Facts about Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL)

Facts about Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL)

The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and regulations commenced in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria on 10 February 2014. The Northern Territory and Western Australia have not commenced the HVNL at this time.

It is a new national regulation for the heavy vehicle industry. The regulator of the HVNL is the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, based in Queensland, who will be responsible for the administration and enforcement of the policies for oversize and overmass vehicles under the law. Here we look at some of the key points of the HVNL, and what’s included in the policy, for people working in heavy haulage across Australia

What does the Heavy Vehicle National Law cover?

The national law covers a broad range of health and safety issues in heavy-duty transportation. These include:

  • Regulations with mass, dimension and loading of vehicles
  • Compliance and enforcement of regulations
  • The chain of responsibility in policy adherence
  • Regulations pertaining to vehicle standards
  • The management of driver fatigue and driver safety

As well as changes to these areas, there are also several processes and policies that will remain the same. These span:

  • The Department of State Growth as the primary point of contact for vehicle registration, licensing and driving tests
  • The continued regulation of heavy vehicle offences by the Tasmanian Transport Inspectors
  • Legal and court procedures, which will be carried out in much the same manner as previously
  • The carriage of related goods will still be a Workplace Standards issue

What services will the new regulator deliver?

An independent authority, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator reports to Australia’s Transport and Infrastructure Council. The new regulator will deliver a range of services, including:

  • Administration of access permits
  • The payment of national fees
  • The regulation and delivery of standardised policy
  • The national frameworks for driver fatigue management
  • National notices and guidelines as per the new national law

Learn more about The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

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