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National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Based in Brisbane, Queensland, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is Australia’s first national independent regulator for all heavy vehicles over 4.5 tonnes of gross vehicle mass.

The Purpose of NHVR

To consolidate national heavy vehicle laws and standards

Officially established as a statutory authority in 2013, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) also aims to replace corresponding state and territory legislation, whilst providing for a safe, efficient and productive heavy vehicle industry that serves the needs of Australia.

The NHVR is responsible for

  • Providing leadership and driving sustainable improvement to safety, productivity and efficiency outcomes across the heavy vehicle transport sector and the Australian economy
  • Minimising the compliance burden, while ensuring the objects of the HVNL are achieved and duty holders meet their obligations
  • Reducing the duplication of, and inconsistencies in, heavy vehicle regulation across state and territory borders.
  • The NHVR administers the national Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and associated regulatory services, which includes heavy vehicle access permit applications, fatigue management, and a national driver work diary.
  • Compliance and enforcement of the HVNL through existing state and territory transport inspectors and police services
  • The National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) and Performance Based Standards (PBS) services.

The NHVR is also

Responsible for some aspects of heavy vehicle regulation such as

  • Accreditation of vehicle inspection stations and approval of vehicle examiners
  • Vehicle registration
  • Driver licensing
  • Dangerous goods regulation
  • Road rules

Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL)

On 10 February 2014, the Heavy Vehicle National law (HVNL) and associated regulations commenced in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania.

The purpose of the HVNL is to establish a national scheme for facilitating and regulating the use of heavy vehicles on roads in a way that:

  • Promotes public safety
  • Manages the impact of heavy vehicles on the environment, road infrastructure and public amenity
  • Promotes industry productivity and efficiency in the road transport of goods and passengers by heavy vehicles
  • Encourages and promotes productive, efficient, innovative and safe business practices

The NHVR also oversees the five HVNL national regulations around general standards, fatigue management, mass, dimension and loading, registration and vehicle standards for heavy vehicles.

While the NHVR administers the overarching national HVLN and associated regulations, each state has subsequently passed a law that either adopts or duplicates the HVNL (with some modifications).

Although the HVNL has not yet commenced in Western Australia or the Northern Territory, the HVNL applies equally to vehicles from those jurisdictions when they cross into one of the states or territories where the HVNL applies – and in some cases, drivers may also need to comply with certain aspects of the HVNL before they cross the border.

National Heavy Vehicle Register

Changes to heavy vehicle registration in 2018 benefited the heavy vehicle industry by introducing common practices, processes and fees, and making it easier and cheaper to operate by reducing cross-border red tape and administrative costs relating to fleet-management.

National heavy vehicle plates are now issued whenever a new heavy vehicle is registered, an unregistered heavy vehicle is re-registered, or a state or territory registration is transferred to a jurisdiction other than WA, as well as if a lost, damaged, destroyed or stolen number plate is replaced.

Heavy vehicle operators can now access details of their registered assets for free on the NHVR Portal, and can undertake a series of checks that include confirming that the details recorded by jurisdictions align with their own records, checking that registration changes and transfers have been processed correctly, forecasting registration renewals and costs, and downloading or printing vehicle records to provide to other parties in the supply chain.

NHVR information and services

The NHVR provides a broad range of information and services for the heavy vehicle industry, including:

  • Safety, accreditation and compliance
  • licensing and registration
  • laws, policies and regulations
  • Industry codes of practice
  • Safety alerts and bulletins
  • Safety management systems
  • Vehicle standards and modifications
  • National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS)
  • Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI)
  • NHVR Portal – which offers a single source of business information, streamlining interactions and linking NHVR’s services

NHVR portal

With the introduction of the NHVR Portal, heavy vehicle owners/operators can now also:

  • Apply for network access permits
  • Apply for and manage your accreditation in the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS)
  • Review heavy vehicle registration information
  • Apply for Vehicle Standards exemptions, modifications and in-principle support

Find out more from the NHVR website.

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