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ALC and ATA team up to develop Master Code

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The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) and the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) will work together to develop an industry-wide Master Code for heavy vehicle safety.

The joint Notices of Intention were submitted to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) in a move both organisations said is a significant step toward providing certainty for the industry and promoting higher heavy vehicle safety standards.

The four joint Notices cover issues in speeding, fatigue, mass, dimension and loading, and vehicle standards and maintenance.

The proposed plans including consultation with technical experts from "all facets of the industry to drill down and identify relevant risks to be managed and suggest suitable content for inclusion into an operator or supply chain party's risk assessment process".

"Relevant input from experts, operators and supply chain parties will be invited at workshops and forums at the ALC Safety Summit and Trucking Australia 2017. Input will finally be sought during direct consultations and discussions with parties expressing an interest in the development of the Code," the Notices said.

“Improving safety outcomes along our supply chains is a core objective for the ALC, and heavy vehicle safety forms a significant part of that,” said ALC Managing Director, Michael Kilgariff.

“As the Australian Government has agreed to ALC’s call to develop a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, this an opportune time to establish a Master Code, developed by and for the industry which will maximise the ability of operators to design safety schemes applicable to their own businesses, and accordingly make our industry and roads safer,” Kilgariff said.

“Our planned Master Code will improve safety outcomes and will help meet and manage the common risks faced by all heavy vehicle operators,” said ATA CEO, Ben Maguire.

“We know that 98 per cent of trucking businesses have fewer than 20 employees, and that other relevant road parties such as consignors and receivers also have Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) obligations.

“The Master Code will benefit all parties to help them manage the safety risks over which they have control.

“The Code will be freely available and will not replace the ATA’s TruckSafe scheme. The ATA will continue to offer this audited scheme for businesses seeking to meet the highest possible safety standards."

“I am confident this joint proposal for a Master Code is capable of delivering improved safety outcomes for all road users, as well as creating greater certainty for operators by reducing duplication and red tape for everyone with HVNL obligations,” Kilgariff said.

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