HEAVY VEHICLE PENALTY FIXATION
The NHVR commits to risk-based enforcements, but will we see a difference on the road?
We came across an interesting article within ‘Owner Driver January 2019’ which argues the point that if the ‘go-to’ method of applying heavy fines to Heavy Vehicle operators and drivers is the main approach to authority on the roads then is this really increasing road safety?
Our clients frequently complain about receiving heavy fines for minor offences on our roads that cause little to no safety risk at all. Authorised officers have a range of enforcement tools that could be used prior to a heavy penalty notice; warnings, directions and improvement notices – then why is slapping a fine on a small roadside error the right call of action? Is it laziness? or is it really the best way to get the point across to the operator?
Infringement notices are correctional measures, whereas improvement and defect notices are remedial, requiring the operator/driver to fix the issue causing the breach. The enforcement and penalty approach should really favor a remedial response before punishment.
Elite Compliance Consulting staff can assist you in preparing or reviewing documents. Training of staff, drivers and persons that have control is a requirement of Directors and Management.
Contact us to arrange training or a meeting on your site, as a risk control.
As Chain of Responsibility laws and penalties are becoming more common within the Heavy Vehicle Transport business – it may be wise for yourself and your business to become inducted into the Chain of Responsibility Management System.
Contact our team to discuss further about being accredited.Call 1300 524 121