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NHVR outlines future technology adoption

Sourced from Prime Mover Magazine - October 16, 2018



The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) this week outlined its current priorities at the 2018 Technology Maintenance Conference in Melbourne.

Speaking as part of the now annual Meet the Inspectors session of the event, Paul Simionato, NHVR Operations Manager confirmed the wheels were in motion for the national regulator to adopt and adapt to new technologies alongside the rest of the heavy vehicle industry.

“There are opportunities to make an impact and achieve both productivity and safety gains for Australia’s heavy vehicle industry,” he said.

According to Simionato it was important for customers to interact with the NHVR as a single point of contact so that operators and drivers commit to regulatory operations in the future.

“Transitional services will provide what we need, a required seamless border so that we can apply the national regulation to the heavy vehicle law and that we can also make it consistent so that people understand the implications under the law and that they can comply with the law across the nation,” he said.

To do this, data was crucial in helping the regulator reach its future safety and productivity outcomes.

“To accommodate data the NHVR is undergoing a digital transformation that would provide great benefits in heavy vehicle safety and productivity,” said Simionato.

“In July the NHVR started to integrate for the first time heavy vehicle registration data from seven different states and territories with licensing and compliance accreditation data.”

Data is held in the cloud on the NHVR safety and compliance regulatory platform. That platform, according to Simionato, will deliver a number of functions including feedback investigation case management, mobile application delivery capability, data analytics and performance reporting for the NHVR and its stakeholders.

He said over the next two years all NHVR services will be migrated over to the NHVR portal.

Accreditation would soon follow.

“We expect operators will be able to apply for and manage accreditation through the NHVR portal some time in the next couple of years,” said Simionato.

“There’s also mobile apps that interface with the regulatory platform to serve up information to when users need information. The NHVR rego checker app is due for release later in the month.

NHVR compliance officers currently carry the technology on their mobile phones and iPads.

An NHVR Intercept app has also been recently developed.

It will record the driver, driver’s load, the journey, vehicle, driver work diary and other details contingent to meeting the updating provisions of compliance.

“We are making inroads in terms of advancing our technology,” said Simionato

in July Tasmania and South Australia transitioned responsibility of compliance and enforcement to NHVR as it sought to become a nationally co-ordinated compliance group in the future.

“We’re now prepared to take on those expanding services across the nation,” he said. “NSW, Victoria and the ACT are likely to be transitioned by July 2020.”

Queensland has been earmarked for transition by 2022. He said there was no word on whether Western Australia or the Northern Territory would transition in due course.

With 300 employees and offices in Brisbane, Adelaide and Launceston in addition to regional offices, the NHVR is expanding services to grow in the coming years to bring it in line with the growing heavy vehicle industry.

Simionato acknowledged the industry was now worth $23 billion and ran across 810,000 kilometres of public roads with 550,000 heavy vehicles.

To date, the NHVR covers access permits to on-road compliance through to safety management systems and works an investigating presence in the chain of responsibility.

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