The NHVR has agreed to work with tipper body manufacturers to develop a new modification code to provide clear requirements for hoisting systems.
NHVR Vehicle Safety and Performance Manager Peter Austin said the code would assist manufacturers that were concerned about achieving compliance with the standards released under Vehicle Standards Bulletin (VSB) 6, Version 3.
“Some manufacturers raised concerns that some tippers would require re-design of tipper body systems in order to meet Australian Standards, required under VSB6,” Mr Austin said.
“The NHVR recently reviewed the requirements of the relevant parts of the Australian Standard and agreed that the design of tipping systems involves a reasonable amount of engineer level work.
“Rather than requiring an engineer to assess every tipper body installation, the NHVR is proposing that a two stage design-modification approach be adopted.
“We’ve asked Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) to provide a draft of the code in consultation with industry.”
HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking welcomed the opportunity to draft the modification code.
“This has been an issue raised with us by our members and we look forward to working with them to find a solution,” Mr Hacking said.
“We welcome the approach by the NHVR to delay the implementation of these requirements beyond April 1, 2018, until we resolve these issues.”
For more information check out the Vehicle Standards Guide (VSG) 17 at www.nhvr.gov.au/vsg