to improve road safety that best fit their individual operations and, at the same time, improve business productivity through less time and money lost through safety incidents. Partners within the NRSPP recognise road safety not as a competitive advantage but as a shared advantage. For further detail, head to nrspp.org.au.

About ARRB      

ARRB is the source of independent expert transport knowledge, advising key decision makers on our nation’s most important challenges. It also manages the NSRPP.

ARRB has a strong heritage supporting and delivering high quality applied research for Australian and New Zealand state road agencies (our Members) and for the community. ARRB’s team analyse and interpret global research and apply it to the Australian and New Zealand context. For further detail, head to arrb.com.au.

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Media Contacts:

To arrange an interview with an NRSPP spokesperson, please contact:

Jerome Carslake, Manager: jerome.carslake@arrb.com.au | +61 3 9881 1670

For the NHVR, please contact Rebecca Ho, Director Communications, Marketing and Media: | +61 429 310 677