Since the 1990’s National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) has been known as a alternative compliance scheme. It has since evolved as a formal process for recognising operators who have robust safety and other management systems in place. It is also increasingly being used to show compliance with general duty requirements under road transport law.
Heavy Vehicle operators can apply to have their business and assets accredited under the following NHVAS modules;
· Mass Management
· Maintenance Management
· Fatigue Management: Basic Fatigue Management (BFM)
· Fatigue Management: Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM)
The National Heavy Vehicle Operator (NHVR) is now responsible for administering the NHVAS nationally which includes accrediting and managing the auditors who are accredited for carrying out the NHVAS initial and renewal audits.
MAEZ is proud to have access to an NHVAS accredited auditor and therefore offer accreditation audits for both initial access and renewal accreditations for each of the modules.
There are definite benefits of accessing the scheme for any operator willing and able to demonstrate compliance. Now the laws require compliance so the natural progression for any operator should be to simply move to an NHVAS accreditation allowing them to generate more revenue, by streamlining processes or improving capacity.
If you have any vendor who holds an NHVAS accreditation in one of the modules, it is fair to say that you have a vendor who has been able to show robust process in that module to the minimum standard the law requires.