Getting up to Speed With the New VSB6

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With the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator calling for feedback on the updated draft of the Vehicle Standards Bulletin (VSB) 6, it’s time for workshops to get up to speed with the new VSB6.

The proposed changes substantially modernise VSB6, to guide industry through common modifications performed to heavy vehicles.

The document’s design and layout is to be reformatted, diagrams will be redesigned, there will be new referenced standards and guidance material. The standards for air-operated accessories (H6) are to be simplified. The standards for the installation approved front underrun protection systems (FUPS) and devices (FUPD) are to be revised. There is to be simplified standards for vehicle mounted lifting systems, combining the R1 and Q1 codes into a single R1 modification code.

“We want to hear more from industry on how we can make it easier for the heavy vehicle industry to modify their vehicles, this is an industry standard so their input is critical,” said Daniel Elkins, NHVR Director Safety. “As the national standard, VSB6 is used throughout Australia by individuals involved in the modification of heavy vehicles.”

VSB6 ensures modified heavy vehicles are safe and that they comply with relevant Australian Design Rules (ADRs) and in-service vehicle standards regulations. The NHVR is seeking feedback on the public consultation draft of VSB6 until Friday March 17.

During this consultation period those interested in sending in feedback, but seeking further clarification may be interested in an event being organised by the Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association, the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Victoria and the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Australia, and supported by the NHVR.

The two day event, on March 2-3, will take place at VACC House, 464 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, VIC, will describe good practice and compulsory actions for workshops and operators. In particular, the Chain of Responsibility obligations of workshops and vehicle modifiers will be explained.

There will be workshops to inform, educate and gather feedback on views on vehicle modifications. After the event, ARTSA will release a practical guide to modifications to assist industry to understand the rules and obligations around modifications. The event will also consider the policy settings and regulations needed to promote the safe and efficient uptake of new technologies and innovations.