New regulatory advice for safety technologies and telematics

The NHVR has released guidance on best-practice safety technologies and telematics for Chain of Responsibility (CoR) parties to meet primary duty obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

Section 26C of the HVNL imposes a primary safety duty on each party in the chain to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety of the party’s transport activities. Section 26D applied similar obligations to executive officers.

Safety technologies and telematics offer businesses incredibly powerful tools to minimise safety risks, such as:

  • Braking – Autonomous Emergency braking (AEB), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
  • Stability – Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • Crash prevention – Forward Collision Alert (FCA), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA)
  • Drive Assistance – On-Board Mass Monitoring (OBMM), fatigue/distraction detection

Operators in the process of upgrading their fleet with new vehicles, or seeking to retrofit safety technologies to existing vehicles should discuss their operating environment and requirements with technology providers.

Some offer multiple technologies bundled together, which can be the most cost-effective way of addressing a range of risks.

For more information on this release, visit the NHVR website.

The NHVR’s Regulatory Advice series now numbers over twenty topics, and are intended to offer guidance, tips and tools for managing a range of heavy vehicle and transport-related risks and hazards.

Previous Regulatory Advice releases are available here.

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