The National Transport Commission of Australia
(NTC) is developing model laws aimed at
harmonising Australian legislation with respect to heavy vehicles
(with gross vehicle mass of over 4.5 tonnes). New national
legislation is anticipated to come into force on 1 January
The proposed Heavy Vehicle National Laws (HVNL)
are aimed to do away with the current myriad of disparate state and
territory laws concerning heavy vehicles so that drivers, owners,
operators and those in the chain of responsibility for heavy
vehicles are not subject to a completely different set of rules,
regulations and requirements when crossing a state or territory
Chapter 12 of the HVNL will also set up a
"one-stop-shop" in the form of a Heavy Vehicle National
Regulator, whose role is to deal with road managers and customers
as set out in the diagram below.
The HVNL will be an independent statutory authority empowered to
certain national strategies, policies, processes and
delivering functions and services (including issuing permits
the chain of responsibility;
the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme
decision-making (right to be given reasons and to challenge
mutual recognition by States and Territories for matters such
as vehicle inspections and driver standards for pilot/escort
issues concerning accreditation;
the States and Territories for the delivery of functions and
services by relevant road managers such as local councils; and
vehicle conditions generally.
The HVNL will cover:
heavy vehicle registrations;
chain of responsibility laws;
mass, dimensions and load requirements;
road access for heavier and larger vehicles;
speeding compliance laws;
compliance and enforcement; and
reviews and appeals.
However, HVNL will not alter current dangerous goods legislation
and driver licensing legislation.
The NTC is still in the process of consulting with industry in
relation to the proposed legislation. The expected commencement
date is 1 January 2013. More information is available on the NTC
website at www.ntc.gov.au.
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