Heavy Vehicle Incident Reporting

In line with Main Roads commitment to the provision of a safe, sustainable and efficient freight network, all on-road incidents involving a Restricted Access Vehicle (RAV) operating under a Permit or Order, must be reported to Heavy Vehicle Services (HVS) within 48 hours of the incident occurring. To assist industry, HVS has created a reporting form, which is available below.

 

The scheme focuses on on-road incidents that impact the road network and/or road safety, which assists Main Roads in
  1. Identifying potential problem areas on the road network, particularly if incidents or near misses continue to occur at the same location,
  2. Taking necessary action to try and improve the road network, as well as ensuring that RAV's are complying with the West Australian Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (WAHVA) standards.
 
The most common incident types that must be reported to Heavy Vehicle Services are listed below.
Rollover
An incident involving a RAV that results in part or all of the combination rolling over. HVS will work with the transport operator involved to establish the cause of the rollover. It may be necessary for the transport operator to verify they have appropriate systems in place under their WAHVA to mitigate rollover risks.
Crash
A RAV colliding with another vehicle or a stationary object such as a tree, power pole, building or road infrastructure, while travelling on a public road, regardless of who is at fault. Reporting a crash involving a RAV allows HVS to review the events that led to the incident and to assign appropriate actions as necessary.
Vehicle Separation
A trailer or dolly that has detached from the combination whilst operating on the public road network.  HVS will work with the transport operator involved to establish the cause of the vehicle separation. It may be necessary for the transport operator to verify they have appropriate maintenance systems in place under their WAHVA.
Animal Strike
A RAV striking an animal, particularly if damage is caused to the vehicle and the animal is left on the roadside, which will likely have an impact on the road network and/or road safety. Reporting animal strike incidents assist the Regions in identifying problem areas and prioritising fencing or culling programs.
Near Miss
A near miss involving a RAV means a serious incident almost occurred, but didn't. This could include many things, such as almost hitting cattle on the road, or almost hitting another vehicle turning out of an intersection, or almost rolling over. HVS will review the events that led to the near miss and assign appropriate actions as necessary.
Vehicle Failure
When a RAV malfunctions causing the vehicle to impact the road network and/or road safety. This could be an engine failure that has resulted in the vehicle blocking a lane and causing congestion, or it could be brakes seizing on a trailer, or a wheel falling off. HVS will work with the transport operator involved to establish the cause of the vehicle failure. It may be necessary for the transport operator to verify they have appropriate maintenance systems in place under their WAHVA.

 

It is important to note that the reporting of heavy vehicle incidents to HVS does not relate to the requirement to report crashes to WA Police as required under road law.
Modified: 06 Feb 2019