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We periodically review the Australian Light Vehicle Standards Rules (ALVSRs) to ensure they remain contemporary and aligned with agreed policy.

Vehicle Standards Maintenance

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The Australian Light Vehicle Standards Rules 2015 and the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation are periodically reviewed to ensure they remain contemporary, and aligned with agreed policy to promote improved transport productivity, transport system safety and regulatory efficiency.

Next steps

We released the Australian Light Vehicle Standards Rules 2015 and Heavy Vehicle National Regulations amendments for public consultation in December 2016.

Consultation closed on Friday, 3 February 2017 and final recommendations will be provided to the Transport and Infrastructure Council meeting scheduled in May 2017.

Additional information on the proposed identification labels for alternative powered vehicles

What is proposed?

The NTC is proposing to amend the vehicle standards to include identification requirements for hydrogen and electric powered vehicles.


Hydrogen and electric powered vehicles can present specific hazards during rescue scenarios.

For this reason it is critical for emergency services to quickly identify these hazards before beginning rescue planning and operation.

At present, there are currently no identification requirements for these vehicles, creating a risk that rescuers may fail to immediately recognise the hazards present. 

Who might be interested in providing feedback?

  • Emergency services
  • Owners and operators


The Australian Light Vehicle Standards Rules 2015 and Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation are based on the Australian Design Rules which are developed and administered by the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Both the light and heavy vehicle standards require a vehicle that is subject to the Australian Design Rules when built or imported to continue to comply with them for the life of the vehicle.

The Australian Design Rules have certain gaps in their application which are covered by the Australian Light Vehicle Standards Rules 2015 and Heavy Vehicle National Regulations.

In particular, the Australian Design Rules do not cover:

  • Vehicles built before 1969
  • Combinations of vehicles
  • Every safety feature for vehicles built between 1969 and 1988
  • Ongoing maintenance requirements.

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Project Manager Anthony Pepi
Last Updated: 4/7/2017