NHVR welcomes Council appointment

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has welcomed Geoff Casey’s recent Chair appointment.

Casey has been appointed Chair of the TruckSafe Industry Accreditation Council (TIAC).

NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto, said that the Regulator was looking forward to continuing their productive relationship with TruckSafe.

“On behalf of the NHVR I congratulate Geoff on his appointment,” said Petroccitto.

“He is a well-respected safety leader in our industry who will bring significant experience and diverse expertise to the role of Chair.

“Having spent a number of years working alongside Geoff at the NHVR I know firsthand his commitment to a safer heavy vehicle industry.

“I look forward to continuing to work alongside TruckSafe to make our industry safer and more productive for everyone.”

TruckSafe is an award-winning business and risk management system improving the safety and professionalism of trucking operators nationwide. It is recognised for its comprehensive industry safety standards including a robust third-party auditing system.

“The integrity of TruckSafe is managed by TIAC – an independent expert panel that approves accreditation applications, audits and regularly reviews the TruckSafe standards,” said TruckSafe Chair, Ferdie Kroon.

“We are extremely honoured to welcome Geoff as TIAC Chair and look forward to the wealth of knowledge and experience he will bring to this role, which is fundamental to TruckSafe’s rigorous independent audit approach.

“Geoff has an extensive background in regulatory policy, risk and safety management systems in safety critical industries,” he said.

Geoff Casey.

Casey is former Executive Director of Safety Standards and Assurance at the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, where he was responsible for the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme, Performance Based Standards, safety promotions, training and education, safety standards, fatigue and the regulatory assurance framework. During his time with the NHVR he led a number of key national projects including Electronic Work Diaries, roadworthiness and roll out of Safety Management Systems in support of chain of responsibility implementation.

Prior to his role at the NHVR, Casey’s predominant background and experience had been in the aviation industry including as an airline pilot, in air traffic management, as a regulator and having responsibility for operational safety, investigations and risk at Qantas, including holding the regulatory delegation as Head of Safety.

Casey said that as a safety regulator, he has a great respect for the contribution TruckSafe makes to the safety of the heavy vehicle industry.

“For many years, industry leading organisations have utilised TruckSafe, its robust systems and its methodologies to successfully manage their safety responsibilities,” said Casey.

“It is a privilege to be asked to chair this essential compliance and assurance element of the scheme.

“As Trucksafe continues to evolve and support the heavy vehicle industry, I hope that my involvement with TIAC will not only contribute to the integrity of TruckSafe, but the ongoing continuous improvement process and safety of the broader heavy vehicle industry and associated supply chain.”

Kroon said that as a well-respected former regulator, Casey’s passion for safety and strong leadership would ensure TruckSafe continued to make a meaningful and immense contribution to industry safety.

“Accredited TruckSafe members are externally audited by a third party,” said Kroon.

“These external audits can be used as evidence demonstrating compliance with the TruckSafe Standards which, in turn, provides a strong defence with respect to chain of responsibility within the Heavy Vehicle National Law and the Master Code.”

“Geoff’s leadership and the continuing work of TIAC will ensure our members maintain high quality, best practice standards.”

In welcoming Casey to the role, Kroon has also thanked the acting TIAC chairs.

“I would like to thank Denis Robertson and Jan Pattison for their leadership and efforts as acting chairs since the sad passing of former TIAC Chair Professor Michael Coper,” he said.