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The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) as it stands today is not best practice - it's outdated, complex, long, prescriptive and does not support road safety outcomes.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

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, 16 August 2019.

 
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.

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, 16 August 2019.

 
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.

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, 30 August 2019. 

 
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.

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, 30 August 2019. 

Have your say on other papers open for comment

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

Have a say on what is working, what is not working and how to improve the law.

Next steps

 

The next group of issues paper will cover 'how to regulate' the HVNL, including assurance and managing compliance.

For more information on the review timeline, upcoming key dates and further project updates, see the HVNL review microsite