Changes to the way the NZ Transport Agency regulates the heavy vehicle transport sector will have a major impact on members.
The agency has announced it is getting tough on enforcement as part of its extensive review of compliance.
“Safety is our top priority and at the core of why we are making changes to how we approach regulation,” the agency says. “This is not just in the heavy vehicle transport sector, but across all of areas that we are responsible for as a regulator.”
Review of Operator Rating System (ORS)
Currently, ORS provides a rating between one and five stars based on CoF inspections, roadside inspections, and relevant traffic offences and infringements. The agency says it is likely that more compliance data will be included in the ORS calculations, and adjustments being made to the weightings of some criteria.
The agency will not issue ORS scores in February 2019. It says once a new rating is available it will send it to operators as soon as possible.
“You are reminded that you are accountable for ensuring that your heavy vehicle operation is safe and compliant, and that you have systems in place to monitor this.”
Heavy vehicle permits’ application and compliance monitoring changes
From January 17, 2019, the timeframe for standard permits will extend from five to 10 days. Complex permit applications where there are non-compliance issues to consider will take longer.
This operator check is to be significantly strengthened and will provide a comprehensive understanding of compliance. This includes investigating whether there have been any driver fatigue/distraction issues, road user charges (RUC) evasion, and speeding offences.
This change may increase the permit assessment timeframes. The Transport Agency will take longer to consider cases where there is non-compliance, and the application will be at risk of being declined in these cases. Permits will not be issued if non-compliance is considered a safety risk.