The Purpose of NHVR
To consolidate national heavy vehicle laws and standards
The NHVR is also
Responsible for some aspects of heavy vehicle regulation such as
Accreditation of vehicle inspection stations and approval of vehicle examiners
Dangerous goods regulation
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.
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
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.