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 took effect on 10 February 2014. To access the legislation as it applies in NSW go to the NSW Legislation website. Transport for NSW (TfNSW) delivers services under a services agreement with the NHVR.

Some matters are dealt with exclusively by the NHVR, for example, all heavy vehicle permit applications and accreditation under the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme. Some matters, such as registration and licensing, are managed exclusively by TfNSW.

In respect of other areas of heavy vehicle operations including compliance and enforcement and vehicle standards, TfNSW performs services on behalf of the NHVR and has direct contact with customers in relation to these matters.

Transitioning to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

To support the ongoing national reform process towards a single national regulator, the NSW Government will transfer the delivery of NSW's HVNL regulatory services to the NHVR. Since 2017, South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria have transitioned the delivery of heavy vehicle regulatory services to the NHVR to support its function as the national regulator. TfNSW has also been collaborating with the NHVR for some time to develop an optimal transition model for NSW.

In addition to regulatory services, the NHVR will also assume responsibility for NSW's Heavy Vehicle Inspection Scheme (HVIS).

By assuming responsibility for HVIS, the NHVR will have a more complete view of the NSW fleet, which will better enable an integrated risk-based approach to compliance. Customers will benefit by only having to engage with a single regulator, compliance and inspection regime.

Until the transfer of all services takes place, business will continue under the existing arrangements.

TfNSW expects that it will take approximately 18 months before the NHVR is in a position to assume full responsibility for delivering HVNL and HVIS functions in NSW. Transition will only occur after the NHVR has completed a readiness assessment detailing the satisfactory completion of all transitional activities.

Heavy Vehicle National Law

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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