National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR)

Based in Brisbane, Queensland, the (NHVR) is Australia’s independent Regulator for all vehicles over 4.5 tonnes of Gross Vehicle Mass. The organisation administers one set of laws under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and delivers a range of services under this regulatory framework.


The HVNL and regulations commenced in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria on 10 February 2014. The Northern Territory will commence the HVNL at a later date.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) looks after one rule book for heavy vehicles over 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass. The legislation:

  • Manages the impact of heavy vehicles on the environment, road infrastructure and public amenity
  • Promotes industry productivity and efficiency
  • Consolidates current national heavy vehicle model laws and replaces corresponding state and territory legislation.

Legislative comparison tables identify the impact of the new legislation in relation to the former NSW Road Transport Legislation.

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