Vehicle standards and modifications
The NHVR is responsible for granting vehicle standards exemptions across participating jurisdictions (ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, TAS, and VIC).
Vehicle standards and modifications application forms
The NHVR uses Approved Vehicle Examiners (AVEs) to certify and approve certain modifications to heavy vehicles under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.
The NHVR does not charge for vehicle standards applications. However, operators and owners will incur fees and charges for third-party services associated with vehicle modification, certification and inspection.
The NHVR has classified the type of heavy vehicle modifications that require approval, either by an Approved Vehicle Examiner (AVE) or the NHVR.
The National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (NHVIM) provides authorised officers and industry with consistent criteria for heavy vehicle inspections.
In certain circumstances you can ask the NHVR to review a decision on a vehicle standards exemption (permit).
The Roadworthiness Program is being delivered by the NHVR on behalf of the Transport and Infrastructure Council (TIC).
The NHVR is responsible for giving in-principal support for Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs).
The NHVR’s Vehicle SETUP outlines a program of work we will undertake to accelerate the introduction of new safety and environmental technologies into the Australian heavy vehicle market.
Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6 (VSB6): National Code of Practice Heavy Vehicle Modifications is the national standard for the most common modifications made to heavy vehicles.
Vehicle Standards Bulletin 12 (VSB12): Rear Marking Plates for all motor vehicles over 12t GVM and for all trailers over 10t GVM, is the national standard for rear marking plates.
These Vehicle Standards Guides (VSGs) provide advice and guidance, on a range of issues regarding heavy vehicle standards and modifications.
Frequently asked questions about vehicle standards.