Heavy Vehicle Inspection Scheme (HVIS)

The HVIS is an inspection scheme conducted by Roads and Maritime Services. Many classes of NSW registered heavy vehicles require a HVIS inspection. All HVIS inspections are carried out by Roads and Maritime Services vehicle inspectors.

Those vehicles that do not require a HVIS inspection must be inspected by an authorised vehicle examiner under the Heavy Vehicle Authorised Inspection Scheme (HVAIS).

Important: If you are a heavy vehicle operator, you must arrange to have a HVIS inspection within the three months before the expiry date of your registration. To allow operators requiring a HVIS to secure a convenient inspection slot, bookings can be made six months in advance, and inspections may take place at any time in the three months before the vehicle registration expires. Your inspection should take place as early as possible within the three months to prevent delays in the processing of your renewal, preferably at least two months before the renewal date.

If an inspection is not obtained, vehicle registration will be suspended and possibly cancelled. For more information see Inspection requirements below. Registration renewal papers will indicate if a vehicle requires a RMS inspection.

Vehicle classes that must be inspected

Heavy vehicles that require an HVIS inspection include the following vehicle categories and registration usages:

  • All prime movers, except SP2 config code less than 5 years old
  • All 2 axle rigid trucks with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of more than 12.0 tonnes, except:
    • 2 axle rigid trucks, config. 2R2, of any age
    • 2 axle short combination truck, config. SR2, of any age
  • All other rigid trucks with more than 2 axles, except the following that are less than 5 years old:
    • Config. 1R3 and 1R4
    • Config. 2R3 and 2R4
  • All other short combination truck, except the following that are less than 5 years old:
    • Config. SR3 and SR4
  • All medium combination trucks with any number of axles
  • All long combination trucks with any number of axles
  • Trailers with a Gross Trailer Mass (GTM) of more than 9 tonnes, except the following that are less than 5 years old:
    • Config. TP1, TP2, TP3
    • Config. TD11, TD12, TD13, TD22
    • Config. TS1, TS2, TS3
    • Config. TL1, TL2, TL3
    • Config. TY1, TY2
  • Tow trucks and tow truck trailers
  • Vehicles with the shape of BUS, SBS, FCV, PVS & PVF, carrying ten or more seated passengers including the driver (regardless of usage, except taxis).
    Note: Small private buses
    • with a GVM of 4.5 tonnes and less, and
    • with 12 seats or less, and
    • the usage is PRIV, PNSR or PNIC, and
    • the customer type is individual
      no longer require HVIS
  • Public passenger vehicles (except taxis), and
  • Certain truck based plant vehicles from 1 July 2007

Public passenger vehicle inspection requirements

Public passenger vehicles are those accredited by Roads and Maritime Services, or vehicles that provide community or courtesy transport services.

Public passenger vehicles require two inspections each registration period:

  • The first inspection must be undertaken three to six months following renewal.
  • The second inspection must be undertaken no more than three months before the next renewal.

Inspection requirements for re-establishing registration

If the registration of a vehicle subject to HVIS is re-established after expiry or cancellation, the vehicle may require an HVIS inspection within 28 days. The HVIS inspection is in addition to the normal requirements for re-establishing registration. See Buying and registering a heavy vehicle for more information

If the vehicle registration is cancelled after it expires, the date of cancellation is used to determine whether a Roads and Maritime Services HVIS inspection is required.

If the vehicle registration is re-established more than three months after cancellation, the inspection requirements for establishing a new registration will apply.

Go to Heavy Vehicle Inspection Scheme (HVIS) booking and cancellation