New vehicle modification standards come into effect Sept 1


NHVR is taking steps to ensure those who have already commenced complex changes are able to finish their modifications on time

New vehicle modification standards come into effect Sept 1
From October 1, all modifications certified by an AVE must be done in accordance with VSB6 Version 3.

 

The latest version of the vehicle modification standards will come into effect from Friday, September 1, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) reminds the industry.

Version 3 of the new Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6: National Code of Practice for Heavy Vehicle Modifications (VSB6) will become the new national standard for the most common modifications made to heavy vehicles.

NHVR vehicle safety and performance manager Peter Austin reminds all heavy vehicle operators, manufacturers and industry members to be aware of the upcoming changes when modifying a vehicle with changes.

"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 vehicle standards regulations," Austin says.

"In addition the Bulletin now has a supporting VSB6 Change Table outlining all major changes made in version 3.0.

"A major change is considered to be the interchange of a requirement with a recommendation or vice versa, an addition or removal or a requirement or recommendation."

Austin says additional materials such as extra podcasts had been prepared to support the industry.

"A series of podcasts that further outline the changes in the VSB6 can be found here.

"We will be producing further supporting materials as required by the heavy vehicle industry."

NHVR says it has taken steps to make sure owners and modifiers who have already commenced some of the more complex vehicle modifications that require extensive design and work to complete are able to finish their modifications on time.

Approved Vehicle Examiners (AVE) will be able to certify modifications to existing VSB6 codes provided these modifications are completed and certified by September 30, the regulator says.

From October 1, all modifications certified by an AVE must be done in accordance with VSB6 Version 3.

More details can be found here.

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