On-road compliance and enforcement

Under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), on-road compliance and enforcement covers a broad range of activities including (but not limited to) the:

Heavy vehicle drivers and operators benefit from a greater level of consistency in on-road compliance and enforcement outcomes under the HVNL. For heavy vehicle drivers, no matter who conducts an inspection, or in which state or territory it is conducted, drivers and operators should experience consistent and transparent outcomes from on-road compliance and enforcement activities for:

  • Defective heavy vehicles - a consistent tiered vehicle defect notice categorisation scheme (self-clearing defect, minor, major and major grounded) and promoting more standardised defect notices
  • Driver fatigue and the National Driver Work Diary - consistent interpretation and application of driver fatigue and work diary requirements
  • Load restraint - consistent application of the National Transport Commission’s Load Restraint Guide
  • Mass and dimensions - a focus on applying measurement adjustments for all on-road inspections delivering consistent weighing and measuring assessments
  • Restricted access vehicles - uniform, national processes for on-road inspections of Class 1, 2 and 3 vehicles operating under mass or dimensions exemptions (notices or permits

In most states and territories, on-road compliance officers are employed by the state and territory road transport authorities and continue to wear their own state or territory issued uniform while performing functions on behalf of the NHVR. Safety and Compliance Officers in South Australia and Tasmania are employed directly by the NHVR. From 1 July 2019, heavy vehicle on-road compliance and enforcement services in the ACT will also be provided by the NHVR.

State and territory police, and enforcement officers continue to monitor heavy vehicle activities under the HVNL. Police officers also comply with other legislation that regulates their powers and responsibilities and possess additional enforcement powers and responsibilities (such as enforcing road rules).

Matters relating to heavy vehicle registration, inspections, driver licensing and carriage of dangerous goods, remain with the relevant state or territory road transport authority.

National compliance and enforcement policy

This policy outlines the risk-based and outcomes-focused approach adopted by the NHVR and partner agencies when planning and undertaking heavy vehicle related compliance and enforcement activities.

Self-clearing defects

From 1 July 2017, self-clearing defects no longer require an inspection of the vehicle by an approved person for the purpose of having the self-clearing defect notice cleared. For more information read Compliance bulletin 4 – Heavy vehicle defects (PDF, 96KB)

Body Worn Cameras

Following a trial in 2019, all NHVR Safety and Compliance Officers (SCOs) will be equipped with Body Worn Cameras (BWCs).

BWCs are individual, portable devices that collect video and audio records of intercepts and other interactions with members of the transport industry. These recordings may be used in future investigations or as evidence in prosecutions.

Why does the NHVR use BWCs?

BWCs serve a number of purposes including: