The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Board recently advised Australia's Transport Ministers to move the start date for the Heavy Vehicle National Law from 1 September 2013, due to the need for more testing of the NHVR’s critical IT system for access permits. A new target date of 1 October was proposed at the time, subject to test results.
NHVR CEO Richard Hancock explains that while the testing phase has gone well, the target date for the new national law is yet to be confirmed. The NHVR Board wanted more preparatory work done in areas such as user acceptance, training and support for local government.
Mr Hancock was also appreciative of the continued strong support from industry and participating states and territories for a revised start date.
Once the new NHVR systems are ready to roll, the new rule book will apply in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. The NHVR will deal with up to 100,000 access permit applications each year as well as take on responsibility for laws relating to vehicle standards, fatigue management and chain of responsibility.
Until the new start date, the NHVR will continue to manage the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) and Performance-Based Standards (PBS) design and vehicle approvals. State and territory road transport authorities will continue to administer all other road transport business with government.