New national heavy vehicle modification standards released


Latest bulletin includes updated checklists and compliance procedures, and new codes for installation of roll over systems

New national heavy vehicle modification standards released
NHVR says VSB6 provides a national technical standard that ensures modified heavy vehicles are safe and compliant.

 

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has launched a new edition of the vehicle standards bulletin today.

The sixth edition, Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6: National Code of Practice for Heavy Vehicle Modifications (VSB6), covers key changes including, updated checklists, compliance procedures, new codes for installation of roll over systems and falling object protection systems.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says the latest version is a result of the biggest review undertaken since the bulletin was first released in 1992.

"The new VSB6 ensures this key national standard for heavy vehicle modifications keeps pace with the changing technology in our industry and is yet another measure we are taking to improve the roadworthiness of Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet and boost safety for road users," Petroccitto says.

"This is a user-friendly guide with each modification code now having detailed check lists and step-by-step, start-to-finish guidelines to assist the industry and manufacturers to get their modifications approved."

Heavy vehicle operators, manufacturers and industry members are advised to be aware of the new changes that come into effect on September 1.

NHVR says VSB6 provides a single national technical standard that ensures modified heavy vehicles are safe and that they comply with relevant Australian Design Rules and in-service heavy vehicle standards regulations.

It is the standard used by accredited modifiers to approve modifications to heavy vehicles.

"The NHVR has developed tailored materials for each state and territory to help Authorised Vehicle Examiners to understand what has changed in their jurisdiction," Petroccitto says.

"The document also features updated diagrams and technical drawings along with a new easy-to-read layout.

"As the heavy vehicle fleet grows and new technology is adopted, it’s important that the NHVR and industry are able to respond to the modifications being requested.

"As chair of the VSB6 working group, the NHVR will ensure this key standard continues to keeps pace with technology and will look to expand the document to meet new heavy vehicle modification trends as they emerge.

"The current review was conducted in partnership with state and territory transport authorities, vehicle and component manufacturers and national industry associations.

"I’d like to thank those who contributed more than 300 submissions during the review."

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