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The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has laid out its intentions over the next few years. NHVR has published its three-year Corporate Plan outlining its reform agenda for the heavy vehicle industry.


“We can only achieve these outcomes in partnership with state and territory transport agencies and the heavy vehicle industry,” said Bruce Baird NHVR Chairman. “The State and Federal Ministers who are responsible for the NHVR have a clear expectation that the NHVR will deliver some of the most significant national heavy vehicle reform initiatives this country has seen.”


Looking down the list of projects the NHVR has taken on, simply demonstrates the size of the task ahead for the regulator:


  • Heavy Vehicle National Law Red Tape Reduction Program
  • National Heavy Vehicle Safety Strategy
  • Safety Risk Management Framework
  • A Productivity Strategy encompassing standard definitions and conditions for B-double and road trains, higher mass limit vehicles, agricultural equipment, PBS Level 2 notice for key freight routes; standard vehicle and road manager permit conditions and the Heavy Vehicle Classification Framework
  • Completion of technology trials to prove the feasibility of utilising existing jurisdictional heavy vehicle monitoring systems in a national network and completion of the business case assessing the costs and benefits of different development and implementation options for government consideration
  • A National Compliance and Assurance Strategy, which will establish the future direction for the delivery of innovative, consistent, effective and efficient heavy vehicle regulatory services nationally
  • Implementation of the amendments to the HVNL to extend primary duties for the safe operation of a heavy vehicle; development and delivery of the Industry Education Program, National Investigation Standards, National Prosecution Principles and Guidelines and a National CoR Framework, including cross-border collaboration and development of best practice CoR guidance material
  • Development, implementation and publication of guidelines and process for the registration of Industry Codes of Practice
  • Electronic Work Diaries, a voluntary electronic work diary system to allow drivers and operators an alternative to the current written work diary scheme
  • A Roadworthiness Program to reduce the social, environmental and economic impacts of unroadworthy heavy vehicles by developing a risk-based inspection regime for consideration by the Transport and Infrastructure Council
  • A National Heavy Vehicle Registration Scheme, by completing the cost benefit analysis of options to implement a scheme to be considered by the Transport and Infrastructure Council in November 2016
  • HVNL regulatory services currently provided by the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure under Service Agreement, to transition to NHVR responsibility
The NHVR Corporate Plan can be downloaded from its website
The NHVR Corporate Plan can be downloaded from its website


“The heavy vehicle industry wants the NHVR to reduce the compliance burden, reduce duplication and reduce inconsistencies across state and territory borders,” said Baird. “This Plan will allow the NHVR to do that while also ensuring improvements in heavy vehicle safety for operators, the supply chain, passengers and all road users. The NHVR is now well equipped to provide leadership and training to industry and service partners.”


The full Corporate Plan is available at the NHVR website.