Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Heavy Vehicle Regulation

On 10 February 2014 the Heavy Vehicle National Law, covering all heavy vehicles over 4.5 tonnes, commenced in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, SA and the ACT. The law covers matters relating to vehicle standards, mass dimensions & loadings, fatigue management, the Intelligent Access Program, heavy vehicle accreditation and on-road enforcement. The ACT has partially implemented the legislation and will proclaim remaining elements of the legislation at a later date. WA and NT are not participating in the national reform at this time.

The law is administered by the Brisbane based National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. The Regulator, in conjunction with the National Transport Commission, will continue to progress national heavy vehicle reform through their forward work programme.

History of Heavy Vehicle Regulatory Reform

In July 2009 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed that a single national heavy vehicle regulatory regime be established to cover all vehicles over 4.5 gross tonnes. COAG agreed that the national regime include a single national regulator to administer a single set of national heavy vehicle laws replacing the separate and at times conflicting regulatory requirements on the heavy vehicle industry between States and Territories.

In August 2011 an Intergovernmental Agreement on Heavy Vehicle Regulatory Reform was signed by COAG (except Western Australia) setting out the principles and processes to implement the decision to deliver a national heavy vehicle regulatory system. The signing of this agreement recognises that the Commonwealth and the States and Territories have a mutual interest in improving national regulation and the need to work together to achieve these outcomes.

In November 2011 the Heavy Vehicle National Law Act 2012 was approved by the Council on Transport and Infrastructure and was passed by the Queensland Parliament in August 2012.

A second Act, the Heavy Vehicle National Law Amendment Act 2013, was approved to address a number of issues that were unable to be resolved in the initial set of heavy vehicle national laws. The Amendment Act was passed by the Queensland Parliament in February 2013. The following link refers to the National Law, as at February 2014.

The Heavy Vehicle National Regulations covering operational matters that support the Amendment Act were agreed by the Council on Transport and Infrastructure in February 2013.

Further Information

Further information on the work of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator can be found at its website (www.nhvr.gov.au) or you can contact the Regulator on the following details:

Phone: 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487)
Standard 1300 call charges apply
7.00am - 7.00pm (AEDT)
Fax: 07 3309 8777
Email: info@nhvr.gov.au

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Last Updated: 15 December, 2014