Background

The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) as it stands today is not best practice - it's outdated, complex, long, prescriptive and does not support road safety outcomes. 

To make the law work for the industry, the National Transport Commission (NTC) is leading the review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and its supporting regulations.

As a NatRoad member and an owner or operator of heavy vehicles you can provide practical insights to help shape and inform the review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

 
First Issues Paper – Risk-Based Approach to Regulating Heavy Vehicles

NTC published their first issues paper about a risk-based approach to regulating heavy vehicles on 29 March 2019.

NatRoad has made a submission to the NTC on 24 May 2019.

NatRoad explores how the HVNL does not currently resolve the tension between certainty by way of prescriptive requirements and the adaptability of performance-based requirements. View the NatRoad submission.

 
Second Issues Paper – Effective Fatigue Management

NTC is currently seeking feedback on an issues paper on effective fatigue management under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

The purpose of the paper is to:

  • summarise the current fatigue management provisions in the HVNL
  • identify problems with the current law and how it is applied
  • identify the high-level principles that a revised law should cover
  • seek feedback on whether the paper has covered all relevant issues.

This is the second of eight issues papers in a rolling consultation to mid-2019. View the paper.

On 22 July 2019, NatRoad provided the National Transport Commission with a comprehensive submission proposing reinvention of national fatigue management laws. View the NatRoad submission.

 
Third Issues Paper – Easy access to suitable routes

NTC released an issues paper seeking feedback on easy access to suitable routes under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) on 13 June 2019. 

The purpose of the paper is to:

  • summarise the current access arrangements under the HVNL, and in Western Australia and the Northern Territory
  • analyse issues with the current access arrangements under the HVNL and outside the law
  • seek preliminary views on the way we can improve heavy vehicle access. 

This is the third of eight issues papers in a rolling consultation to mid-2019. View the paper.

NatRoad has provided the National Transport Commission with a comprehensive submission proposing a different approach to access for heavy vehicles. The submission recommends putting a place an extensive pre-approved road network for heavy vehicles to make the task of planning heavy vehicle routes simpler and more consistent. View the submission.

 
Fourth Issues Paper – Safe people and practices

NTC released an issues paper seeking feedback on afe people and practices in heavy vehicle transport on 28 June 2019. 

The purpose of the paper is to:

  • outline the factors that lead to safe people and practices
  • review the regulatory environment for safe people and practices in heavy vehicle transport, including the role of the HVNL and other complementary legal instruments
  • review how the current HVNL works in this regulatory environment
  • identify the high-level principles that a new law should cover
  • seek feedback on whether this paper has captured all the relevant issues.

This is the fourth of eight issues papers in a rolling consultation to mid-2019. View the paper.

NatRoad provided the National Transport Commission with a comprehensive submission about safe people and practices in the heavy vehicle industry. NatRoad submits that the consideration of safe practices within the road transport industry must encompass the issue of unfair or oppressive contract conditions View the submission.

 
Fifth Issues Paper – Vehicle Standards and Safety

NTC released an issues paper seeking feedback on vehicle standards and safety on 11 July 2019. 

 The purpose of this paper is to:

  • summarise the current vehicle standards and safety provisions in the HVNL
  • identify the problems in the current law and how it is applied
  • identify options for vehicle standards and safety regulation using a risk-based approach
  • identify the safe and productive vehicle issues that a revised law should cover
  • seek feedback on whether this paper has captured all the relevant issues.

This is the fifth of eight issues papers in a rolling consultation to mid-2019. View the paper.

NatRoad has lodged a submission on the Issues Paper entitled Vehicle Standards and safety released by the National Transport Commission (NTC) in July 2019. The Issues Paper is part of a series that informs the current review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL). 

In the submission, we have emphasised that vehicle standards must reflect current market conditions, up-to-date safety measures and be accessible and transparent.  These principles should be translated into how technical standards for heavy vehicles are developed. That way they will be more supportive of driver and operator needs. View the submission.

 
Sixth Issues Paper – Assurance Models

NTC released an issues paper seeking feedback seeking feedback on assurance models on 28 August 2019. 

The purpose of the paper is to:

  • describe assurance frameworks and their role
  • summarise  current assurance frameworks for heavy vehicles , and examine their purposes and how they operate
  • identify options for an assurance model for the future HVNL.

This is the sixth of eight issues papers in a rolling consultation to mid-2019. View the paper.

To share your views contact Richard Calver, Compliance and Workplace Relations Adviser on richard.calver@natroad.com.au or call 02 6295 3000. 

You can also share feedback with the NTC online or via written submissions  by Friday, 25 October 2019.  

 
Seventh Issues Paper – Effective Enforcement 

The NTC has released the Effective enforcement issues paper, the seventh of eight issues papers to be released

The purpose of the paper is to:

  • describe how compliance, enforcement, data and technology relate
  • summarise the current state and identify challenges under the HVNL
  • elicit options for a future HVNL enforcement approach for making better use of information, data and technology
  • seek feedback on whether this paper has captured all the relevant issues.

This is the seventh of eight issues papers in a rolling consultation to mid-2019. View the paper.

To share your views contact Richard Calver, Compliance and Workplace Relations Adviser on richard.calver@natroad.com.au or call 02 6295 3000. 

You can also share feedback with the NTC online or via written submissions by Thursday, 31 October 2019.

Project updates

NTC has now released six of eight papers exploring issues on effective fatigue management, access to suitable routes, safe people and practices, and vehicle standards and safety.

The next issue paper due for release in early September will explore the topic of compliance. For more information on the review timeline, upcoming key dates and further project updates, see the HVNL microsite.

Panel meetings

The Jurisdictional Strategic Oversight Panel (JSOP) met on Thursday, 18 July 2019 and Wednesday, 21 August 2019.

The Expert Panel also held meetings on Wednesday,17 July 2019 and Tuesday, 20 August 2019.

Read more about the Expert Panel and meeting minutes.