National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR)

Based in Brisbane, Queensland, the (NHVR) is Australia’s independent regulator for all vehicles over 4.5 tonnes of Gross Vehicle Mass. The organisation administers one set of laws under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and delivers a range of services under this regulatory framework.

To access the legislation as it applies in NSW, go to the NSW Legislation website.

For everything you need to know about the NHVR and its services and activities, go to the NHVR website

Services transferred to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

On 1 August 2022, the NSW Government transferred the delivery of NSW's HVNL regulatory services to the NHVR. This was done to support the ongoing national reform process towards a single national regulator.

Since 2017, the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria have transitioned the delivery of heavy vehicle regulatory services to the NHVR to support its function as the national regulator. NSW has now joined those jurisdictions.

In addition to regulatory services, the NHVR has also assumed responsibility for NSW's Heavy Vehicle Inspection Scheme (HVIS).

By assuming responsibility for HVIS, the NHVR will have a more complete view of the NSW fleet, which will better enable an integrated risk-based approach to compliance. Customers will benefit by only having to engage with a single regulator, compliance and inspection regime.

Transition only occurred after the NHVR completed a readiness assessment detailing the satisfactory completion of all transitional activities, and Ministers approved the transition.

Heavy Vehicle National Law

The HVNL and regulations commenced in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria on 10 February 2014. The Northern Territory will commence the HVNL at a later date.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) looks after one rule book for heavy vehicles over 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass. The legislation:

  • Manages the impact of heavy vehicles on the environment, road infrastructure and public amenity
  • Promotes industry productivity and efficiency
  • Consolidates current national heavy vehicle model laws and replaces corresponding state and territory legislation.

Legislative comparison tables identify the impact of the legislation in relation to the former NSW Road Transport Legislation.

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