NHVR bid to cut red tape on minor defect notices

Non-safety items handling eased but NHVAS label offence surfaces

NHVR bid to cut red tape on minor defect notices
Sal Petroccitto says defect move will lessen the compliance burden


The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) says it will introduce a new self-clearing defect notice for heavy vehicle defects that do not pose a safety risk.

The new category of defect notice is to be available from July 1 as part of changes to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

"This category will allow minor non-safety related defects to be rectified by the operator, including where a vehicle’s number plate is obscured or illegible," NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says.

"A self-clearing defect notice means the operator does not have to present the vehicle to an approved person to clear the notice.

"I believe this new defect notice will improve roadside compliance and reduce the compliance burden for industry.

"Where a record of the self-clearing defect notice is available it can be checked by authorised officers the next time the vehicle is intercepted."

Examples of defects which may result in the issuing of a self-clearing defect notice include a cracked light lens, obscured number plate or a failed brake light where all others are working.

Failing to rectify the defects listed in a self-clearing defect notice within 28 days can result in fines of up to $3,000.

The changes to the law starting on July 1 also see a new offence created for failing to display and maintain a National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) label under the Maintenance Management Accreditation scheme and the Mass Management Accreditation scheme.

The cost of a NHVR access permit will increase from $70 to $72 on July 1.

All other NHVR fees and charges remain the same and details can be found here.

All HVNL penalties will increase by CPI. The list of penalties is available here.

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