Important Message from The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Regarding Special Purpose Vehicles


As you may be aware, currently SPV motor vehicles must demonstrate compliance with Federal Australian Design Rules (ADRs) applicable to brakes, lights and mirrors. While SPV trailers must demonstrate compliance with ADRs applicable to brakes, lights and mechanical connections. This graduated transition pathway will be accessible for SPVs until 30 June 2024.

For applications submitted to The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts (DITRDCA) from 1 July 2024, SPVs must demonstrate compliance with all applicable ADRs. The only exception is for vehicles which can demonstrate that complying with an ADR means the vehicle would not be able to operate for the purpose in which it was designed. These requested exemptions will require support through an In-principle Support (IPS) from the NHVR.

The NHVR expects an influx of IPS applications to take advantage of the current transitional pathway. The increased application numbers may affect application processing times. As such, IPS applications should be submitted no later than 16 May 2024 to help ensure they can be processed in time to apply to DITRDCA before 1 July 2024. While it is expected that IPS application numbers will increase, to reduce timeframes the NHVR has developed an updated process for repetitive IPS applications, reducing the need for individual access assessments.
Any IPS applications submitted after 16 May 2024 may not be completed prior to 30 June 2024 and will require a full Vehicle Type Approval (VTA).

If you have any other questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the NHVR.

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