• 09/15 – Something New – Chain of Maintenance

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    WATM | September 2015
    By Mike Wood (LATUS)

    What you say, “Yet another bit of legislation”. Yes, the ‘Chain of Maintenance’ is here. What do you mean you have never heard of it? Well probably not, as I have just created that term as I write this article. Ok so it is something I just conjured up, but believe me it is not a myth – it is a reality and that reality is not that new. Under WA Law it is mandatory that certain classes of vehicles have HVA accreditation.

    The mandatory classifications are:

    • B-Double or Road Train Configurations or
    • Truck & Trailer combinations over 42.5 tonnes gross
      mass or;
    • Do more than four single trips (oversize or overmass) per
      calendar year or;
    • Operate under concessional loading scheme or;
    • Require an annual Main Roads Permit or Order and;
    • Operators who perform, transport tasks for hire or reward (If over 8 tonne)

    So just about all vehicles in the heavy truck end of town.

    Under the HVA accreditation system there are a series of standards that need to be addressed in order to have the accreditation. Under Standard 4 – ‘Maintenance Schedules and Methods’, HVA is looking for evidence that vehicles are being systematically maintained through a series of work  schedules relevant to the vehicle…

    To read more, a pdf version of the full article is available for download here.

    This article is from the September 2015 issue of the WA Transport Magazine. The WA Transport Magazine is available directly from the publisher – Angry Chicken Publishing.