Heavy vehicle regulator launches review into livestock transport safety

Beef Central, 17/03/2020

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is calling for feedback on future safety reforms across the livestock supply chain.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto told last week’s Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association’s 2020 Conference in Tamworth that the review would target several key areas where Chain of Responsibility laws applied to the movement of sheep and cattle.

“We’ve identified a range of issues including loading practices, understanding of mass management and general understanding of regulatory responsibilities,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“There are a number of questions raised about why overloading occurs, the pressures on drivers and how the livestock supply chain are meeting their safety responsibilities.”

According to the Livestock Supply Chain Issues Paper, movement of sheep and cattle makes up about four per cent of the national freight task, but accounts for more than 10 per cent of accidents, including a significant number of rollovers.

The average livestock journey from the farm gate to the processor is estimated to be over 500km, involving stops and transfers between feedlots, saleyards, vehicles and spelling.

The need for further guidance around livestock loading practices followed a review last year by the NHVR into Improvement Notices issued to Forbes and Dubbo saleyards.

“It’s important we look at what we can do to make these journeys as safe as possible for drivers, livestock and other road users,” Sal said.

“We are seeking responses to a series of questions about opportunities to improve mass management awareness and practices, and identify tools that will help members of the livestock supply chain in meeting their safety and regulatory responsibilities.”

Submissions to the Livestock Supply Chain Review close on April 24, 2020.

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association said it is consulting with State Member Associations and lodge a submission in response to the review.

To respond to the issues raised, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/consultation

Source: NHVR


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  1. Paul Franks, 17/03/2020

    I cannot see where the NHVR will be looking at the quality of the roads where most trucks carrying livestock have to go.

    If they are not going to look into this as well then they are not serious about their review.

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