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NHVR responds to calls with tipper design code extension

The NHVR has listened to the HVIA and agreed to extend dates for a newly designed tipper code for the transport sector

Following recent calls from the Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) to extend the implementation of a new tipper design code, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has agreed to extend it. 

The NHVR released Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6 (VSB6), Version 3.2 on July 1, which saw the implementation of the J4 tipper body design code.

To provide time for modifications which were already underway and to allow industry to adjust to the new standards, an initial three-month period was provided for tipper bodies to be certified under the new requirements.

Following further review and consultation, the NHVR will now extend the transitional arrangements for the implementation of the new design code to February 1, 2024.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says the extension follows discussions with HVIA and Approved Vehicle Examiners (AVEs), with the NHVR considering it appropriate to extend the certification period a further four months. 

“The extension to February 2024 will provide additional time for AVEs to become accredited by their jurisdiction’s accreditation scheme, familiarise themselves with the updated code, and allow tipper body manufacturers to make the necessary changes to their designs,” Petroccitto says.

“It will also allow the NHVR to work with industry to address any queries relating to the new code and VSB6 Version 3.2 in general.”

HVIA Chief Executive Officer Todd Hacking says he wants to recognise the NHVR for its willingness to engage with HVIA, its members and other affected parties to recognise the issues that are at play.


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“The intention of these Standards is to ensure that Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet is both safe and productive, and we support their ongoing improvement,” Hacking says.

“We will work closely with the NHVR team and other stakeholders towards ensuring there is adequate capacity and resourcing to allow the updates to succeed when the transition period finishes next February.”

Petroccitto says the NHVR understands that some vehicle modifications are complex changes and require extensive design and work to complete.

“We are asking owners and modifiers that require the extension to February 2024, to apply to the NHVR for the extension so that we can monitor how industry is progressing as well as target any future communications,” he says.

To apply to for an extension of the implementation of the J4 tipper body design code, please email vehiclestandards@nhvr.gov.au with your request including your name and business name and estimated number of tipper body certifications over this period.

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