Australia’s leading safety accreditation scheme, TruckSafe, is preparing the trucking industry for the introduction of the new Master Industry Code of Practice.

Aimed at improving the professionalism and safety of trucking operators nationwide, TruckSafe will release a practical gap-analysis tool to ensure accredited members meet their duties under the recent changes to Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) chain of responsibility obligations and newly released master code.

“TruckSafe is safeguarding members and updating our standards to reflect the recent changes,” TruckSafe Chair Ferdie Kroon said today.

“We need to make sure the trucking industry is ready. The new standards raise the bar of chain of responsibility compliance and the gap-analysis tool will help ensure existing and new members are covered.

“The tool has been specially developed to help our members transition their policies and procedures from the current to the new standards,” he said.

The newly released master code outlines clear guidelines for operators to meet their responsibilities under the HVNL and the revised TruckSafe standards will be consistent with this.

“The gap-analysis tool will be sent to members in January 2019, ensuring members have plenty of time to make the necessary changes before the new standards are introduced in April at the ATA’s annual Trucking Australia conference,” Mr Kroon said.

“We will also roll out additional supportive tools in 2019 to make the transition as easy and hassle-free as possible.

“TruckSafe is a world-class business and risk management scheme that gives accredited members confidence they are operating under best-practice systems.

“TruckSafe also gives customers and the community assurance that operators have responsible work practices, well maintained vehicles, healthy trained drivers and management systems that meet the transport needs,” he said.

Article courtesy of Australian Trucking Association