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Updates to the National Heavy Vehicle Law

With the National Heavy Vehicle Law amendments taking effect from 1st October 2018, we wanted to provide an update on what M&S Transport have been doing to ensure that we are able to demonstrate compliance to the new amendments whilst continuing to deliver excellence in service.

Throughout our near 45 years of operation, we have always been a company focused on safety. This focus has enhanced over time, and is now the cornerstone of all our operational policies and procedures.

The next evolution of this safety focused mindset has been the design and implementation of a Safety Management System (SMS). This system meets the requirements of not only Workplace Health and Safety legislation, Codes of Practice and applicable Australian Standards but also encompasses the specific requirements of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), and the soon to be unveiled Registered Industry Code of Practice.

Our Safety Management System (SMS) ensures that we can:

  • provide the safest possible work environment for our employees, customers, contractors and
    the general public;
  • manage our safety responsibilities outlined under the HVNL;
  • demonstrate our ability to identify potential risks, and manage and mitigate their likelihood of
  • allocate resources to the most critical areas of our business that have an impact of safety; and,
  • become an employer of choice and preferred supplier to clients.

M&S have also recently upgraded our vehicle management and monitoring systems, which will ensure continued compliance with the HVNL.

In particular, the formal integration of GPS into our vehicle audit process means:

  • allocators are able to optimise performance of fleet by ensuring closest most suitable vehicle is always despatched for collections;
  • customer service staff can provide instantaneous response to pickup and delivery ETA enquiries;
  • operations staff can provide concrete evidence of working hours, including delays and waiting times on sites;
  • employee working hours and rest breaks can be monitored, ensuring compliance with fatigue laws;
  • vehicle service requirements and life cycle costs can be recorded and assessed against base line expectations of performance and useful life;
  • administration and compliance costs are optimised and minimised;
  • reporting procedures are centralised;

All of this makes us a safer and more efficient business.

Please contact us if you would like any further information, or to arrange a time to meet and discuss the changes to the HVNL, and how your requirements to ensure compliance may have changed.