Victoria assents to national heavy vehicle regulations

Victoria gets the all clear to implement national heavy vehicle regulations

June 13, 2013

The Victorian Government has been given the all clear to move to national heavy vehicle regulations on September 1 this year.

State Parliament received notice this week the Heavy Vehicle National Law Application Act, which passed both houses in May, had been assented to on June 4.

It means Victoria now joins Queensland as only jurisdictions to have passed legislation to adopt national regulations.

The reforms were due to take effect nationwide, except in Western Australia, on July 1 but governments pushed the date back to give the states and territories more time to pass legislation.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) will oversee national regulations. The NHVR currently has control of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) and Performance Based Standards (PBS).

Victoria strayed slightly from the model Heavy Vehicle National Law that was drawn up as a template for jurisdictions to adopt. However, Roads Minister Terry Mulder says the changes will not undermine the intent of the law.

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