NHVR: New manual more than a compliance tool

The new manual includes updated standards for inspection and maintenance

NHVR: New manual more than a compliance tool
The updated standards will be effective as of July 1, 2016


The National Highway Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) says the latest edition of the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual, which was released last week, is not just an assessment guide for inspectors but can be also used by heavy vehicle operators to conduct routine maintenance checks to improve the vehicle’s safety.

"The manual provides an inspection approach to guide industry to not just look at repairing but to see potential defects during maintenance inspections," NHVR director of safety Daniel Elkins says.

"Importantly, it's not just about fixing what's broken, it's about inspecting sub-systems that may be at risk with continued wear and undertaking proactive maintenance."

The new manual, Elkins says, "sets out specific criteria where manufacturer specifications are not available and provides clarity where there is no detailed guidance from a manufacturer."

NHVR realises that some operators might not have systematic maintenance programs in place therefore NHVR is prepared to work with the industry to develop resources and provide tools to assist such operators develop a regular maintenance system.    

The updated edition also includes test guideline for heavy vehicle inspections and practical information about wear, damage or change to important systems regarding vehicle in-service inspections for owners, operators and administrators for all Australian states and territories.

The manual has been developed in consultation with jurisdictions, police and industry associations, including the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) to ensure it remains up to date and easier to read and use. 

The updated standards will be effective July 1, 2016 and will apply to all vehicles that have a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) greater than 4.5 tonnes.

The new manual can be downloaded from www.nhvr.gov.au/nhvim.


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