Operating a truck business can get quite expensive. In addition to fuel, licenses, cargo levies, maintenance costs, there’s the price of truck parts. The real trouble comes from unplanned expenses. These come in two forms – vehicular damage, defect notices and penalty notices.
While stopping at the Heavy Vehicle Safety Stations (HVSS) may seem like a nuisance, it does serve a purpose. It’s intended to ensure the safety of all road users, including the truck and bus drivers themselves. When the HVSS officers inspect your heavy vehicle, they are looking out for your interests, and that of other drivers and pedestrians.
As many drivers are on their routes for days at a time, they might not notice damage promptly. Vehicular safety authorities understand this, so they are working to make the process as painless as possible.
It’s on this basis that the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has issued a new self-clearing notice. What this means is that certain defects no longer draw an immediate fine, as long as they don’t pose a risk to road users’ safety. Listed infractions include number plates that are obscured and light lenses that are cracked.
The list also includes a single brake light that has failed, though this only applies if all your other brake lights are in good working condition. As long as fellow drivers can see your other brake lights, they don’t run the risk of backing into you when you make a sudden stop.
If a highway patrol or HVSS officer identifies one of these defects on your truck, you won’t be charged on the spot. Instead, the officer will issue you a notice to repair the damage yourself. This gives you 28 days to fix the problem, saving truck companies a fortune in time and penalties.
If you haven’t resolved the issue within that time, you could face up to $3,000 in non-compliance fines. In line with this notice, drivers should display a label that shows they are part of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS).
Not having this label is a chargeable offence.
To show that you are well within the system, you’ll need to pay $72 for an NHVR access permit, up from $70. This new fee came into effect on July 1st. The self-clearing notice applies from the same date, so you should source any truck parts that you need to ensure compliance.
In addition to these two matters, drivers have a few more months to get their roller-brakes up to speed. Drivers had been asked to ensure their brakes range between 3kN/t and 4.4 kN/t. The deadline for first-time non-compliance warnings has been stretched to 30th September 2017.
Here at Multispares, we ensure you get the highest quality truck and Bus parts at the most affordable prices. As you go about ensuring that your truck is up to heavy vehicle standards and fixing any defect notices, you can always call us on 13 16 15 and ask one of our experts for advice.