On 1 July 2018there will be some changes to heavy vehicle registration in NSW.
A new National Heavy Vehicle plate and a nationally consistent plate will be issued (image above)
Heavy vehicle registration labels will no longer be required
Business operators need to ensure that, when drivers are conducting Pre-Trip Inspections on the vehicle, as required, to ensure the vehicle is registered before commencing any shift on any new day.
They do this without a Registration label to reference, the drivers are to be advised on how to access the RMS website and check that the vehicle is registered.Business operators may need to consider amending their existing Work Instructions or Safe Operating procedures to ensure the revised instruction is communicated.
The consideration of re-training for all drivers in the inspection process, should be evaluated to reduce the risk of any breach occurring.
There will be a nationally consistent fee of $25 per ‘set’ of national heavy vehicle plates. A trailer plate will be treated as a set.
BUSINESS OPERATORS ARE TO BE AWARE OF THEIR SUBCONTRACTORS AND SAFETY
Managing subcontractors is an important aspect of CoR compliance. As a transport operator arranging for another party to transport goods on your behalf, you are a ‘consignor’ under the HVNL.
Before you engage any subcontractor, you should collect evidence from the potential subcontractor to assess whether the subcontractor is complying with its CoR obligations and will continue to do so in the future.Once you have engaged a subcontractor, you should also regularly review the subcontractor’s compliance documentation and forms.
If you don’t take control of your subcontractor, you are unlikely to discharge your primary duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety of your transport activities.
The kinds of documents you could consider in determining the suitability of a particular subcontractor include:
certificates of currency for relevant insurance policies;
accreditations (such as TruckSafe, NHVAS Mass Management, NHVAS Maintenance Management and NHVAS Basic/Advanced Fatigue Management);
training records, licences and vehicle registrations registers
permits and approvals (if necessary for the services being provided); and\
Business policies, instructions and procedures.
You should also ask your potential subcontractor questions about whether the subcontractor:
·carries out drug and alcohol testing and medical examinations of drivers;
·carries out licence/driving history checks and, if so, how frequently;
·carries out inductions for all drivers and, if so, what those inductions cover;
·requires drivers to complete vehicle pre-start checks and fitness for duty assessments;
·has on-board monitoring systems fitted to its vehicles and if the data from these systems is regularly reviewed; and verified
has a history of heavy vehicle offences.
Contact Elite Compliance Consulting (ECC) and we can assist with documented procedures to assist and guide your business through their process.
Operators need to be aware of the scheduled changes in regards to Heavy vehicle registrations.