The future HVNL should recognise the diversity of heavy vehicle operations and heavy vehicle operators.
It needs to provide simplicity and certainty for those who
want it and open the door to other operators who wish to use
alternative and innovative ways to better manage risks.
The future HVNL should encourage operators to create and
use safety management systems, and raise confidence in their
ability to operate safely.
Summary of problems and options
Improving the regulator’s awareness of regulated parties
The NHVR faces several constraints in its ability to build risk profiles of
regulated parties. One constraint is that it has limited awareness of who it is regulating. This is because
barriers to entry into the transport industry are low and under current arrangements there are no
mechanisms to record who is operating as a heavy vehicle operator.
- 7.1a Voluntary enrolment
- 7.1b Mandatory enrolment (for some operators)
- 7.1c Operator licensing (all operators)
- 7.1d Operator licensing (higher risk operators only)
Enhancing the effectiveness of the assurance framework for operators and reducing duplication
There is both anecdotal and quantitative evidence that accreditation improves an operator’s risk
management. Thus, all things being equal, a higher level of industry accreditation would
lead to improvements in risk management and therefore safety outcomes. However, it has been estimated that over 80 per cent of operators are not enrolled in any accreditation scheme.
7.2: Remove the regulatory assurance framework and rely on performance standards - read in RIS
7.4: Enable multiple regulatory certification schemes - read in RIS