National Roadworthiness Survey

National Roadworthiness Survey - A health check of Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet.

Authorised officers from the NHVR and partner agencies across Australia will conduct a mechanical inspection of approximately 8000 heavy vehicles – including buses and other special purpose vehicles.

The survey will be conducted between May and July 2021.

What is the National Roadworthiness Survey?

Authorised officers from the NHVR and partner agencies will conduct a mechanical inspection of almost approximately 8,000 of Australia’s trucks, buses and other special purpose vehicles to provide an insight into the mechanical health of the national fleet.

Why are you inspecting heavy vehicles?

The survey will allow the NHVR and our partner agencies to target our safety programs at key safety areas. Results will be compared to the National Roadworthiness Baseline Survey conducted in 2016.

Where are inspections taking place?

Random inspections will occur across Australia. Inspections will occur in all Australian states and territories in regional and metropolitan areas.

How long does an inspection take?

Inspections can take 45 minutes on average. It is usually a shorter period for compliant vehicles and longer for non-compliant vehicles. Each vehicle will receive a comprehensive visual and equipment supported mechanical inspection. Inspections will be undertaken using the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual.

Daily Safety Check guide (PDF, 373KB)

Is your heavy vehicle roadworthy?

A daily safety check is a quick visual inspection that can be undertaken on a heavy vehicle before leaving the yard, depot or rest area.