Message from the CEO
I’d like to use this opportunity to recognise and thank everyone across the heavy vehicle industry and wider heavy vehicle supply chain for the strength and resilience you have shown this year.
I hope those of you who are able to take a break over the Christmas and New Year period have an opportunity to reflect on the enormous benefit you’ve delivered right across Australia, both during the bushfires and pandemic.
Many of you have been at the frontline and your support in servicing our local communities in extremely difficult times has been unwavering. Take the time to check in with your loved ones and with yourself in what has been a challenging year for all.
For those who are continuing to work during the coming weeks, please take the time to ensure that your safety systems are in place to tackle the risks associated with distraction and fatigue.
Have a safe and happy Christmas and New Year period and I look forward to seeing you in 2021.
Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP)
Engineering assessments improve operator route planning
The NHVR’s Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP) is supporting better route planning on strategic freight routes Australia-wide.
The initial Pilot Phase finished in mid-October, with 100 bridges and culverts assessed across 12 local government areas nationally. Engineering reports for the assets provided access information for more than 100 vehicle configurations, including Oversize Overmass vehicles, B-Doubles and Road Trains.
National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (NHVIM)
Have your say on the revised Inspection Manual
The NHVR is undertaking a five-yearly review of the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (NHVIM) and is seeking input on the revised draft – NHVIM 3.0.
Consultation began on 7 December and feedback can be submitted until 29 January 2021 via the NHVIM feedback form.
The NHVR is also seeking feedback on the revised draft VSB6 Section T – Tow Trucks, which has been updated to align with current design and construction techniques.
Consultation began on 7 December and feedback can be submitted until 29 January 2021 via the VSB6 feedback form.
Christmas/New Year travel restrictions
Road managers have advised the NHVR of some disruption to services for certain Class 1 heavy vehicles over the Christmas and New Year period.
For vehicles operating under a permit, operators should check the permit conditions to establish whether Christmas or public holiday travel restrictions are listed or are referenced in related notices.
All heavy vehicles are subject to conditions of access under their relevant notice or permit.
NHVR fee changes for 2021
NHVR access fees will increase by $1 from January 11, following a six month freeze on fee changes.
Fees will also increase for National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme modules for the first time since October 2018.
The NHVR delayed the changes by six months to assist businesses managing the ongoing changes due to the coronavirus pandemic.
NHVR office hours
The NHVR offices will be closed from Friday 25 December 2020 and will re-open on Monday 4 January 2021.
The NHVR call centre will be closed on Public Holidays only and open on all other business days from 8am–6pm (AEDT).
Please be aware that other road managers, such as local governments, may have limited or no services available during this period.
Stay up to date with freight border crossing changes
The NHVR is continuing to coordinate information from state and federal authorities for essential travellers, including anyone moving freight.
As borders re-open, stay up to date with the latest information about the ongoing requirements and heavy vehicle-friendly testing sites.