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We have an ongoing process of review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) to ensure it remains current, relevant and effective.

Heavy Vehicle National Law maintenance

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Purpose

The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) is periodically reviewed to ensure the law, and subordinate regulations, remain contemporary, nationally-consistent, efficient, effective, and aligned with agreed policy.

Next steps

NTC Discussion Paper: Effluent and load restraint

We’re seeking feedback on a discussion paper about effluent and load restraint.

The purpose of this discussion paper is to seek stakeholder feedback regarding possible amendments to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) to:

  • clarify the application of chain of responsibility duties for parties in the livestock supply chain
  • allow for minor, incidental and unavoidable (in any practical sense) spills that do not compromise the overriding safety objectives of the load restraint provisions.

Consultation closes on Friday, 6 July 2018.

NTC Discussion Paper: HVNL fatigue issues

NatRoad and the South Australian Road Transport Association (SARTA) have asked NTC to investigate two specific fatigue issues. These issues apply to how drivers of heavy vehicles are required to manage fatigue risk.

Two specific fatigue issues relate to a lack of clarity in the law about:

  • work and rest time requirements when transitioning between two-up and solo driving arrangements and back again
  • counting work and rest time spent outside participating jurisdictions.

The purpose of this paper is to seek stakeholder feedback regarding possible amendments to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and the Heavy Vehicle (Fatigue Management) National Regulation (Regulation) to clarify the two identified fatigue issues.

Consultation closes on Friday, 6 July 2018.

Background

Led by the NTC, the HVNL is the result of a collaborative process involving industry and government to develop a nationally consistent approach to heavy vehicle legislation and regulation based on the model laws.

The NTC has ongoing responsibility for the maintenance of the HVNL, comprising primary legislation and supporting regulations that commenced in February 2014.

For more information, or to access a copy of the HVNL or Regulations, please visit the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

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Project Manager Josie Thomas
Last Updated: 30/5/2018