Local Government under the HVNL

Under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), road managers have particular responsibilities regarding decision-making for heavy vehicle access to their road network.  The HVNL recognises the importance of local governments being accountable for the roads they manage and sustain, as this empowerment enables local government to efficiently fund and invest in infrastructure and road transport to support and grow local economies.

As a road manager, local government is recognised in legislation as being responsible for consenting to access to restricted access vehicles on their roads, and the conditions under which they will operate. The HVNL requires local government to formally consent to operation on their roads before a permit can be issued. This is intended to empower local government to ensure safety for all road users, protect and efficiently manage access to  important council infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, and to preserve and manage public amenity.

See Guidelines for granting access for more information.

In addition to their role as road managers, local governments also interact with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) in their capacity as operators and fleet managers of heavy vehicles.

NHVR Road manager hotline

Local government road managers can contact the NHVR for assistance with permit processing on the NHVR road manager hotline 1300 880 493 or email RM.enquiries@nhvr.gov.au.