The National Roadworthiness Baseline Survey (NRBS) is now underway. The survey, which is the first national safety survey of its kind ever undertaken in Australia, will allow the NHVR to properly understand the health and roadworthiness of Australia’s 520,000-strong heavy vehicle fleet.
COLLECTING ACCURATE DATA ACROSS THE COUNTRY IS KEY
At the moment, it’s difficult to get a clear picture of the state of the nation’s heavy haulage transport fleet because different data is compiled by each state and territory. The only way to improve the roadworthiness of heavy vehicles and achieve national consistency is to get an accurate snapshot of the industry.
The survey was officially launched last month at Australia’s Heavy Vehicle Engineering Conference and the survey commenced collecting data on August 1.
In a press release on August 1, NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said heavy vehicle operators need to advise their drivers and clients to allow appropriate time and have contingencies in place for potential vehicle inspections.
“If a vehicle is selected it will have a comprehensive visual inspection which, depending on the condition of the vehicle, may take on average 30 minutes and in certain case around 45 minutes,” he said.
“Operators must be prepared for a potential delay. We understand the importance of time in the supply chain and with drivers’ cooperation we will ensure minimal disruption occurs.
WHAT SHOULD DRIVERS AND OPERATORS EXPECT?
Apart from delays of between 30 – 45 minutes for a vehicle inspection, drivers and operators can expect their vehicle to undergo a series of brake tests and be asked about:
- Load type
- Type of brake system
- Type of suspension, steering, fuel system
- Trailer ownership
- State and/or Federal registration
- Vehicles will be selected randomly through a continuous inspection method
- Most of the inspections will be random roadside intercepts to ensure the sample is representative of the in-service fleet. The inspection of buses, coaches and Special Purpose Vehicle’s (SPV) will predominantly be scheduled at depots.
- Yes, under the HVNL (and equivalent legislation in NT and WA) inspectors can use existing powers to compel drivers to cooperate with the Inspection.
- We have sought to minimise disruption to industry in the way we have designed the Survey. Operators are required by the Heavy Vehicle National Law to manage the driving task and also respond to delays incurred by external factors such as traffic enforcement, congestion and mechanical issues.
- Very low. We will be inspecting approximately 1.7% of Australia’s 520,000 heavy vehicle fleet.
All the survey questions are based on the updated National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual, which is freely available on the NHVR website.