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. Roads and Maritime delivers services under a services agreement with the NHVR.

Some matters are dealt with exclusively by the NHVR, for example, accreditation under the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme and some matters, such as registration and licensing, are managed exclusively by Roads and Maritime.

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

Arrangements have been put in place for Roads and Maritime to issue permits for Class 1 and Class 3 heavy vehicles for travel on Roads and Maritime managed roads in NSW.

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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