Department of State GrowthTransport

Transition of Heavy Vehicle Compliance and Enforcement to the NHVR

On 2 July 2018, the Department of State Growth (State Growth) transferred responsibility for heavy vehicle compliance and enforcement to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

Tasmania will be the second State or Territory (after South Australia) to achieve this part of the national heavy vehicle reforms.

What do I have to do?

Nothing. There are no changes to the Heavy Vehicle National law (HVNL) arising from this transition. There will be very little impact for day-to-day operations of the road transport industry. There are some minor changes to the clearance of heavy vehicle defects.

What services are transitioning to the NHVR?

From 2 July, the NHVR will provide:

  • On-road education and compliance for heavy vehicles (over 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass). This includes mass, dimension, vehicle standards, load restraints, route compliance and driver fatigue.
  • Investigations and prosecution of offences under the HVNL.

What services are remaining with State Growth?

State Growth will continue to provide:

  • Escorts for Over Size Over Mass (OSOM) vehicles.
  • Written-Off Vehicle Register (WOVR) identity checks for light vehicles.
  • Light vehicle crash inspections for the Coroner.
  • Public Passenger Vehicle compliance and enforcement.
  • Other light vehicle compliance and enforcement with Tasmania Police.

State Growth's Transport Safety and Investigation Unit

How will services be delivered?

The compliance and enforcement services that remain with State Growth will continue to be delivered regionally, with staff based in:

  • Launceston
  • Burnie
  • Hobart.

The team will be known as the Transport Safety and Investigation Unit. It will have 10 employees, all of whom work in the current State Growth Transport Inspectorate. The team will consist of:

  • One Team Leader, Transport Safety and Investigation
  • Eight Transport Safety and Investigation Officers
  • One Administration and Business Support Officer.

The transition will also see some of Tasmania’s current Transport Inspectors transfer their employment to the NHVR.

What will the Transport Safety and Investigation Unit look like?

Staff in the Transport Safety and Investigation Unit will retain their current uniform, with relatively minor changes to reflect their new name. The current vehicle fleet is being renewed progressively as leases expire. In coming months you can expect to see some significant changes in the vehicles’ appearance, to make them more visible on the road. Transport Safety and Investigation Unit vehicles will still operate with the red and blue lights that you’re familiar with.

The NHVR's Safety and Compliance Officers will have their own distinctive uniforms, badges, and vehicles with magenta (reddish-purple) lights. For more detail see the NHVR fact sheet.

What services will the Transport Safety and Investigation Unit provide?

(1) Over Size Over Mass (OSOM) escorts

State Growth will continue to provide escorts for the transport of Over Size Over Mass (OSOM) vehicles. This service will not be transferring to the NHVR.

You will continue to contact State Growth to arrange OSOM escorts. The phone number and new email address are given at the end of this fact sheet.

Tasmania will maintain the current three tier, risk-based approach for OSOM vehicle movements, depending on the requirements of the load:

  • industry-supplied pilots
  • certified pilots
  • authorised officers providing escorts.

(2) Written Off Vehicle Register (WOVR) identity checks for light vehicles

State Growth will continue to provide WOVR identify inspections for light vehicles in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie, however in future we will review the locations where these are provided. We expect WOVR volumes to reduce steadily over time, as more crashed vehicles are classed as statutory (non-repairable) write-offs.

(3) Light vehicle crash inspections for the Coroner

State Growth will continue to undertake crashed light vehicle inspections for the Coroner, for light vehicles involved in fatal crashes and for some serious injury crashes. Heavy vehicle crash attendance and inspections will be undertaken by the NHVR.

(4) Public Passenger Vehicles compliance and enforcement

The Transport Safety and Investigation Unit will continue to provide compliance and enforcement services for the Public Passenger Vehicle sector. This includes:

  • buses (heavy and light)
  • taxis
  • restricted hire vehicles
  • luxury hire vehicles
  • ride-sourcing services (such as Uber and Shebah).

The Transport Safety and Investigation Unit is not concerned with buses as heavy vehicles – that is the responsibility of the NHVR. Instead, the focus of the Unit is on the safe and compliant operation of a bus as a Public Passenger Vehicle. This means ensuring compliance with our registration and licensing requirements for Public Passenger Vehicles:

  • Ancillary certificate checks.
  • Driver licence checks.
  • Scheduled vehicle compliance inspections.

It also includes ensuring compliance with our passenger transport regulations. This includes:

  • licensing, licence plates and fees
  • taxi operations (including compliance with areas and fares)
  • taxi vehicles and equipment (including tariff lights, cameras and meters), and
  • accreditation and authorisations.

(5) Other light vehicle compliance and enforcement with Tasmania Police

Except for Public Passenger Vehicles, Tasmania Police will continue to be responsible for most on-road light vehicle compliance and enforcement activity. However, State Growth will continue to conduct joint on-road operations with Tasmania Police from time to time.

Increasing focus on industry education

We recognise that in many cases, people are trying to do the right thing, but they may not always be aware of what requirements apply to them. So over time, one of our goals for the Transport Safety and Investigation Unit is to expand opportunities for Transport Safety and Investigation Officers to undertake proactive education on light vehicle compliance issues, for stakeholders and the general community.

Heavy vehicle defect notices

Slight changes to heavy vehicle defect notices

From 2 July 2018, heavy vehicle defect notices will be issued by the NHVR instead of State Growth. They will be issued to operators of non-compliant heavy vehicles on a new NHVR form. While the form will look slightly
different, the information it contains will remain largely unchanged. The classification of defects and methods of clearance will not change.

Where do I send my cleared defect notice?

From 2 July 2018, please send your cleared defect notice to the NHVR by either:

Who do I talk to about a defect notice?

From 2 July 2018, to discuss a defect notice or to obtain a copy of a previously issued notice, please contact the NHVR at the address given below:

Contacts

If you have any queries, please contact either your relevant industry association, or don’t hesitate to get in touch with State Growth or the NHVR directly:

State Growth – Transport Safety and Investigation Unit

NHVR

  • Phone: 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487)
  • Email: tasmania@nhvr.gov.au
  • Postal address: PO Box 1268, Launceston TAS 7250

State Growth is very pleased to be partnering with the NHVR to implement this next stage of the national heavy vehicle reform program.

More information

View the NHVR Transfer Fact Sheet (PDF)