NHVR manual revised

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator released a revised vehicle inspection manual recently

NHVR manual revised
The revised National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator's (NHVR) has released a revised National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual in South Australia (SA) recently.

SA minister for transport and infrastructure Stephen Mullighan says manual has paved the way for a consistent national approach to heavy vehicle inspections and was a foundation towards improvement in safety across the heavy vehicle industry.

"The importance of this manual can’t be overstated – it will provide a single roadworthiness reference for both authorised officers as well as heavy vehicle operators," he says.

"The manual is the first stage in developing a single national approach to heavy vehicle roadworthiness."

The manual applies to all vehicles with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) or aggregate trailer mass (ATM) greater than 4.5 tonnes and provides transparency about how heavy vehicles will be inspected nationally.

NHVR chief executive officer Sal Petroccitto says the manual is the first project to be delivered by the National Heavy Vehicle Roadworthiness Program.

The program seeks to implement nationally-consistent standards for the conduct of inspections, the skills of inspectors, the criteria against which components or sub-systems are inspected and the management and clearance of defects.

"The manual details practical information about wear, damage or change to important components and systems for in-service inspections by owners, operators and administrators in each state and territory," he says.

The manual was developed with extensive industry consultation and through the Transport and Infrastructure Council, all states and territories have agreed to implement the manual into their inspection regimes by 1 July 2016.

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