A joint project by theNational Heavy Vehicle Regulator and the Truck Industry Council is designed to create a more secure heavy vehicle sales process. The TIC Code of Practice (for Heavy Vehicles) Manufacturers Plate is a new idea developed in collaboration with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).
The scheme for truck original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) aims to identify when a heavy vehicle has had further work undertaken to a base vehicle by the OEM, as opposed to an aftermarket supplier. The new Manufacturers plate enables the original equipment manufacturer of a heavy vehicle to identify the fact it completed the vehicle under its own manufacturing and quality processes, as part of their Identification Plate Approval (IPA) authority, without the need for certification by the NHVR.
“Under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) any equipment fitted, or modification undertaken to a vehicle after it is deemed to be complete (IPA fitment date) requires NHVR approval and affixing a modification plate, identifying the type of modification and when it occurred”, said Geoff Casey, NHVR Executive Director, Productivity and Safety.
“The Manufacturers plate/label clearly establishes that the body and/or equipment fitted to a vehicle is by the original equipment manufacturer and that certification by the NHVR is not required for any J code (body mounting) and P code (tow coupling, fifth wheel and king pin installation) modifications that occurred during this process.”
According to the TIC’s Chief Technical Officer, Mark Hammond, the Manufacturers Plate solves industry uncertainty about the definition of when a heavy vehicle is complete in the Commonwealth Motor Vehicle Standards Act and modification certification requirements under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.
“Under the TIC Code of Practice (for Heavy Vehicles) Manufacturers Plate, affixing a Manufacturers plate/label clearly identifies the equipment fitted by the original equipment manufacturer over and above the base cab/chassis”, said Hammond said. “This clearly identifies that the equipment fitted has been undertaken by the original equipment manufacturer and not a third party. It lets dealers, operators and heavy vehicle inspectors easily identify whether additional certification is required.
“TIC worked closely with the NHVR in developing a code of practice that would work for industry and we have received agreement from all Australian based truck manufacturers and distributors to participate.”
Further information about theTIC Code of Practice (for Heavy Vehicles) Manufacturers Plate can be found at the TIC website. http://www.truck-industry-council.org/res/file/TIC%20COP%20Maunfacturers%20Plate%20-%20OEM%20Build%20Status(13Jan2015).pdf
Further information about J and P Code modifications can be found at the NHVR website. https://www.nhvr.gov.au/safety-accreditation-compliance/vehicle-standards-and-modifications/heavy-vehicle-modifications