Under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), on-road compliance and enforcement covers a broad range of activities including (but not limited to) the:

  • Prescribed work, rest, driver fatigue and work diary requirements
  • Vehicle standards heavy vehicles must meet when on roads
  • Maximum permissible mass and dimensions of heavy vehicles used on roads
  • Loading and restraining of loads on heavy vehicles used on roads.

Heavy vehicle drivers and operators benefit from a greater level of consistency in on-road compliance and enforcement outcomes under the HVNL. For heavy vehicle drivers, no matter who conducts an inspection, or in which state or territory it is conducted, drivers and operators should experience consistent and transparent outcomes from on-road compliance and enforcement activities for:

  • Defective heavy vehicles—a consistent tiered defect scheme (formal warning, minor, major and major grounded) and promoting more standardised defect notices
  • Driver fatigue and the National Driver Work Diary—consistent interpretation and application of driver fatigue and work diary requirements
  • Load restraint—consistent application of the National Transport Commission’s Load Restraint Guide
  • Mass and dimensions—a focus on applying measurement adjustments for all on-road inspections delivering consistent weighing and measuring assessments
  • Restricted access vehicles—uniform, national processes for on-road inspections of Class 1, 2 and 3 vehicles operating under mass or dimensions exemptions (notices or permits).

If you have been issued with a defect notice or another notice of compliance contact us to see how we can help, or you can visit our library to see articles on the topic.

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