Vehicle Standards Guides provide advice and guidance, on a range of issues regarding heavy vehicle standards and modifications.
The NHVR produces these guides based on frequently asked questions and hot topics that may arise from time to time.
VSG19 - Vehicle warning signs (PDF, 428KB), published 8 December 2017 - Provides advice about the requirements and specifications for vehicle warning signs.
|VSG 1 – Driving Lamps (PDF, 216KB)||Heavy vehicle safety standards requirements when attaching LED light bars to a heavy vehicle for use as a driving lamp.|
|VSG 2 – Changes to heavy vehicle safety standards (PDF, 209KB)||Changes made to heavy vehicle safety standards that took effect on 6 February 2016.|
|VSG3 – Semitrailer rear bumpers (PDF, 219KB)||Changes to the requirements for rear bumper bars on semitrailers.|
|VSG4 – Inspection of drawbar eyes (PDF, 1.2MB)||Inspection of drawbar eye couplings and identifying some common issues that may lead to coupling failure.|
|VSG5 – Converting a vehicle into a motorhome (PDF, 491KB)||Heavy vehicle safety standards requirements to consider when converting a vehicle into a motorhome that will have a gross vehicle mass (GVM) greater than 4.5t.|
|VSG6 – Update for Approved Vehicle Examiners in New South Wales (PDF, 231KB)||Modifications previously classed as "owner certified" in NSW that now require approval by an Approved Vehicle Examiner (AVE).|
|VSG7 – Modifications to new vehicles: Fitting bodies and tow couplings (PDF, 292KB)||Heavy vehicle safety standards requirements when modifying a new heavy vehicle by fitting a body or tow coupling.|
|VSG8 – Film on bus emergency exits (PDF, 476KB)||Heavy vehicle safety standards requirements when applying films (advertising, vandal proofing, tinting and other films) to bus emergency exits.|
|VSG9 – Re-rating of Gross Vehicle Mass (PDF, 200KB)||Heavy vehicle safety standards requirements for modifying a vehicle’s gross vehicle mass (GVM).|
|VSG10 – Backlit Badges and Logos (PDF, 248KB)||Fitment and use of backlit badges, emblems or logos on heavy vehicles.|
|VSG11 - Fitting of additional reflectors and conspicuity markings (PDF, 343KB)||Fitting of additional reflectors and conspicuity markings on heavy vehicles intended to improve their visibility.|
|VSG12 - Truck-mounted attenuators (PDF, 361KB)||Fitting and use of truck-mounted attenuators (TMAs).|
|VSG13 - Rear-loading waste collection vehicles in New South Wales (PDF, 366KB)||Information about the vehicle standards exemption (notice) for rear-loading waste collection vehicles operating in New South Wales.|
|VSG14 - NHVIM Information Sheet - Brake Testing (PDF, 322KB)||Information about machine brake testing, namely roller brake testing, in the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual|
|VSG15 - Delayed implementation of Modification Codes H6 and H7 (PDF, 330KB)||Advice about the delayed implementation of Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6 (VSB6) Modification Codes H6 and H7 for 1 September 2017.|
Please note the following supporting document - 50mm ball couplings - VSG16 FAQs (PDF, 176KB)
|Advice about the installation and use of 50mm ball couplings on heavy vehicles with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of more than 5000kg.|
|VSG17 - Implementation of revised tip truck hoisting system requirements (PDF, 334KB)||Advice about the implementation of the revised tip truck hoisting system requirements detailed in Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6 (VSB6).|
|VSG18 - Low friction plates on fifth wheels and skid plates (PDF, 360KB)||Advice about the installation of low friction plates to the fifth wheel or skid plate of heavy vehicles.|
|VSG19 - Vehicle warning signs (PDF, 428KB)||Advice about the requirements and specifications for vehicle warning signs.|