Improving Access

The NHVR recognises the importance of national harmonisation for both our safety and productivity agendas. The role of the National Harmonisation Program team, established in October 2016, is to drive progress towards improving heavy vehicle regulation consistency on a national level while retaining the adaptability to respond to local requirements whenever required.

Program of Work for 2017

Our current program of work includes the development of four priority projects which are National HML Declaration, National Class 2 B-Double Notice, National Class 2 Road Train Notice and National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Notice.

National HML Declaration

Our goal is to develop a single National Higher Mass Limits (HML) Declaration to authorise the operation of HML vehicles. The National HML Declaration aims to replace transitional arrangements for HML operations in several states and to enact the standard conditions for HML as per the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation.

The aim of the National HML Declaration is to create a nationally consistent regulation for the operation of HML vehicles. The new national declaration will harmonise many of the state based conditions that are applied to HML vehicles to avoid operator confusion and reduce red tape.

The main instruments for HML operation can be found here, please note this does not list all relevant documents.

National Class 2 B-Double Notice

This project consists of a comprehensive review and redesign of the existing National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle B-double Authorisation (Notice) 2014 aimed at improving the consistency of B-double access and vehicle conditions nationally. This project will also integrate existing state based B-double transitional notices into the new National Class 2 B double Notice.

The main instruments for Class 2 B-Double operation can be found here, please note this does not list all relevant documents.

National Class 2 Road Train Notice

Our objective is to conduct a comprehensive review and redesign of the existing National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle Road Train Authorisation (Notice) 2015. We aim to create a nationally harmonised notice by producing standard definitions and categorisation of road train configurations and improve the overall consistency of access and vehicle conditions.

The main instruments for Class 2 Road Train operation can be found here, please note this does not list all relevant documents.

National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Notice

This notice will replace a range of state agricultural notices/ guidelines/Codes of Practice which are inconsistent with regard to vehicle classification, imposed conditions, vehicle standards, mass and dimension requirements.

Our aim is to develop a notice greater access for the agricultural industry. The new national notice will harmonise many of the conditions, restrictions and mass and dimension requirements that are currently varied between each state. This harmonisation will also investigate the existing dimension limits that are no longer sufficient for the current agricultural fleet and consult with road managers and industry to increase these limits. The harmonisation of agricultural notices will reduce confusion for industry operators and reduce red tape.

The main instruments for Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination operation can be found here, please note this does not list all relevant documents.

Next steps

The National Harmonisation Program team will be consulting with key industry associations as well as local and state road managers throughout the duration of these projects. In particular, engagement with road managers will be instrumental in developing networks supporting the four national notices.

The draft timelines for these projects are

Key stepsTiming
1. Project Scoping Nov 2016 - Jan 2017
2. Diagnosis of current inconsistencies and draft policy positions February 2017
3. Preliminary engagement with industry, Local Government, State Associations and State Road Authorities February - March 2017
4. Finalising policy positions June 2017
5. Road manager consultation To be confirmed
6. Notices release To be confirmed