NHVR pushes to modernise heavy vehicle modifications

National regulator calls to industry for feedback, in a bid to modernise heavy vehicle modifications

NHVR pushes to modernise heavy vehicle modifications
NHVR's Daniel Elkins calls to industry for feedback.


The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) seeks feedback from the transport industry on today's updated draft of the Vehicle Standards Bulletin (VSB) 6: National Code of Practice for Heavy Vehicle Modifications.

NHVR safety director Daniel Elkins says VSB6 sets the national standard for common modifications performed to heavy vehicles.

The proposed changes substantially modernise VSB6 to guide industry through common modifications performed to heavy vehicles," Elkins says.

"We want to hear more from industry on how we can make it easier for the heavy vehicle industry to modify their vehicles, this is an industry standard so their input is critical.

"As the national standard, VSB6 is used throughout Australia by individuals involved in the modification of heavy vehicles."

Elkins insists it ensures modified heavy vehicles are safe and that they comply with relevant Australian Design Rules (ADR's) and in-service vehicle standards regulations.

"In July 2015, we commenced a comprehensive review of VSB6," he adds.

"This was conducted in partnership with modification experts, state and territory transport authorities vehicle and component manufacturers and national industry associations.

"We focused on ensuring VSB6 represents the professional nature of the industry, adopts performance based requirements that are clear, reflects current vehicle design and construction, and allows for certification of a wide range of common modifications."

The draft VSB6 will be available for review until March 17. The public consultation draft is available at www.nhvr.gov.au/VSB6.

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