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Wednesday 1 July 2020

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has released a blueprint to support manufacturers and operators to incorporate the latest safety technology into new and existing heavy vehicles.

The NHVR’s Vehicle SETUP Plan was developed following a survey of manufacturers in 2018, and is designed to meet the targets set out in the Federal Government’s National Road Safety Action Plan 2018-2020.

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking says the SETUP plan will allow industry and government to work together to understand and overcome some of the barriers to wider adoption of safety technologies.

“HVIA is excited to commence this conversation and to work with the Federal Government, NHVR and all stakeholders to achieve improved safety outcomes,” Mr Hacking said.

“HVIA has always supported efforts to improve the uptake of safety technology in Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet.”

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The National Transport Commission (NTC) has released a Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) to give stakeholders a preview of a proposed reworking of Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking says the new HVNL needs to actively encourage the uptake of newer vehicles and new technology and systems as the most effective mechanism for achieving improved safety and productivity.

"A review of legislation on this scale is a very rare opportunity to iron out legacy issues and we believe the law needs to be less prescriptive and more outcome focused to harness to industry’s innovation,” Mr Hacking said.

“HVIA members will also be interested in commentary surrounding improved access of the network under longer, heavier vehicles as a means of improving productivity.”

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HVNL 2.0 - The easier to digest, short form outline

The NTC have also developed a complementary short-form document (HVNL 2.0) to outline one potential scenario for the future HVNL. 


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