Target date for new national law soon to be confirmed

September 17, 2013

16 September 2013.

The NHVR Board recently advised Australia’s Transport Ministers that the start date for the Heavy Vehicle National Law needs to move 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. While the testing phase has gone very well, the start date for the Heavy Vehicle National Law will not be 1 October. The NHVR Board wants more preparatory work done in areas such as user acceptance, training and support for local government. A start date for later in 2013 will be confirmed shortly.

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 taking on responsibility for laws relating to vehicle standards, fatigue management and chain of responsibility.

Until the new start date, though, it’s business as usual for heavy vehicle operators and drivers. The NHVR will continue to manage NHVAS accreditation and PBS design and vehicle approvals. State and territory road transport authorities will continue to administer all other road transport business with government.

I’m grateful for the continued strong support from industry and participating states and territories for a revised start date that ensures our IT systems and processes excel when they go live, and intend to advise soon of a confirmed date for commencement of the new national law.