As the process of integration continues, the NHVR comes to the ACT. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator says it will provide heavy vehicle on-road compliance and enforcement across the Australian Capital Territory from July 1. The transfer of responsibility from the ACT authorities to the NHVR is a relatively small task compared to the transfer of the next two integration targets, VicRoads and then NSW’s RMS.
The NHVR’s Safety and Compliance Officers will be authorised to stop heavy vehicles to check compliance with the Heavy Vehicle National Law, driver licences, registrations and road rules.
The NHVR will also take on responsibility for issuing major, minor and self-clearing defects notices.
As a result of the changes, self-clearing defect notices will be introduced in the ACT for the first time. They will be issued for faults that don’t pose a safety risk but still need to be rectified as soon as practicable.
Access Canberra will continue to clear major and minor defects for ACT-registered vehicles Other responsibilities remaining with Access Canberra will be:
- licensing and registration services
- roadworthiness checks for heavy vehicle
- registration purposes
- accepting payment of infringement notice penalties
- sale of National Written Work Diaries.
In addition to these changes, amendments to legislation are scheduled to occur from July 1 2019 to have the same national heavy vehicle fatigue laws in the ACT as in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.
This means that drivers will have to comply with the maximum work and minimum rest requirements for their work and rest hour options prescribed in the HVNL.
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