What is the NHVR?
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) was created to encompass all State Heavy Vehicle Law under one roof. The NHVR looks after one rule-book for heavy vehicles over 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass. State and territory police and authorised officers are appointed to enforce heavy vehicle offences under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).
Draft Vehicle Standards Exemption for Special Purpose Vehicles Exceeding 40 Tonnes
Special purpose vehicles (SPVs) up to 40 tonnes can operate under the National Class 1 SPV Notice 2016, where larger SPVs (over 40 tonne) must apply for individual Vehicle Standards’ permits prior to registration.
To help simplify this process for operators and establish some consistency with smaller SPVs (up to 40 tonne), the NHVR has developed the draft National Class 1 Vehicle Standards Exemption for Special Purpose Vehicles Exceeding 40 Tonnes Total Mass Notice 2018 (attached).
This notice will allow operators to manage vehicle standards exemptions of all SPVs in a similar manner, regardless of total mass. However, please be aware that unlike the National Class 1 SPV Notice 2016 this notice only relates to vehicle standard exemptions and does not provide any approvals in regards to vehicle access.
The NHVR values your opinion and would encourage you to send any changes and/or comments regarding the notice to Michael.ross@NHVR.gov.au by Wednesday 7th February 2018.