Heavy Vehicle Reform Fact Sheet - Transport

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Heavy Vehicle Reform Fact Sheet - Transport

FACT SHEETNational Heavy Vehicle Reforms – KEY changes for TasmaniaIntroductionLater in 2013, Australia will bring in a single national law forheavy vehicles – the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).As a result, there will be a new national system to regulateall heavy vehicles more than 4.5 tonnes GVM, includingspecial purpose vehicles and buses.To administer this law a new body has been set up, theNational Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) which openedits doors (for limited functions) on the 21st January 2013.What are the aimsof the National System?The National system aims to reduce the complianceburden for business, increase Australia’s internationalcompetitiveness, improve productivity and safety, and makeit easier for business to operate across all state and territoryborders.What will the HVNL cover?The national law will cover four domains:• Access Management;• Compliance and Enforcement;• Vehicle Standards, and;• Registration and Plates ( to be introduced at a later date)Heavy vehicle licensing laws and related competencyrequirements, road rules, and laws about the carriage ofdangerous goods will not form part of the proposed HVNL.These laws will remain under the administration of individualjurisdictions.What is the NHVR delivering?As of the 21st January 2013, the NHVR has been managingthe National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS)and the Performance-Based Standards (PBS) Scheme.For all other heavy vehicle road transport business withgovernment, it’s business as usual until the Heavy VehicleNational Law (HVNL) is implemented later in 2013.What will change once theHeavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL)takes effect?Once the HVNL takes effect, Australia will have its first onestop-shopfor heavy vehicle road transport business withgovernment. The NHVR will be responsible for the deliveryof a comprehensive range of regulatory services.Access Permits:Currently, the provision of access permits is administered bystate road authorities. However, once the HVNL is in place, theNHVR will deliver this service under a consistent regulatoryframework. In addition, an application fee for access will applyand prior consent from Road Managers required.In regards to fees for services, these are based on an averageof the relevant fees currently charged by the states andterritories. For Tasmania this will result in a change in feesrelating to access permits and accreditation. These changeswill bring Tasmania in line with the National framework.Penalties:Nationally-consistent penalties mean that all drivers,operators and participants in the supply chain are subjectto the same penalties regardless of where they operate.In the event of non-compliance, penalties will be appliedthrough a tiered risk management approach consisting ofminor, substantial, severe and critical risk categories. This willpromote consistency and transparency across the country.Once the Law takes effect, NHVR customers will be able to:• Apply online for access permits.• Align operations with best-practice fatiguemanagement laws.• Operate under national regulations for mass,dimension and loading.• Operate under national standards for heavy vehicleinspections.• Reduce vehicle downtime through interstate recognitionof inspections and defect clearances.• Expect a nationally consistent approach to penaltiesand roadside enforcement.

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