BTS 19: Tech moves from lab to cab

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THE NATIONAL HEAVY VEHICLE Regulator (NHVR) wants to see more support for the heavy vehicle industry’s drive to take technology out of the lab and into the cab.


NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says technology and data are critical to improved road freight safety and productivity.

"A range of emerging technologies are creating opportunities for the industry to modernise its approach to heavy vehicle safety and productivity," he says. "It’s an exciting time.

"I want the NHVR to be in a position to assist operators that are driving a smarter, safer and more productive industry. I want to ensure that, wherever possible, our laws are supporting those wanting to adapt to and adopt new technologies."

Fatigue & Distraction Detection

Trials of fatigue and distraction management detection technology are identifying and alerting drivers of fatigue.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is investing $250,000 on a study into the technology.

"A recent vehicle technology survey of eight manufacturers and the 16 different brands showed safety features such as fatigue detection, stability control and lane departure warnings were becoming more common on newer vehicles," Petroccitto says.

NHVR Portal

The regulator is adding functionality and features to the NHVR Portal to reduce processing times for operators applying for more than 50,000 road access permits a year.

The NHVR Portal was launched in August 2016 as a single portal for operators and road managers to access permit and registration information.

Information is held in a cloud platform known as the NHVR’s Safety and Compliance Regulatory Platform to be accessed by more than 400 road managers and 15,000 operators.

"The successful transition from a state-based paper system to a digital platform allows us to look at new features including PBS and accreditation information, making the portal a truly one stop shop," Petroccitto says.

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Performance-based standards

The growing PBS fleet is at the forefront of heavy vehicle technology, with vehicles required to meet 16 stringent safety standards and four infrastructure standards to access the road network.

"Now into its eleventh year with more than 8,500 combinations approved, the PBS fleet is delivering 46 per cent less major accidents than the conventional fleet," Petroccitto says.

"PBS vehicles also reduce trip numbers saving almost 170 million litres of fuel a year and reduced road maintenance expenses," he adds.

Visit NHVR at the truck show

"Join us at one of our seminars or stop by for a chat at this year’s Truck Show," Petroccitto says.

"Our experts will be on hand to answer questions and hear your ideas on how we can help create a safer, more productive and efficient heavy vehicle industry."

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