Vehicle standards and safety under NTC microscope

Fifth of eight HVNL review issues papers released to public

Vehicle standards and safety under NTC microscope
NTC is calling for submissions on vehicle standards


Vehicle standards and safety is the focus of the National Transport Commission’s (NTC) latest Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) issues paper.

It is the final issue in the first group of papers for ‘what is regulated’ under the HVNL.

The NTC says the purpose of this paper is to:

  • summarise the current vehicle standards and safety provisions in the HVNL
  • identify the problems in the current law and how it is applied
  • identify options for vehicle standards and safety regulation using a risk-based approach
  • identify the safe and productive vehicle issues that a revised law should cover
  • seek feedback on whether this paper has captured all the relevant issues.

Look back on the most recent release, on safe people and practices, here

The NTC notes is has now released five of eight papers, with consultation open on the following:

  • Effective fatigue management – until August 16, 2019
  • Access to suitable routes – until August 16, 2019
  • Safe people and practices – until August 30, 2019
  • Vehicle standards and safety – until August 30, 2019

"We want to give everyone affected by the HVNL an opportunity to have a say on what is working, what is not working and how to improve the law," NTC says.

The next group of issues paper will cover 'how to regulate' the HVNL, including assurance and managing compliance.

The vehicle standards and safety issues paper is available here.


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