Vehicle Standards Guides

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.

Latest guide

VSG19 - Vehicle warning signs (PDF, 428KB), published 8 December 2017 - Provides advice about the requirements and specifications for vehicle warning signs.

TitleTopic
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.

VSG16 - 50mm ball couplings (PDF, 489KB)

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.