Accreditation encourages heavy vehicle operators to take more responsibility for
servicing their vehicles regularly and ensuring their vehicles are safe at all
times. It helps you manage your business more efficiently, partly because you
will have clear procedures for ensuring your vehicles are well maintained, and
partly because there will be reduced down time associated with breakdowns and
annual inspections. It should also lead to greater road safety.
The benefits to an operator can include:
Pit exceptions from QLD Transport for all vehicles
listed in the NHVAS Maintenance Scheme
productivity and efficiency;
improved skills and
accountability of drivers and mechanics;
in the condition of the firm’s vehicles;
life and lower maintenance costs;
relationships with enforcement agencies;
reduced impact of
Benefits to the community include better and more consistent compliance with
road safety standards.
If you are an accredited operator you must ensure
your vehicles are well maintained so they meet all relevant safety
You need to keep a record of
the maintenance and servicing work done to each vehicle so you can prove the
vehicles are safe at all times.
need to ensure all accredited vehicles comply with the Transport Operations
(Road Use Management – Vehicle Standards and Safety) Regulation 1999 and the
relevant Australian Design Rules (ADRs). These contain mandatory requirements
for the safe design, construction and maintenance of heavy vehicles.
It is up to you to decide how you are going to
maintain your vehicles and prove adherence to the standards. The
important thing is that you write down the method you use, and
explain how it works. This will be your Maintenance Management
stay accredited, you need to have documents that prove your method works and
your vehicles are well maintained.
In part, this means keeping records of all maintenance schedules and
repairs. You must also be able to prove you always follow your written
Performance standards have been developed to ensure that everyone in the
scheme has achieved the same standard of compliance.