NHVR national survey

Bus operators will be part of a health check on Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet this year

A nationwide survey to assess the roadworthiness of heavy vehicles in Australia is set to go ahead later this year, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) announced recently.

There are about 520,000 heavy vehicles in Australia and NHVR wants to better understand the safety of the national fleet, to help operators achieve consistency and develop an accepted standard of roadworthiness.

The National Roadworthy Baseline Survey will sample approximately 9000 heavy vehicles, including rigid, articulated, B-doubles, road trains, buses and plant equipment.

"For the first time in Australia, we’ll be conducting a national survey of heavy vehicle roadworthiness using trained inspectors to gather consistent safety information," NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says.

"Different data is currently compiled by each state and territory which means that the roadworthiness of heavy vehicles nationally is unclear.

"The survey is on track to roll out in August and September and we’ll be speaking to the industry and government in the coming months to discuss the impacts."

Inspections will be conducted by authorised officers at roadside check points and in depots throughout Australia.

Each vehicle will have a comprehensive visual inspection, which is likely to take about 45 minutes.

"For the first time all heavy vehicle inspections will rely on a consistent inspection manual, also due to be adopted nationally in the coming months," Petroccitto says.

"This health check of the heavy vehicle fleet is an important building block to a nationally consistent inspection system."

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