Roadworthiness Program

The Roadworthiness Program is an on-going work program by the NHVR to provide policies and operational support to reduce the social, environmental and economic impacts of unroadworthy heavy vehicles. 

The NHVR works with the heavy vehicle industry and jurisdictions to ensure operators proactively maintain and operate their vehicles by adhering to the heavy vehicle safety standards. The program uses a risk-based approach to ensure compliance to vehicle standards by regularly auditing, monitoring and inspecting heavy vehicles.

The Roadworthiness Program consists of:

1. Consistent Inspection Framework

This provides a method to develop policies and support tools that ensure consistent inspection processes and criteria. The framework ensures that the classification of any non-conformity is supported by an evidence-based risk assessment to improve national consistency and regulatory effectiveness.

2. Management and Clearance of Defects

The NHVR is working to develop a nationally-consistent approach to administering defects, including the recording and clearance of defect notices. This includes guidance for administering defects in instances where they are issued or cleared outside of the vehicle’s registered jurisdiction.

3. Roadworthiness Data Collection

The NHVR is continuing to gather data that allows effective identification of heavy vehicles for risk-based inspection. This ensure we continue to target those operators we consider high-risk and reduce the compliance burden on those operators doing the right thing.

4. National Risk-based Inspection Criteria Framework

The NHVR brings together all the elements of the Roadworthiness Program into a cohesive framework for the identification, frequency, selection and method of inspection for heavy vehicles. This continues to guide the NHVR on what, when, why and how heavy vehicles are targeted, rated on the impact they potentially pose to road safety.

The comprehensive analysis of the data collected supports the framework and allows us to refine the methodology for identifying, categorising and ranking risk factors that are associated with the mechanical condition of the heavy vehicle fleet.

National operations

In 2016 the NHVR conducted the National Roadworthiness Baseline Survey, inspecting 7130 vehicles across all states and territories, except Western Australia.

In 2021 the NHVR will conduct the National Roadworthiness Survey.