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NHVR to conduct 12-week heavy vehicle roadworthy blitz

The NHVR’s national roadworthiness survey will begin in July and involve all of Australia’s states and territories

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is preparing to undertake its national roadworthiness survey, with random mechanical inspections of thousands of trucks, buses and other special purpose vehicles set to occur on Australian roads for the next three months. 

The survey is set to commence in July and follows similar surveys conducted in 2016 and 2021. 

All states and territories will be involved to allow the NHVR to gain an accurate, wide-ranging snapshot of the mechanical condition of Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet to help identify consistent issues and help create a nationally consistent inspection policy. 

Most inspections will be random roadside intercepts and likely take on average around 45 minutes. 

Most of the inspections will be random roadside intercepts to ensure the sample is representative of the in-service fleet. The inspection of buses, coaches and SPVs will predominantly be scheduled at depots. You cannot schedule your own inspections. A NRS inspection is different to an annual registration inspection as it covers more vehicle components,” the NHVR says. 

“NRS 2024 will enable an assessment of the impact of heavy vehicle safety initiatives post NRBS 2016 and NRS 2021 and allow for the identification of key improvement areas on which to focus national regulatory efforts into the future. 

“All Australian state and territories are involved in NRS 2024, including Western Australia and Northern Territory. NRS inspections will also be conducted in these locations – this will provide a complete view of the national fleet.” 

Time taken during inspection must be considered as work time for the purpose of work diaries and for fatigue management considerations. Normal fatigue management rules apply. 

Drivers need to stay with the vehicle and cooperate with instructions given by authorised officers. 

The results of the survey will be published in early 2025. 

“We want the data to be as representative as possible of the condition of the Australian heavy vehicle fleet,” the NHVR says.

“The data collected will be used to inform policy and develop projects to reduce the social, environmental and economic harm from unroadworthy heavy vehicles.” 

The NHVR’s full FAQ document surrounding the upcoming national roadworthiness survey is available here. 

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