Advocacy

HVIA seeks to positively influence the development and maintenance of policy, legislation, regulation and technical standards which foster innovation and contribute to the future viability of the heavy vehicle industry and the safety and productivity of the heavy vehicle fleet.

HVIA continues to grow its relationships and field of influence with government and regulatory agencies, through participation in key industry consultation forums and focused meetings.

Stakeholder Engagement

HVIA sits on the key consultative forums run by:

  • The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR),
  • The National Transport Commission (NTC),
  • Standards Australia,
  • Austroads,
  • State & Territory roads and transport departments and
  • The Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development (DIT)

The Parliamentary Friends of Trucks, Trailers, Transport and Logistics group is an advocacy collaboration by HVIA and the ATA.

Key Advocacy Issues

Key Strategies
Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) review

HVIA-LITE Project
Performance Based Standards (PBS)

Road Vehicle Standards Act
Vehicle Standards Bulletin (VSB6)

Latest news on HVIA Advocacy

NHVR Issue Updated Modification Code For Tipper Bodies

10 April 24

After consultation and feedback from industry, the NHVR has issued draft text for Modification Code J4 (Tipper Bodies) in Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6 and advised updated implementation timing

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HVIA EV Transition Inquiry Submission Calls For HV Focus

10 April 24

HVIA recently made a submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water’s Inquiry into the transition to electric vehicles

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CSIRO Program Aims To Kick Start R&D Projects

3 April 24

Start-ups and small businesses are eligible for matching funding of up to $50,000 – plus access to research expertise and capabilities – to help develop their business under CSIRO’s Kick-Start program

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New Details Revealed On NSW Axle Mass Limit Increases

3 April 24

HVIA met this week with Transport for New South Wales to get an update on the low- and zero-emission axle mass increase scheme in that state

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Feds Release Draft Sustainability Reporting Legislation

3 April 24

The Federal Government introduced draft legislation to Parliament last week proposing to establish a regime that requires corporate entities to meet sustainability reporting thresholds

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HVIA Seek Changes To Powered Trailer Regulations

27 March 24

HVIA is seeking to resolve outstanding regulatory issues necessary to enable widespread use of powered axles in heavy vehicle combination

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Registrations Open For Upcoming Member Meetings

27 March 24

Last week HVIA released details of its new Member Forums and is pleased to announce that online registrations are now open for upcoming events scheduled throughout 2024

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Member Update: LZEV Axle Mass Limit Increases

27 March 24

HVIA is continuing its important advocacy work with the Australian states that have announced axle mass limit increases for next-generation low and zero emission heavy vehicles in trials and other initiatives

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Advantia Project Aims To Streamline PBS Accessibility

20 March 24

HVIA member Advantia Transport Consulting is seeking industry feedback on a project to advance Performance Based Standards vehicle accessibility

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ACCC Issues Guidance On “Greenwashing” In The HV Sector

20 March 24

The ACCC has issued guidance on what “greenwashing” looks like in Australia’s heavy vehicle sector

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HVIA Releases Details Of New Member Forums

20 March 24

HVIA has unveiled the dates and locations for the remaining member meetings scheduled for 2024 – lock them in your diary!

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Telematics Rules Set To Change In QLD, NSW In June

19 March 24

Major changes are looming for transport operators who rely on telematics devices for access or productivity benefits

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Team Global Express Unveils ‘The Depot of the Future’

14 March 24

Team Global Express today officially unveiled Australia’s largest logistics electric vehicle fleet trial, following the arrival of brand-new electric trucks at its depot in Bungarribee, NSW

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Hyzon Unveils 200KW Fuel Cell System In Prime Mover

12 March 24

Hydrogen fuel cell technology developer and supplier of zero-emission heavy-duty fuel cell electric vehicles today launched its single stack 200kW fuel cell system and powertrain in a heavy-duty prime mover at a ceremony in Melbourne

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Daimler Truck Backs TruckShowX Expo And Drive Day

12 March 24

Daimler Truck will present its zero-emission Mercedes-Benz eActros and Fuso eCanter models at TruckShowX in May

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NTC Seeks Further Consultation On Review Of DG Code

11 March 24

The National Transport Commission has launched a new round of consultation on the comprehensive review of the Australian Code for the transport of dangerous goods by road and rail

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Funding Announced For Battery-Electric Terminal Trucks

8 March 24

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced just over $21.8 million for three projects aimed at unlocking an investment of $48.4 million in accelerating the shift to electric vehicles in Western Australia through the Australian Government’s Driving the Nation program

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Centurion Announce Australian-First Off-Grid EV Fleet

7 March 24

Logistics company Centurion has unveiled a project to operate 30 Mercedes-Benz eActros trucks as part of an Australian-first battery electric vehicle fleet powered entirely by off-grid renewable energy

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A Guide To Govt Funding Opportunities For HVIA Members

6 March 24

The Federal Government has several open opportunities for HVIA members to apply for grants and other funding options. The available options are for projects across multiple areas, including transport, road safety, innovation, and renewables and low-emissions technologies

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First State Meetings Completed + Changes Announced!

5 March 24

Last week saw completion of the Queensland and WA state meetings, with NSW and Victoria held the week prior. In a sure sign 2024 has had a flying start, new records for attendance were achieved by NSW and WA, and VIC and QLD meetings were also strongly supported

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NHVR Seeks Feedback On Waste And Recycling Code

5 March 24

The NHVR has released the draft Waste and Recycling Industry Code of Practice for Load Management for industry feedback

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HVs More Often Involved In Level Crossing Collisions

5 March 24

A study has found heavy vehicles are more frequently involved in level crossing collisions than cars and other light vehicles

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Ausgrid Introduces First-Ever Heavy Electric Vehicles

5 March 24

East coast electricity distributor Ausgrid is introducing its first-ever heavy electric vehicles as part of its goal to electrify 40 per cent of its fleet by 2029

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SAF-Holland, Dana Showcase LZE Products At TruckShowX

28 February 24

SAF-Holland and Dana will showcase their low- and zero-emissions truck components in TruckShowX’s much-anticipated technical sessions

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TruckShowX Offers Chance To Jump In Kenworth, DAF ZEVs

28 February 24

TruckShowX attendees will have a unique opportunity to get behind the wheel of the latest zero-emissions vehicles from leading truck manufacturer PACCAR Australia

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NSW Govt Unveils Net Zero Manufacturing Grants

28 February 24

The NSW Government has announced $275 million in grants under the Net Zero Manufacturing Initiative, to secure NSW as the place to develop and manufacture clean technology and create new jobs in the process

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CMV Truck & Bus Powers Up With Volvo Penta Franchise

28 February 24

HVIA member CMV Truck & Bus has unveiled its latest business venture, securing the exclusive Volvo Penta industrial products franchise for Victoria

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Automotive Skills Alliance’s Advisory Panel Gets to Work

28 February 24

The first meeting of the Mining and Automotive Skills Alliance’s Automotive Strategic Workforce Advisory Panel took place last week, bringing together members to discuss the latest industry research, projects, and initial Workforce Plan for 202

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Project Could See EVs Charge Wirelessly On The Road

27 February 24

Trucks and buses could charge wirelessly as they drive on the highway, thanks to a new $3 million grant from the Australian Government to accelerate the nation’s electric vehicle sector

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HVIA + Healthy Heads Formalise Cooperative Arrangement

21 February 24

Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds and HVIA have formalised their cooperative arrangement to extend the services and benefits to their respective memberships and stakeholders

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World First Hazard Perception Test For HV Drivers

21 February 24

Austroads has commissioned Professor Sharon Newnam from the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety to lead a new project to design, develop, and deliver a heavy vehicle hazard perception test

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SAF + Renewable Diesel Project Hits Key Milestone

21 February 24

Jet Zero Australia has executed an agreement with US company LanzaJet that will progress development of a plant to convert bioethanol into SAF and renewable diesel

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QLD On-Road Enforcement Set To Transition to NHVR

16 February 24

Heavy vehicle on-roads enforcement activity will transition from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on April 20, 2024

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Details Of New Driver Licensing Framework Revealed

14 February 24

Mandated minimum training and assessment times and experience-based progression options – plus enhanced governance standards for training providers – will be rolled out over the next two years under a new National Heavy Vehicle Driver Competency Framework

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Smaller contractors get collective bargaining power

14 February 24

Transport unions, employer associations and operators have commended the passing of legislation that gives the Fair Work Commission the power to issue mandatory orders across the road transport contract chain covering rates and payment time

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Influential Net Zero Policy Advisor Joins TruckShowX

14 February 24

HVIA has secured Ian Porter, Strategic Advisor for Net Zero with the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Transport Arts, as a keynote speaker for TruckShowX 2024

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NTC Seeks Industry Feedback On HVNL Penalties Review

14 February 24

The NTC is seeking input from key industry stakeholders to identify offences under HVNL for priority assessment of infringement classification and associated penalty amounts and demerit points

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New NHVR Loading Guides Available Online

14 February 24

The NHVR is progressively releasing a series of loading guides for heavy vehicles on its website

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HVIA To Attend Vehicle Standards Consultative Forum

14 February 24

HVIA Chief Technical Officer Adam Ritzinger will be attending the next Vehicle Standards Consultative Forum in Canberra in March

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New RAV Site Incorporates Safer Freight Vehicles

14 February 24

The NHVR has launched a new RAV website that features improved user-friendliness and also includes Safer Freight Vehicle information on relevant approval

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Sneak Peek: ROADBOSS Rides With Titans Of Timber

7 February 24

In the second issue of ROADBOSS Magazine Cobey Bartels hitches a ride in a high-productivity Fennell Forestry AB-triple for a scenic two-day logging expedition across the Green Triangle, travelling from forestry to mill carting some of Australia’s finest timber

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HVIA Releases Agenda For First State Committee Meetings

7 February 24

The HVIA has released the agenda for the next round of state committee meetings in February – register now!

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Electric Truck Charging Pioneer Confirmed For TruckShowX

31 January 24

Australian battery-electric commercial vehicle charging pioneer NewVolt has been confirmed as a presenter at TruckShowX 2024, Australia’s biggest trucking decarbonisation event to date

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New Standards To Accelerate EV + HFCEV Safety

31 January 24

New standards bolstering safety requirements for new electric and hydrogen-fuelled vehicles in Australia have been put in place by the Australian Government

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Landmark COR Case A Warning To Transport Bosses

31 January 24

Last week’s sentencing of a transport manager under Heavy Vehicle National Law has been described as “ground-breaking” by experts who warn it sends a strong message to executives across the country

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Renewable Hydrogen Hub Unveiled For North Queensland

31 January 24

The Federal Government has announced investment of up to $70 million to develop the Townsville Region Hydrogen Hub in North Queensland which will produce green hydrogen for use at a local critical mineral processing plant and in zero-emissions road freight transport

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Inquiries Under Way on EV Transition, Renewable Diesel

30 January 24

Two reviews are under way aimed at promoting transport decarbonisation: one focused on transition to electric vehicles and the other on development of a fuel quality standard for renewable diesel

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National Road Safety Action Grants Program Extended

30 January 24

The Australian Government has extended the National Road Safety Grants Program as part of its commitment to ‘Vision Zero’, which has a goal of no deaths or serious injuries on public roads by 2050

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Qld Rejects Plan To Extend Electrical Licensing To EV’s

23 January 24

The Queensland Government has rejected a proposal to extend the electrical licensing framework to cover electric vehicle

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Natroad Signs On As TruckShowX Strategic Partner

23 January 24

HVIA signs key strategic partnership with NatRoad for Australia’s biggest trucking industry decarbonisation event, TruckShowX 2024

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HVIA Raise Alarm On PBS Notice Interpretation Change

20 December 23

HVIA has recently become aware of a situation where some operators have been denied network access for specific truck/trailer combinations, despite meeting all published legal requirements

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NHVR Extends Transitional Arrangements For VSB6

20 December 23

The NHVR has extended the current transitional arrangements allowing authorised examiners and signatories to certify tipper bodies under the old VSB6 v3.1 Section J requirements until July 1, 2024

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NHVR Resolves Tow Truck Length Compliance Issue

19 December 23

The NHVR has resolved an issue that emerged earlier this year where a tow truck operator was issued with a non-compliance notice for exceeding dimensional limits

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Strategy Relaxes Labour Market Test For Overseas Workers

19 December 23

The Government’s new Migration Strategy contains significant wins for employers, including relaxation of the Labour Market Test and a new Skills in Demand visa that may include truck drivers

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TruckShowX Tickets On Sale, First Case Studies Confirmed

19 December 23

Early-bird registrations are now open for TruckShowX, Australia’s first and largest event dedicated to low- and zero-emissions freight transport

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Partnership To Underpin Growth Of Hydrogen Skills Set

19 December 23

Hyzon Motors Australia and the Kangan Institute have joined forces to develop an innovative Hydrogen Education and Training Precinct that will support local learning, training, and modern manufacturing

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NTC Seeks Further Feedback On Proposed HVNL Reforms

15 December 23

NTC launches survey targeted at heavy vehicle operators to help inform key proposed policy changes to the Heavy Vehicle National Law

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HVNL Reform Timetable Extended As NTC Seeks More Input

13 December 23

The timetable for drafting of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) legislative reforms has been extended with the package now due to go to Ministers in December 2024

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Guide To Best Practice Load Restraint, Tyre Management

13 December 23

Tech guru Adam Ritzinger unpacks HVIA’s two new training courses, explains their relevance under Chain of Responsibility, and highlights the safety case for getting it right

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Transport NSW Introduces New Conditions For PBS Vehicles

13 December 23

Transport for NSW has introduced new network conditions for Performance Based Standards vehicles in the state

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HVIA Unveil First Round Of 2024 Committee Meetings

13 December 23

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia has locked in the times and locations for the first round of State Committee Meeting in 2024

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NHVR To Release New National Network Map

13 December 23

The NHVR has announced it will release a new National Network Map designed to provide a single central location to access information on approved routes for more than 1,000 heavy vehicle configurations across multiple jurisdictions

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Safety Initiative Aims To Put A Stop To ‘Spilt Milk’

13 December 23

Insurer NTI delivers Australia’s first driver safety campaign aimed at reducing the high rate of tanker rollovers in the dairy industry

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HVIA Calls For Feedback On State Committee Meetings

6 December 23

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia is surveying members to better understand preferences and availability for its state committee meetings

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Plan To Mandate Acoustic Vehicle Alert Systems From 2025

6 December 23

Draft ADR proposes to mandate Acoustic Vehicle Alerting Systems for light vehicles from January 2025 and heavy vehicles from November 2025

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HVIA Calls For Delay To Implementation Of VSB6 Update

6 December 23

The HVIA has called for the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to extend the implementation date of the new version of VSB6 by an additional three months

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NHVR Launches Pavement Impact Comparison Calculator

6 December 23

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has launched the interactive Pavement Impact Comparison Calculator to enable road managers to understand the long-term pavement effects of freight activity on roads

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NTRO Partnership Adds Spark To TruckShowX 2024

29 November 23

Shortly after announcing TruckShowX for 2024, HVIA has signed on Australia’s National Transport Research Organisation (NTRO) as the official research partner for the landmark event

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Time Running Out To Comply With Engineers Rego Scheme

29 November 23

The Victorian Engineers Registration Scheme will apply to mechanical engineers from December 1, 2024, and engineers providing mechanical engineering services covered by the legislation must be registered by that date or face fines of up to $96,000

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NVHR Webinars To Provide Overview Of Freight PASS Tool

29 November 23

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is hosting a series of webinars which will provide an overview of its recently launched interactive tool, Freight PASS

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Renewable Hydrogen Refuelling Station Launched

29 November 23

CSIRO and Swinburne University of Technology’s Victorian Hydrogen Hub this week launched a hydrogen refuelling station, purpose-built for enabling hydrogen research

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Minister Signs ADRs To Support Zero Emissions Vehicles

29 November 23

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Carol Brown, has signed three new Australian Design Rules on zero emission vehicle safety

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HVIA Call For Separation Of Euro VI, General Mass Increases

22 November 23

HVIA calls for separate implementation of Euro VI and productivity increases under proposed HVNL reforms in its response to National Transport Commission proposal

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HVIA Advocates For Heavy Vehicle Industry In Canberra

21 November 23

CEO Todd Hacking and Chief Advocacy Officer Adele Lausberg met with key decision makers in Canberra last week to advocate on key issues of importance to the heavy vehicle industry

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Braking Best: A Guide To Brake Servicing And Maintenance

21 November 23

HVIA tech guru Adam Ritzinger’s guide to in-service brake inspections, test methods, and equipment

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WA Renewable Energy Hub Reaches Major Milestone

21 November 23

Bp’s plans to produce renewable hydrogen at its Kwinana Energy Hub in WA have reached a major milestone, with the H2Kwinana project entering front-end engineering and design

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HVIA Request Removal Of ‘Tipper Stability’ Calculation

15 November 23

HVIA has formally requested that the National Heavy Vehicle Regulatory remove the contentious ‘tipper stability’ calculation from the upcoming VSB6 update.

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New Round Of NHVR’s HVSI Grants Poised To Open

15 November 23

Submissions for the latest round of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program open next week.

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QLD Plan To Abolish HV Rego Assessment Scheme

15 November 23

The Queensland Government is seeking feedback on plans to abolish the Heavy Vehicle Registration Assessment Scheme.

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Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems Mandate Proposed

8 November 23

The Federal Department of Infrastructure and Transport has raised the prospect of mandating tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS)

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HVIA Calls For ZEV Case Studies for Inaugural TruckShowX

8 November 23

HVIA is seeking expressions of interest from members keen to present at the inaugural TruckShowX 2024 zero-emissions trucking event to be held May 13-15, 2024 at Cape Schanck in Victoria

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HVIA State Committee Meetings Wrap-Up For 2023

8 November 23

The final round of HVIA State Committee Meetings for 2023 covered key regulatory, policy, and technical changes that impact members and the wider industry

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Projects To Boost Heavy Vehicle Safety And Productivity

8 November 23

The Federal Government has committed $18 million in funding towards new projects aimed at improving heavy vehicle safety and productivity on regional roads

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HVIA Calls For Consistency On Mass Limit Increases

1 November 23

HVIA calls for national consistency across the scope, details, and administration of separate state-based higher axle mass limit schemes

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Program Aims To Steel Women For Truck Driving Career

1 November 23

Eleven candidates from five transport companies across three states will take part in the Australian pilot program of ‘Iron Women’, a driver training and licensing program aimed specifically at females

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Truck Width, Mass Changes Dominate HVIA Meetings

25 October 23

HVIA’s October State Committee Meetings are under way and generating considerable discussion around a recent changes to truck width and axle mass limits.

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Daimler Welcomes Increases In Axle Mass Limits For EVs

24 October 23

Axle weight limit increase trials for zero-emission vehicles in New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland welcomed by Daimler Truck Australia Pacific

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HVIA Releases Fact Sheet On Navigating 3G Shutdown

24 October 23

New fact sheet explains the impending 3G network shutdown, the implications for industry, and what actions need to be taken to ensure you’re not left in the lurch

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HVIA Reveals Rigids Eligible For SA Axle Mass Trial

18 October 23

HVIA reveals further details of the South Australian low and zero emission heavy vehicle trial scheme

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NHVR Launch Tool To Compare Heavy Vehicle Performance

18 October 23

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator this week launched a new interactive tool to help industry and road managers make more informed safety, productivity and sustainability decisions about the benefits of heavy vehicle combinations on the road network

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Hydrogen-Powered Waste Truck Commences Duties

18 October 23

Remondis Australia achieves global breakthrough as zero-emission hydrogen powered waste collection truck commences duties in NSW

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Transport Equip Manufacturers Lead Rise In Aug Turnover

12 October 23

Manufacturing recorded a 6.4 per cent rise in monthly turnover, the highest of any industry sector, with transport equipment manufacturers a key contributor.

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HVIA Releases State Committee Meetings Agenda

11 October 23

HVIA’s final round of state committee meetings will be held across the major capital cities in late October – and the recent regulatory announcements that have caused a stir are front and centre.

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Victorian Engineer Registration Deadline Looms

11 October 23

Mechanical engineers providing professional engineering services in Victoria must be registered from December 1 this year or face significant penalties.

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Electric Vehicle Apprenticeships Arrive In Qld

11 October 23

Electric Vehicle (EV) apprentices are heading to the sunshine state, with TAFE Queensland now offering the Certificate III in Automotive Vehicle Technology apprenticeship to Queenslanders

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NSW Announces Higher Mass Limits For ZEV Trial

4 October 23

Transport for NSW this week released its Towards Net Zero Emissions Freight Policy, outlining a commitment to reduce emissions in the transport sector, including a trial of higher-mass zero emissions heavy vehicles on NSW roads.

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Announcements Accelerate Freight Decarbonisation

4 October 23

The past five days have brought several game-changing announcements that will accelerate the decarbonisation of trucking in Australia.

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Manufacturing Sector Experiencing Mild Slowdown

3 October 23

Australia’s manufacturing sector is experiencing a mild slowdown with few signs of a deeper downturn ahead, according to new data.

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Government Announces Historic Truck Width Increase

28 September 23

Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Carol Brown today announced the Federal Government’s landmark decision to increase the overall width limit for trucks in Australia to 2.55 metres

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HVIA Flags Huge Agenda For Committee Meetings

27 September 23

Truck width and mass increases, electromobility, technical issues, and HVIA’s new magazine and ZEV show all on packed agenda for upcoming state committee meetings.

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Freight Strategy Industry Reference Panel Unveiled

27 September 23

The Federal Department of Infrastructure and Transport has announced membership of a Reference Panel to provide industry with a clear line of sight on implementation of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.

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White Paper Outlines Measures To Build Future Workforce

27 September 23

An employment white paper released this week by Federal Treasury details ambitious measures to build Australia’s future workforce, including those required to enable the transport industry’s transition to net-zero.

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HVIA Puts Tag Trailer Mass Back On The Reform Agenda

20 September 23

HVIA is hopeful long-standing issues related to tag trailer mass will be resolved over the coming year

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Deadline looms to register for R&D Tax Incentive

20 September 23

Companies with financial year ended December 31, 2022 reminded they need to register their eligible R&D by end of October

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HVIA Attends First Vehicle Standards Committee Meeting

20 September 23

HVIA meets with Federal Department of Infrastructure to discuss vehicle standards issues, including safety and environmental standards for heavy vehicles

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Government Aims To Address Inadequate Road Safety Data

20 September 23

Government working towards National Road Safety Data Collection and Reporting Framework and minimum national dataset

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Key Appointment Boosts HVIA’s Advocacy Firepower

13 September 23

HVIA announces new addition to the team with Dr Adele Lausberg joining as Chief Advocacy Officer

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HVIA Calls For Member Input Into Freight Strategy Review

13 September 23

Review of National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy bought forward to ensure fit-for-purpose in the current environment

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Member input sought on electric vehicle training needs

7 September 23

HVIA is inviting interested members to assist in identifying the training needs for workshop/technical staff diagnosing and repairing heavy vehicles with battery-electric systems

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HVIA CEO appointed to key workforce advisory panel

6 September 23

HVIA CEO Todd Hacking has been appointed to the Mining and Automotive Skills Alliance’s Automotive Strategic Workforce Advisory Panel

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NHVR release local government road managers’ info hub

5 September 23

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator releases new online information hub to support local government and road managers

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HVIA promotes National Rural Road Safety Month

5 September 23

National Rural Road Safety Month serves as a timely reminder for all road users, as Australia’s road toll is tragically trending upwards

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Department reschedules ROVER webinar for this Friday

5 September 23

The Federal Department of Infrastructure and Transport has rescheduled its webinar on upcoming changes to the functionality of the Road Vehicle Regulator (ROVER) administrative system for the Road Vehicle Standards Act

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NTC calls for feedback on DG heavy vehicle and tank design

30 August 23

The National Transport Commission is seeking feedback on heavy vehicle and tank design for dangerous goods transportation.

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Sneak Peak: Inside the first issue of Road Boss magazine

30 August 23

It’s now only 30 sleeps until the inaugural edition of HVIA’s ground-breaking new magazine Road Boss heads off to the printer and the team is busy criss-crossing the country to bring you what we’ve promised: authentic, engaging, and entertaining stories on the industry’s icons, innovators and colourful characters.

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Reminder: Upcoming ROVER webinars dates confirmed

30 August 23

The Federal Department of Infrastructure and Transport is holding two public webinars relevant to users of the ROVER administrative system for the Road Vehicle Standards Act.

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HVIA works with NHVR to fix tow truck compliance issues

30 August 23

The NHVR says it is investigating a recent incident where a member was issued with a roadside notice due to the combination of a towing vehicle and its load (a car being towed) exceeding the maximum overall length and rear overhang limit that apply to rigid vehicles under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

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Decision imminent on bp renewable diesel refinery

30 August 23

A final investment decision is expected to be made this year on bp’s proposed Kwinana Energy Hub which will see the former oil refinery redeveloped into a green energy hub producing renewable diesel (HVO), sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and green hydrogen

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Factory tour gives Lord Mayor insights into HV manufacturing

23 August 23

The Drake Group shared its views on how to encourage growth and innovation in the local manufacturing industry during a recent visit by Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner

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Feds commit $22m to Truck Training and Testing Precinct

23 August 23

The Federal Government has announced $22 million in funding for stage one of Wodonga TAFE’s Logical Innovation Precinct which includes a Heavy Vehicle Training and Experimentation Precinct.

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HVIA joins call to establish local renewable diesel industry

23 August 23

HVIA has joined with leading cross-sector organisations in an appeal to the Australian Government for support in enabling an on-shore renewable diesel refining industry.

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Next round of ROVER updates due mid-September

22 August 23

The Federal Department of Infrastructure has advised that the next updates to the ROVER (Road Vehicle Regulator) system are planned for Friday, September 8 to Tuesday, September 12.

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Critical shortages highlighted during National Skills Week

21 August 23

The pipeline for skilled workers is struggling to keep pace with demand according to Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia’s Chief Executive Todd Hacking.

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NHVR Responds Quickly to PBS Portal Concerns

16 August 23

The NHVR has stepped in to alleviate concerns that changes to the design approvals process on the regulator’s PBS Portal will increase costs to industry.

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Members urged to report defective vehicles

16 August 23

HVIA members have been advised to document interactions and responding actions with customers who present vehicles for routine service work in an unroadworthy condition.

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Does your business have a pathway to Net Zero?

9 August 23

Mandatory reporting is coming for large business to report on net emissions both up and down stream over the next five years, an HVIA event in Sydney was told last week.

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NHVR supports VSB6 extension

8 August 23

The NHVR has agreed to push back the implementation of Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6 (VSB6) Code J4 with transitional arrangements now extended to 1 February 2024.

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 J4 Tipper Code and AVE scheme need NHVR intervention

2 August 23

HVIA has written to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to plead for a postponement of VSB6 updates including the new J4 Tipper Code.

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Department finalises Recall Rectification Benchmarks

2 August 23

Now that the implementation of the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) is complete the Department of Infrastructure has published recall rectification benchmarks which are designed to promote a shared understanding of the Department’s expectations regarding recall performance.

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Can your workshop help with tech upgrades?

28 July 23

HVIA seeks expressions of interest from members with workshops/service facilities – to potentially assist with telematics system upgrades.

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Call for action on NHVR PBS Portal issues answered

27 July 23

On the eve of the round of HVIA State Committee meetings this month, members raised concerns regarding a recent and unannounced change to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s PBS Portal.

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RVSA Compliance and Enforcement Strategy

26 July 23

The Vehicle Safety Operations Branch of the Department of Infrastructure has released the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) Compliance and Enforcement Strategy 2023-26.

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Key points from HVIA’s mid-year State Committee meetings

26 July 23

The HVIA team has reported an excellent and productive mid-year round of State Committee meetings held in WA, QLD, NSW, and VIC this month.

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Busting the myths on truck width and road safety

26 July 23

While Australia eagerly awaits a decision by Federal transport ministers on reforms to Australia’s overall truck width limits, there has been some public commentary around the possible negative impacts of those increases, none of which have any merit.

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HVIA supports members navigating exit of 3G

12 July 23

HVIA has been working with members involved in vehicle telematics, communications, and data ahead of the Australia-wide 3G network shutdown in mid-2024.

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First Report on Coupling Strength Project

12 July 23

For the last year, HVIA has been part of a collaborative investigation into dynamic loads on couplings fitted to heavy High Productivity Freight Vehicles (HPFV) and PBS combinations.

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Regulatory impacts on the agenda for State Committee Meetings

12 July 23

Critical regulatory issues that continue to impact members dominate the agenda for this month’s round of HVIA State Committee Meetings, commencing tomorrow in Melbourne.

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RVSA transition complete – where to next?

5 July 23

We are now into the new financial year and the transition process from the Motor Vehicle Standards Act to the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) is now complete; all vehicles entering the Australian Market must comply with the RVSA rules from now on.

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Changing of the guard: ATA, ALRTA & NTC

5 July 23

HVIA has welcomed the arrival of new Australian Trucking Association Chief Executive Mathew Munro this week, along with new CEO appointments for ALRTA and the NTC.

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HVIA welcomes the simplification of ROVER applications

28 June 23

The Department of Infrastructure has advised that it will remove the need for applicants to attach an extract or complete copy of UN approval documents to their applications.

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Updated mechanical couplings standards for 2023

28 June 23

Standards Australia has published updated versions of mechanical couplings standards (AS/NZS 4968) for 2023.

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NHVR rejects call for VSB6 implementation delay

21 June 23

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has rejected HVIA’s calls for a delay to the implementation of updates to Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6 (VSB6), scheduled to commence on 1st July.

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HVIA offers further support for members impacted by the VSB6 changes

6 June 23

In April this year, the NHVR published updates to Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6 (VSB6) and announced a commencement date of 1st July 2023.

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HVIA warns against jumping the gun on trailer width

1 June 23

The NHVR’s discussion paper, released today, explores options for implementing the Safer Freight Vehicle (SFV) reforms, which are yet to be finalised at the Federal level.

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Telematics seminars video 

31 May 23

The “What’s New in Telematics” seminar presented by Transport Certification Australia (TCA) and HVIA at the Brisbane Truck Show is now available to watch online.

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Warning – One Month to Go – MVSA end date in sight

26 May 23

The Department of Infrastructure has recently circulated the latest guidance material as the end of the transition from the Motor Vehicle Standards Act (MVSA) to the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) transition approached.

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Reflections on the Brisbane Truck Show 2023

24 May 23

Government clearly needs to step up and ensure that there is a clear road map for how the energy and the energy infrastructure necessary to support the transport sector will be provided at a reasonable cost.

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Australia needs a National Zero Emission Truck Strategy

4 May 23

The freight and transport industry has called on the Australian Government to develop and implement a Zero Emission Truck Strategy. HVIAA has joined forces with the ATA, the Electric Vehicle Council and the Australian Hydrogen Council to advocate for government direction and support that goes beyond the government’s first National Electric Vehicle Strategy launched last week

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New guidance for PBS access at greater masses

3 May 23

The NHVR’s new guidance replaces previously published advice relating to Tier 2 and 3 assessments and guides operators through the process of applying for a PBS permit under the Tier 2/3 bridge assessment option.

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Urgent regulatory changes needed to support zero-emissions heavy vehicles

19 April 23

The heavy vehicle industry’s position on the regulatory changes needed to support next generation Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEVs) is clear but needs urgent action by the Government and its policy and regulatory agencies.

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VSB6 v3.2 update

18 April 23

Following last week’s Talk the Torque article on the implementation date for the new version of VSB6, HVIA received important feedback from members regarding the new ‘J4’ modification code for tipper bodies.

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Low-Speed Swept Path and Tail Swing options paper

17 April 23

As part of an on-going review of the PBS standards that kicked off in 2019, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has released a detailed options paper that explores possible improvements to the PBS low speed turning performance standard, and its related performance measures.

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NHVR publishes VSB6 v 3.2 and commencement date

12 April 23

VSB6 Version 3.2 includes new information on tipper body design, tow truck design and box or top hat chassis section modifications, plus updates to existing codes.,

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ROVER – outage reminder and new guidance released

12 April 23

Members are reminded that ROVER and the Register of Approved Vehicles (RAV) will be unavailable from 4 pm AEST on Friday 14 April until 9 am AEST on Tuesday 18 April 2023 while the Release 8B upgrade takes place.

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New regulatory advice for safety technologies and telematics

12 April 23

The NHVR has released guidance on best-practice safety technologies and telematics for CoR parties to meet primary duty obligations under the HVNL.

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Ritzinger talks CoR with ITC at TA23

5 April 23

HVIA’s Chief Technical Officer Adam Ritzinger talked Chain of Responsibility (CoR) technologies at the first ATA Industry Technical Council meeting for 2023.

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HPFV network updates from Freight Victoria

5 April 23

Freight Victoria staff delivered a valuable update on Victoria’s High Productivity Freight Vehicle (HPFV) policy and networks for HVIA members this week.

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New guidance note: Moving from MVSA to RAV

29 March 23

The Department of infrastructure has just released updated the guidance material on Adding a vehicle manufactured and/or imported under the MVSA to the Register of Approved Vehicles.

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Takeaways from the first round

29 March 23

Several recurring viewpoints were expressed by HVIA members at State Committee meetings held in WA, QLD, NSW, and VIC this month.

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Amendments to Lighting ADRs

22 March 23

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts has amended a wide range of Australian Design Rules related to vehicle lighting. 

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HVIA State Committee Meetings – WA and QLD

15 March 23

HVIA’s first two State Committee Meetings for 2023 have enjoyed strong engagement from Members, with meetings in Sydney and Melbourne still to come.

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HVIA and NHVR techsperts tackling policy challenges

15 March 23

Newly-minted Chief Technical Officer, Adam Ritzinger, and Manager of Member Engagement, Harrison Hunkin are on the case for HVIA members.

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Big agenda in a big year – and we need you!

8 March 23

On the back of reportedly record business for much of the heavy vehicle industry over the last year or more, it is hard to paint 2023 as being something extraordinary – but it is. HVIA’s state committees are here to help navigate your way through it.

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Proposed Recall Rectification Targets

1 March 23

The Department of Infrastructure has proposed benchmarks for recall rectification to provide “suggested timeframes for industry to progress and complete voluntary recalls.”

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HVIA cautiously optimistic towards PBS 2.0

22 February 23

The PBS scheme should be better used as a mechanism for promoting the uptake of safer high-productivity vehicles according to HVIA.

The comments form part of HVIA’s submission responding to the NHVR’s Performance Based Standards (PBS) 2.0 discussion paper, and follow extensive consultation with HVIA members and stakeholders.

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Review the Australian Dangerous Goods code first since 2007

22 February 23

The National Transport Commission is conducting a full review of the Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG) Code, which will be the first since the current edition was released in 2007.  

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ADR now in place for Euro VI and some EV’s

21 February 23

ADR 80/04 adopting Euro VI and equivalent standards for heavy vehicles has now been signed and can now be accessed on the Federal Register of Legislation. 

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Queensland announces trials for heavy-duty BEV

15 February 23

Queensland’s Palaszczuk Government is backing Volvo trials of two heavy battery-powered trucks 3-axle prime movers, operating at a gross weight of 44,000 kg.

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Swedish Royalty and the EV revolution

15 February 23

Australian and Swedish experts shared views on best practices to fully leverage electrification on the path to net-zero at a special forum hosted by the Australian National University this week.

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BTS23 deliver value for new National Road Safety Action Plan

8 February 23

HVIA says the Government’s latest National Road Safety Strategy takes important steps forward in ensuring that Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet adopts available technologies to improve safety outcomes for every member of the community.

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New ADR’s proposed for BEV and FCEV

1 February 23

Proposed new ADR’s cover electric power train safety requirements and safety related performance for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

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HVIA draft submission – PBS 2.0 Discussion Paper

1 February 23

HVIA has circulated its draft submission on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s PBS 2.0 Discussion Paper for review by members.

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Queensland harmonises telematics rules with other jurisdictions

23 January 23

The harmonisation of Queensland’s telematics rules brings the state in line other jurisdictions for various types of restricted access vehicles heavy vehicles, principally HML vehicles in New South Wales.

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It’s not too late to have your say on PBS 2.0

18 January 23

HVIA’s Greg Forbes says the level of member engagement on the NHVR’s PBS 2.0 discussion paper shows how important the scheme is to the heavy vehicle industry.

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Advocacy delivers improvements to NHVR notice for HVIA members

18 January 23

The NHVR has responded to HVIA member feedback with practical improvements to resources accompanying its Class 3 Truck and Dog notice.

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PBS 2.0 – HVIA member workshop

11 January 23

HVIA is leading the charge in response to the NHVR’s recently released the ”PBS 2.0” – a discussion paper on the future of the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme.

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Last round of State Committee Meetings for 2022

7 December 22

HVIA’s last round of State Committee Meetings for 2023 concluded with the Victorian meeting held at CMV Truck and Bus in Derrimut.

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ARENA grant to co-fund Australia’s largest EV truck fleet

7 December 22

One of Australia’s busiest logistics providers is set to embark on Australia’s largest heavy vehicle electrification project at its western Sydney depot.

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Truck and dog notice forum success

23 November 22

The Class 3 Truck and Dog Notice created a stir on its release but has gone on to be the catalyst for great industry-regulator collaboration.

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NHVR releases PBS version 2 Discussion Paper

23 November 22

The NHVR has proposed a series of significant reforms in its long-awaited discussion paper on PBS 2.0.

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Expanded tyre choice brings greater flexibility to PBS operators

15 November 22

From 1 December 2022, Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles will be able to use a broader range of tyres, enabling the PBS scheme to better support and promote the next generation of smarter, safer and more productive vehicles.

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Webinar: the NHVR’s Class 3 truck and dog notice

9 November 22

HVIA and the NHVR have agreed that HVIA will organise a Webinar that will allow the allow members to engage with the NHVR and seek clarity on what can and can’t be done under the existing Class 3 truck and dog notice.

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TAFE EV workshop showcases readiness for technology transition

9 November 22

TAFE Queensland demonstrated just how advanced they are in preparing the training arena for the transition to electromobility at their Acacia Ridge Training Centre last week.

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Industry comes together to declare EV future

31 October 22

HVIA has joined with over one hundred organisations to declare our support for the Australian Government to push ahead with the National Electric Vehicle Strategy.

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Albanese’s first budget highlights trouble ahead

26 October 22

The Albanese Government’s first budget, handed down by Treasurer the Hon Jim Chalmers MP in Canberra last night, forecasts skyrocketing energy prices and ongoing inflationary pressures.

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HVIA on Government’s National Electric Vehicle Strategy

26 October 22

The draft National Electric Vehicle Strategy represents a positive step for the Albanese Government, but requires a lot more detail to succeed in its implementation according to HVIA.

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EnergyAustralia outlines plans to support heavy vehicle electrification 

25 October 22

HVIA partner EnergyAustralia has outlined plans to support heavy vehicle electrification by working with heavy vehicle and bus operators to plan and build the infrastructure to charge their fleet. 

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Assist Minister talks to HVIA member execs on EV future

25 October 22

The Government is prioritising a strong working relationship with industry, Senator the Hon Anthony Chisholm, Assistant Minister for Regional Development, told attendees at the HVIA Executive Club Event held at Energy Australia’s headquarters in Melbourne last week.

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ROVER Release 8A and RAV outage

25 October 22

UPDATED – The ROVER outage is now from 4 pm AEDT on Thursday 3 November to 9 am AEDT on Tuesday 8 November 2022. The RAV will be unavailable 12 pm AEDT on Thursday 3 November to 9 am AEDT on Tuesday 8 November 2022.

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Ebusco Australia and EnergyAustralia join forces

19 October 22

Energy retailer and generator, EnergyAustralia, and European electric bus manufacturer, Ebusco, have teamed up to accelerate Australia’s electric bus revolution.

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HVIA welcomes new NHVR Board

19 October 22

HVIA has welcomed the appointment of Patrick Conlon to the NHVR Board, along with the re-appointment of Deputy Chair Julie Russell and board member Catherine Scott for a second term.

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Albanese Government confirms new emissions standards for trucks and buses

13 October 22

HVIA has congratulated the Albanese Government on today’s announcement confirming the introduction of ADR80/04 – the Australian standard that brings our emissions standards in line with Euro 6. 

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The long overdue next step to keep pace with world emissions standards

11 October 22

Believe it or not we live in a first world country, not just a distant colonial outpost. Why then has it taken an additional eight years for our engine emissions regulations to catch up with Europe?

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Removing red tape on PBS applications

11 October 22

The NHVR will be introducing changes to the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme Vehicle Approval (VA) document to reduce administrative burden for industry and provide a better customer experience.

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Peak bodies unite for Female-Only job seeker plan

5 October 22

Enabling exclusive invitations to females to enter the male dominated heavy vehicle and logistics industries is a win-win – but needs anti-discrimination commission buy-in to proceed.

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NHVR introduce Truck and Dog Mass and Dimension exemptions

28 September 22

The NHVR has published a new Class 3 notice enabling 20m long 3 axle truck and 4 axle dog trailer mass to obtain mass and dimension exemptions.

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Long slow path to PBS reform finally taking shape

7 September 22

It has been a long time coming, but the necessary pieces of the puzzle for the future of PBS are finally coming together.

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Grattan Truck Report misses the easy wins and ignores key obstacles

31 August 22

The Grattan Institute’s new “Grattan Truck Plan”has made headlines this week with its controversial calls for city-wide bans on pre-2003 diesel engines, but misses out on easier opportunities to lower heavy vehicle emissions.

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HVIA State Committees underway

24 August 22

The latest round of HVIA State Committee meetings are underway, with today’s Sydney well-attended meeting the first to be held. It’s not too late to attend.

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Release of Revised AS2213.1 covering automatic type couplings

17 August 22

Standards Australia has released for public comment AS 2213.1 that covers the selection and marking of pin type couplings, which are often referred to as “automatic couplings”.

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Bull bars for light vehicles under review

9 August 22

The current standard covering bull bars for light vehicles (AS 4876.1-2002) is being assessed to determine its future status.

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EnergyAustralia & SEA Electric Form Strategic Partnership for EV Transition

3 August 22

New HVIA Suporting Partner EnergyAustralia has joined forces with commercial HVIA member SEA Electric in a strategic partnership, which will assist in accelerating the transition to clean energy for the nation’s truck fleets.

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HVIA LITE Skills & Training Working Group

27 July 22

HVIA members and training stakeholders attended the second HVIA LITE Skills and Training Working Group meeting last week to progress action on zero emission vehicle skills and training priorities.

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IVECO outlines zero-emission pathway

20 July 22

IVECO has used an event organised by the Italian Chamber of Commerce last month to outline its zero-emission vehicle plans to dignitaries.

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The attraction of good traction

13 July 22

HVIA’s “Safety Through Education” project is starting to gather pace with two ambitious “best practice” courses in the works with support from the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.

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Rover outage next week for implementation of upgrade

6 July 22

The Department of Infrastructure has announced that ROVER will be unavailable from 4 pm AEST Wednesday 13 July to Monday 18 July to allow for the implementation of Release 10.

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New PBS Notice is progress – but not the end goal

6 July 22

A new Performance Based Standards (PBS) class 2 notice will introduce more nationally consistent conditions for road trains, supporting more seamless cross-border access and dramatically reducing requirements for permits.

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Coupling evaluation project progresses

5 July 22

The industry’s collaborative coupling evaluation project is gathering pace now that significant challenges have been overcome, thanks to contributions from several HVIA members.

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Year in review 2021/22

29 June 22

A snapshot of some of HVIA’s achievements and benefits to our members during the last financial year.

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Changes to PBS vehicle approval documents

22 June 22

The NHVR has released two discussion papers canvasing possible changes to vehicle approval documents issued under the PBS scheme.

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HVIA-LITE Skills & Training Working Group

8 June 22

The HVIA-LITE skills and training working group kicked off yesterday with a combination of HVIA members and representatives from registered training organisations looking to determine skills and training priorities to prepare the industry’s readiness to work with electric heavy vehicles.

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Who’s who in Australia’s new Government Ministry?

8 June 22

With a combination of vast experience and new faces, these Ministers in the new Labor Government will play vital roles in enabling the productivity of Australia’s heavy vehicle industry over coming years.

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Is cloning ROVER the answer to VTA delays?

7 June 22

During the latest round of State committees one of the Road Vehicles Standards Act problems  HVIA has been discussing with members has been the problems caused by slow processing of VTA’s and variations.

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HVIA Congratulates Albanese Government

24 May 22

HVIA congratulates the Australian Labor Party on forming Government under new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Chief Executive Todd Hacking said the new Government has put forward a policy platform that has the potential to revitalise Australian manufacturing.

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Report Card: ALP and LNP survey results are in

19 May 22

UPDATED: We all know that a strong heavy vehicle industry is vital for a resilient Australia. As we all prepare to head to the ballot box, HVIA asked the major parties to consider, and respond to, our election policy priorities.

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National Road Safety Week 2022

16 May 22

This week is National Road Safety Week. With the 2022 Federal Election taking place on Saturday, we are asking the next Australian Government to commit to action by improving the uptake of heavy vehicle road safety related technologies.

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Federal Election 2022: Skills & Jobs priorities

11 May 22

Ten days until the Federal election and there is still every reason to think it is going to be tight. Right now we are sitting on some extraordinarily low unemployment figures – which in of itself is great. But – as an industry – we need the Government to be invested in helping us fill a gaping skills shortage.

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HVIA-LITE: Collaborating to understand EV duty cycles

11 May 22

HVIA’s LITE Project steering committee met with the Queensland Transport and Logistics Council (QTLC) and the authors of their report “Addressing barriers to zero emissions trucks in Queensland to 2025,” to discuss its recommendations for stakeholders from the heavy vehicle industry; in particular the need to understand the duty cycles of heavy vehicles as a key to identifying the applications where zero emission heavy vehicles (ZEHV) can be successfully deployed.

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Is it really the right time to lower the heat on Australia’s hot economy?

4 May 22

There is no doubt that inflation is stinging, and the Government and our financial regulators need every available control at their disposal to have any chance of taking pressure off, but is this week’s base interest rate rise the right lever to pull?

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Federal Election 2022: Realistic policies that will really lower emissions 

4 May 22

HVIA has called for the next Government to respond and act in four major policy areas: safety, manufacturing and productivity, skills & jobs, and sustainability: energy security and the environment

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This is no time for personality politics

27 April 22

Next month’s Federal election is being fiercely contested in marginal seats around the country. Though even the most traditionally secure seats cannot be taken for granted. Every vote will make a difference to the outcome.

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You can help unlock access to Australian Standards

20 April 22

Industry groups from across Australia are getting behind a petition to make to Australian Standards more accessible.

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Reversing Technologies Consultation RIS

13 April 22

A consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) examining the case for introducing a new mandatory standard for the installation of reversing technologies to new vehicles has been released.

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Have your say in HVIA’s 2022 Federal Election campaign

6 April 22

The 2022 Federal election presents an unprecedented opportunity for the priorities of the heavy vehicle industry to make front-page news.

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RVS transition period extended

6 April 22

The Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) transitional period has been extended by 12 months until 30 June 2023, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications has advised.

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HVIA-LITE looking at industry EV training needs

6 April 22

In the early stages of the rollout of electric heavy vehicles in Australia, truck manufacturers have been working closely with specific local companies on the fitment of aftermarket bodies, tail lifts and other equipment, however it won’t be a niche market for long.

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HVIA welcomes Budget 2022 skills announcements

30 March 22

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia has commended the Government’s focus on jobs, skills and training in the 2022 Budget announced last night.

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Budget 2022: Temporary reduction in fuel excise

30 March 22

In response to sharp rises in global oil prices, the Government will help reduce the burden of higher fuel prices by halving the excise and excise-equivalent customs duty rate that applies to petrol and diesel for 6 months.

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Budget 2022: Regions

30 March 22

The Budget 2020 includes upgrades to transport infrastructure for our regions in regional communities. It also addresses boosting the Modern Manufacturing Strategy and critical supply chain vulnerabilities.

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Budget 2022: Jobs

30 March 22

The Government is continuing to invest in Australian apprenticeships to ensure businesses have the skilled workforce they need

A regular pipeline of apprentices builds a highly skilled, more productive workforce allowing businesses to prosper.

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Budget 2022: Small business going digital

30 March 22

The Government is introducing a technology investment boost to support digital adoption by small businesses.

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Hydrogen superhighway to link eastern states

25 March 22

Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria have announced a landmark tri-state collaboration on a renewable hydrogen refuelling network for heavy transport and logistics along Australia’s eastern seaboard. 

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Our pathway to electromobility

23 March 22

The HVIA-LITE project driving committee is working to identify and resolve a wide array of issues including standards, legislative and access requirements, workplace and operational safety, repairs and maintenance, technical and emergency support, skills and training, energy supply and more.

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RAV B-Double issue resolved

16 March 22

Last week HVIA Members were advised that a software bug meant the Register of Approved Vehicles (RAV) was not accurately reflecting the B-Double compliance of vehicles. The issue is now resolved.

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Australia-Germany hydrogen innovation project funding initiative 

11 March 22

The first project funding round, from an Australian partnership with Germany, provides industry with an exciting opportunity to work with a country leading the world in renewable hydrogen technologies.

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HVIA welcomes Advanced Emergency Braking ADR’s

9 March 22

HVIA has welcomed two new Australian Design Rules (ADR) mandating Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) on heavy vehicles.

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Blowout in heavy vehicle access permits at crisis point

9 March 22

Hundreds of PBS heavy vehicles are parked up, sitting idle, instead of working to keep Australia moving – all because of behind-the-scenes bureaucratic bungling.

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NTC proposes changes to in service regulations

23 February 22

Have your say on the NTC’s draft amendments for the Australian Light Vehicle Standards Regulation (ALVSR) and the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation (HV(VS)NR).

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New ARENA funding for commercial fleets

21 February 22

The newly expanded $250 million Future Fuels Fund to support support the uptake of low and zero emissions commercial vehicles over the next four years.

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RVSA Industry Webinar #10 presentations

16 February 22

Presentations from the RVSA webinar facilitated by the Department of Infrastructure on Wednesday 2 February 2022 are available for download.

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CEO Report to February State Committees

9 February 22

The start of 2022 has been turbulent for many. It has tested the resolve and agility of our members, who time after time have shown incredible resilience. 

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Industry Investigates Coupling Strength

2 February 22

A new project investigating dynamic loads on couplings has been funded by the Commonwealth Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative to fill a gap in knowledge and provide evidence to update relevant Standards and Rules.

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Truck driving apprenticeship to become a reality

21 December 21

“Certificate III in Driving Operations” will see the transport and logistics industry work with states and territory governments to develop a truck driving apprenticeship for the first time.

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AdBlue supply breakthrough

20 December 21

The Federal Government has announced a deal with Incitec Pivot to manufacture urea in Australia guaranteeing supply for local AdBlue manufacturers and relieving pressure on road transport operators.

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Consumer Guarantees and Supplier Indemnification Provisions under the spotlight

15 December 21

A new discussion paper, discussing the Consumer Guarantees and Supplier Indemnification Provisions under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), specifically looks at proposed changes related to new motor vehicles in response to high volumes of complaints.

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New RVSA guidance videos now available

15 December 21

The Department of Infrastructure has released a video of their webinar covering Low ATM Trailers. Presentation slides are also available.

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The AdBlue ‘crisis’ is more of a wake-up call

9 December 21

The AdBlue ‘crisis’, as it being called, is more of a wake-up call than a catastrophe. If the worse case scenario eventuates – it is true that a substantial part of our road transport fleet could be grounded. However, the Government and industry’s collaborative efforts are already delivering some positive outcomes.

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Truck and trailer width review a long way from resolved

9 December 21

HVIA has welcomed news that proposed amendments to truck and trailer width will be circulated for comment and further explorations into their productivity and cost impact.

The proposed amendments are the result of the Safer Freight Vehicles reforms, a process that was begun by the national Transport Commission in March of this year.

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HVIA State Committee online special recording – Dec 2021

7 December 21

This is a special recording of the December 2021 HVIA State Committee meeting as the live stream experienced technical difficulties.

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Keeping calm on AdBlue

3 December 21

As the security of future AdBlue supply concerns started to emerge,  rather than publicly call for action, HVIA set about trying to manage the issue behind the scenes.

Our fear was that any publicity would incite panic buying and exacerbate industry fears.

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Australia Post welcomes first electric trucks to its delivery fleet

1 December 21

st has welcomed the first of 20 electric trucks to its national delivery fleet, with three Fuso eCanters now delivering parcels to customers in Melbourne ahead of Christmas.

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Advanced Emergency Braking ADR’s for Light Goods Vehicles legislated

10 November 21

Mandating Advanced Emergency Braking (AEB) for light vehicles was identified as a priority in Future Steps of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 (NRSS) as well as a Priority Action of the National Road Safety Action Plan 2018-2020 (NRSAP).

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CEFC hydrogen investment fuels world’s heaviest fuel cell electric trucks

10 November 21

landmark investment by Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation will help develop a local hydrogen economy while driving down emissions in the transport sector.

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HVIA welcomes Government investment in Future Fuels infrastructure

9 November 21

HVIA has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of increased funding for infrastructure to support the rollout of battery and fuel cell electric vehicles.

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Driving down emissions in heavy transport with renewable hydrogen

8 November 21

Heavy vehicles powered by renewable hydrogen will be used in a first-of-a-kind deployment in Townsville, helping to reduce emissions in the transport and mining sectors.

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How the Government’s statement at COP26 affects you

3 November 21

The Australian Government’s 2021 Low Emissions Technology Statement goes some way to addressing the chicken and egg dilemma:

How will there be an adequate demand for the new technology if the energy supply and infrastructure isn’t in place? And who will invest in the infrastructure if there isn’t a market to support it?

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ABN is key to resolving VTA opt-in rejections

3 November 21

Vehicle type approval “opt-in” applications are now being processed more efficiently thanks to the use of applicants’ ABN.

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PBS notice takes a step in the right direction

29 October 21

The heavy vehicle industry has welcomed the NHVR’s announcement of a new gazette notice that reduces reliance on permits for some Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles.

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New PBS access notice provides permit-free travel

27 October 21

A new notice delivered by the NHVR will give eligible Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles immediate network access when they receive a vehicle approval with a Tier 1 bridge assessment.

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RVSA videos, webinars and issues portal

27 October 21

The Department of Infrastructure has created a YouTube channel with videos regarding the RVSA. The first one covers the opt-in process for Vehicle Type Approvals.

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Discussion paper on new Fatigue Rules released

20 October 21

The National Transport Commission has released a discussion paper on proposed changes to the fatigue management rules under the heavy vehicle national law.

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Department urges early VTA opt-ins

13 October 21

While VTA opt-ins are technically available until 31 December, the Department of Infrastructure is urging vehicle manufacturers to get their opt-in submissions in before 1 December to ensure they are processed in time.

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NTC lays out consultation roadmap for HVNL

13 October 21

The National Transport Commission has laid out the road map for the consultation process on the Heavy Vehicle National Law with fatigue management the first cab off the rank.

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Release of Consultation Draft: VSB6 Section J4 – Tipper Bodies

22 September 21

HVIA is facilitating a series of web meetings for members to discuss the draft VSB 6 Section J4 covering Tipper Bodies.

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Electromobility – a new set of skills challenges

22 September 21

Before the roll-out of zero emissions trucks can happen in earnest, there are a range of significant common challenges that will require a coordinated and strategic approach to resolve.

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RVSA FAQ

25 August 21

The Department of Infrastructure is hosting fortnightly webinars with key industry peak body representatives to address queries about the operation of the Road Vehicle Standards legislation now it has been fully implemented.

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Model Reports for Heavy Trailers on the Agenda

18 August 21

Model Reports are a new tool that has been introduced by the Road Vehicles Standards Act to assist in demonstrating compliance with relevant standards.

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ROVER how-to videos other important RVSA and RAV info

4 August 21

The Department of Infrastructure has just released new guidance material for the RVSA including determinations, three ROVER “how to” videos, three new guides and information on assessment times for various transactions.

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From the desk of the Chief Executive – August 2021

4 August 21

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking provides an update ahead of the August round of State Committee meetings, written from lockdown in Brisbane.

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Technical Update Report – August 2021

4 August 21

Updates to VSB6 – Tipper Code to be issued for public comment late August 2021. Section T (Tow Trucks) – Document being finalised to incorporate public comments received by regulator during Q1 2021.

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Workforce Development Report – August 2021

4 August 21

HVIA’s online Learning Management System (LMS) is live with a new comprehensive training package for entrants to the industry, staff in back-of-house or non-technical roles, and stakeholder organisations.

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Government Advocacy Report – August 2021

4 August 21

The RVSA went live on 1 July 2021. This session will focus on providing an overview of the updated guidance material provided by the Department in relation to the RVSA.

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Industry Celebrates as PBS Tyre Changes Given Green Light

2 August 21

Trailer manufacturers, tyre manufacturers and suppliers, heavy vehicle operators and PBS assessors will all win once the decision by the Infrastructure and Transport Ministers Meeting (ITMM) to use generic tyre data in PBS assessments is fully implemented.

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Clarification on vehicle marking requirements for Heavy Trailers under RVSA

28 July 21

HVIA has obtained a quick response from the Department following an anomaly spotted by an HVIA member.

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RVSA in place but work still required

6 July 21

The Road Vehicle Standards Act is now in force and will increasingly play a large role in the activities of many HVIA members.

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ROVER has been let off the leash

1 July 21

The Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) has gone live this week following a much delayed, somewhat controversial development, and serious concerns about its ambitious rollout.

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Updated VTA guide in preparation for RVSA go-live

30 June 21

The Department of infrastructure has updated the Guide to Vehicle Type Approvals in preparation for the RVSA going live tomorrow.

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Axle mass limits key to any changes on vehicle width

23 June 21

HVIA has settled on its position on proposed changes to Australian Design Rules governing vehicle width.

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Get in your CTAs and plan for your VTAs

23 June 21

With the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) going live next week, HVIA’s Greg Forbes urges members to ensure they submit draft Component Type Approval applications by Friday.

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Year in Review 2020/21

21 June 21

The 2020/21 year saw HVIA’s largest membership growth to date, reflecting increased prominence, outcomes and value appreciated by the broader industry.

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Victorian State Committee meeting going online

11 June 21

HVIA’s Victorian State Committee meeting scheduled for next Friday will take place as an online/virtual meeting only.

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HVIA State Committees say ‘yes’ to truck widths and ‘no’ to trailer widths

9 June 21

HVIA State Committees are considering proposed changes to Australian Design Rules (ADR) governing vehicle width.

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Release of ADR Amendment Omnibus

9 June 21

In early 2020, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development indicated that they intended to alter the process by which minor amendments to ADR’s were to be carried out.

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ROVER system outage

9 June 21

Draft CTA applications will be deleted when ROVER is offline from COB 25th June to prepare the system for full Road Vehicle Standards Act commencement on 1 July.

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HVIA State Committee Meetings update

2 June 21

The June round of HVIA state committee meetings kicked off in Brisbane yesterday as a hybrid in-person and on-line meeting.

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Infrastructure & Transport Ministers’ Meeting

2 June 21

Infrastructure & Transport Ministers met on Friday 28 May to endorse the National Road Safety Strategy 2021 -2030, a Heavy Vehicle Road Reform Plan, the National Urban Freight Planning Principles and a roadmap for Automated Vehicle Safety.

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Could changes to ADR’s see an uptake of safer heavy vehicles?

28 April 21

Yesterday the Department of Infrastructure released a discussion paper outlining possible changes to ADRs to enhance the uptake of safety features on heavy vehicles.

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NHVR’s pledge to fix PBS

23 April 21

HVIA’s urgent call to action for the NHVR to fix PBS approval timelines has seen a swift response.

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NHVR response on PBS application processing times

22 April 21

The following communique was issued by NHVR Vehicle Safety & Performance Director Peter Austin on 22 April, responding to HVIA’s earlier plea to solve the PBS approvals crisis.

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RVSA Sessions Issue Summary

21 April 21

Last week HVIA ran two in-person sessions in Melbourne covering Component related and Vehicle related issues and repeated these sessions in online sessions run out of Brisbane on 15 April.

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PBS Delays Hurting Industry

13 April 21

HVIA has today issued an urgent and passionate plea to the National Heavy Vehicle Industry Regulator to solve the Performance Based Standards approvals crisis.

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Responsibilities and exceptions under Queensland Engineers Act

7 April 21

The Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ) recently issued a reminder of the responsibilities of a Corporation under the Queensland Professional Engineers (PE) Act 2002.

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Proposed fees for Engineers Registration Scheme

7 April 21

The Victorian Government has released a proposed set of fees for the Engineers Registration Scheme and an associated RIS which commences on 1 July 2021.

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Time to unveil the future of fuels

31 March 21

The Australian Government has committed to support low emission technologies across the innovation chain, and the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show is the place to see where that is taking us.

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Vulnerable Supply Chains in the spotlight

30 March 21

The Productivity Commission’s interim report on Vulnerable Supply Chains suggests Australia is resilient to disruption through our ability to pivot but seeks confirmation from industry.

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Stronger language required around NRSS incentives

24 March 21

HVIA has called for stronger incentives for newer, safer and more productive vehicles in the National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) and action plan.

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Implementation team lined up to address RVSA

17 March 21

The Department of Infrastructure has released two new guidance documents the Guide to Vehicle Type Approval Opt-in Arrangements and the Guide to Vehicle Type Approvals.

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Looking for answers to supply chain breakdowns

17 March 21

Supply chain resilience and its systemic vulnerability have been badly exposed by the challenges posed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The countdown is on – RVSA Checklists

10 March 21

HVIA has prepared guidance material in preparation for the introduction of the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) on 1 July 2021.

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Government Backs Thousands of New Apprentice and Trainee Jobs

9 March 21

HVIA has welcomed the expansion of the Australian Government’s targeted wage subsidy program for apprentices and trainees, as part of the National Economic Recovery Plan.

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Vehicle Standards Bulletin 1 (VSB1) – light trailers

3 March 21

The VSB1 review includes important clarifications and expanded information on lighting and how to certify and identify imported trailers amongst other items.

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Pieces falling into place for RVSA implementation

3 March 21

HVIA’s review of the latest releases in the Road Vehicles Standards Act (RVSA) shows that the transition is coming together, however there are still critical procedural areas yet to be unveiled.

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Have you checked the boxes for the RVSA implementation?

24 February 21

The Road Vehicle Standards Act goes live in 4 months; manufacturers of vehicles and suppliers of parts need to make sure they are prepared.

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Draft National Road Safety Strategy 2021-30 released for consultation

24 February 21

HVIA welcomes the release of the Draft National Road Safety Strategy for comment.

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Full advocacy strategies on the table at HVIA State Committee meetings

17 February 21

Agendas for 2021’s first round of HVIA State Committee meetings are now available with a broad range of issues and information on the table.

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NHVR says use Suzi on the semi but rubber on Dollys, Dogs or Pigs

11 February 21

The NHVR has issued a Safety Bulletin on the use of coiled air hoses (“Suzi” coils). The issuing of the safety bulletin has been prompted by several incidents where trailers have disconnected, and the air hoses have remained attached.

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Updates to Vehicle Standards Guide 2

10 February 21

The NHVR has updated Vehicle Standards Guide 2 to outline some changes to the Heavy Vehicle National Law and Regulations that will come into effect from 22 February.

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The Government’s new Future Fuels Strategy should be more courageous

10 February 21

The Government released a discussion paper of its Future Fuels Strategy. Feedback on the discussion paper will be used to shape the final strategy.

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PBS standard for Directional Stability Under Braking

3 February 21

The NHVR has released a discussion paper on the transition arrangements for implementing the new deemed to comply provisions for the PBS standard related to Directional Stability Under Braking.

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Transitioning PBS to the NHVR Portal

3 February 21

The NHVR are moving all regulator services and functions into a common platform – providing one location for regulator service delivery.

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Two new NHVR Vehicle Standards Guides

27 January 21

The NHVR has published Vehicle Standards Guides covering vehicle mounted lifting systems and rear coupling on road trains.

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Infrastructure updates on ROVER and RVSA

27 January 21

The Department of Infrastructure has added functionality to the Component Type Approval sections of the Road Vehicle Regulation (ROVER) system to allow users to vary, suspend or revoke their approvals.

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Draft revisions of Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual

20 January 21

The NHVR has published a draft of proposed updates to the Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (HVIM).

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VSB 6 Section T – Tow Trucks

20 January 21

HVIA is consulting with members on the review of Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6 (VSB6) section relating to the design and construction of tow trucks.

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Have you got your RVSA implementation plan ready?

20 January 21

All heavy vehicle manufacturers need a plan for the Road Vehicle Standards Act implementation.

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Automotive vehicle trials report

7 January 21

The NTC HAS released a research report into lessons learned from on-road trials of automated vehicles in Australia.

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Increase to heavy vehicle charges

7 January 21

The Transport and Infrastructure Council (TIC) has agreed to a proposal to increase Heavy Vehicle Charges by 2.5% in 2021-22.

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RVSA implementation – Interim arrangements for RAWs and SEVS

7 January 21

The Department of Infrastructure has written to industry associations regarding transition arrangements for the Registered Automotive Workshops (RAWs) scheme and the Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles Scheme (SEVS).

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ROVER release 3.0

6 January 21

The Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) implementation team has been busy over the past few weeks preparing to deploy ROVER 3.0 to production.

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Open for comment – HVIM and Tow trucks (VSB6)

16 December 20

Draft documents regarding VSB6 – Section T covering Tow trucks and proposed reviews to the Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual are currently ioen for comment.

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Dear Santa: HVIA wishlist for 2021

16 December 20

“2020 has been a tough year and we hope the heavy vehicle industry is on your ‘nice’ list, Santa.” When we were needed the most, the Australian heavy vehicle industry embraced the challenges and kept freight moving safely and reliably. As a reward, we have penned a list that we hope Santa will consider.

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Road Vehicle Standards Act Draft Determinations

15 December 20

The Department of Infrastructure has released a series of draft determinations on issues relevant to the Road Vehicle Standards Act implementation.

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HVIA State Committee report

2 December 20

After a forced hiatus during much of 2020, HVIA’s State Committee meetings were held in Brisbane and Perth over the last week. If you missed those there is still an online meeting Thursday 3rd December.

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HVIA to outline solutions for HVNL rewrite for State Committees

25 November 20

Attendees of HVIA’s State Committee meetings will have the opportunity to inform HVIA’s submission to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) Review with the meetings kicking off in Brisbane tomorrow.

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Government commences work on AVV scheme

18 November 20

The Department of Infrastructure has commenced working through the details of the proposed Authorised Vehicle Verifier (AVV) Scheme.

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HVIA’s State Committees are back!

11 November 20

HVIA’s State Committee meetings are ready to make a long-awaited comeback with in-person attendance for Brisbane and Perth and an online meeting catering to other members.

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Time to get serious about the RVSA implementation

11 November 20

HVIA has urged members to sort out their plans for the implementation of the Road Vehicle Standards Act.

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Coupling Working Group

4 November 20

Looking at proposals submitted to Standards Australia (SA) to review Australian Standards including: AS 2213.1 Commercial road vehicles ; AS/NZS 4968.1 Heavy road vehicles; AS NZS 4968.2 Heavy road vehicles; AS NZS 4968.3 Heavy road vehicles

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HVNL review: consultation period extended

29 October 20

The closing date for submissions to the HVNL review consultation regulation impact statement (RIS) has been extended until Friday 20 November 2020.

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Euro VI emissions systems now on the agenda

28 October 20

The Department of Infrastructure has just released consultation papers on Vehicle Emissions which looks at the introduction of Euro VI emissions systems.

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Component Type Approvals – ROVER feedback

21 October 20

The Department of Infrastructure has applied the latest update to its ROVER application including addressing a number of issues related to Component Type Approvals.

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Budget 2020-21: A business led recovery

7 October 20

2020 has been marred by an unprecedented global health pandemic but last night the economic realisation of this health crisis hit home. The global economic contraction in 2020 is 45 times worse than the 2009 Global Financial Crisis.

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Work still to be done: National Transport Regulatory Reform

2 October 20

Heavy vehicle road reform is still a work in progress and the commitment to reform needs to continue according to the Productivity Commission’s report into National Transport Regulatory Reform published last week.

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Feds announce $290 million for bridges and heavy vehicle safety

30 September 20

More than 350 projects will share in more than $290 million in Australian Government funding under Round 5 of the Bridges Renewal Program (BRP) and Round 7 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP).

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Have your say on HVNL changes impact

30 September 20

It is not too late to have input into HVIA’s response to the current review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

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Questions over ROVER readiness to administer new certification scheme

23 September 20

Work continues on the implementation of the ROVER IT system which will replace the current certification application system, RVCS for vehicle and component certification.

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Heavy vehicle industry welcomes Government commitment to future fuels

21 September 20

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) has praised the Australian Government’s funding commitment for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced on Friday.

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Victoria’s (still) flawed Professional Engineers Registration Scheme

16 September 20

The Victorian Government has backtracked on a commitment that the heavy vehicle industry engineers would not be bound by the Victorian Engineers Registration Bill.

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HVIA’s new tyre working group kicks off

16 September 20

Last Thursday, HVIA held the lick off meeting for the Tyre working group. Just over 25 members participated in the webinar to discuss the background and scope of what the group intends to achieve.

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BP Energy Outlook trumped by inspired vision

16 September 20

BP’s annual Energy Outlook has played poor cousin to BP’s announcement of a new and rapid commitment to a clean energy future.

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PM’s Pledge for Affordable Electricity Supply

15 September 20

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Government will back a new gas power plant in the Hunter Valley if the energy sector doesn’t replace Liddell power station’s capacity before it closes down in 2023.

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COR prosecution sounds warning to operators

26 August 20

The successful Chain of Responsibility prosecution of a Queensland company for fatigue related breaches sounds a warning to transport operators to take their data management responsibilities seriously.

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Safety Devices to be exempted from dimension rules

19 August 20

Proposed amendments to Heavy Vehicle Standards governing dimension rules will impact HVIA members.

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HVIA appeals for funding to modernise heavy vehicle manufacturing

11 August 20

HVIA has called for a further round of the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund to support heavy vehicle manufacturers in retooling, re-engineering, and innovation to future-proof local manufacturing and assist Australia’s post pandemic economic recovery.

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Component Type Approvals changes are a win for industry

8 July 20

After almost 12 month of negotiations lead by HVIA, the Department of Infrastructure recently revised its approach to Component Type Approvals. At an industry consultation meeting on Monday afternoon HVIA and key industry stakeholders praised the Department for responding
positively to industry concerns.

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NHVR launches heavy vehicle technology blueprint

30 June 20

HVIA is excited to work with the Federal Government, NHVR and all stakeholders to improve the uptake of safety technology in Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet through the NHVR’s new SETUP plan.

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HVNL reset is a rare chance to iron out legacy issues

29 June 20

HVIA says the HVNL legislation review is a very rare opportunity to iron out legacy issues, making it less prescriptive and more outcome focused to harness to industry’s innovation.

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HVNL Review RIS

25 June 20

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has just released the consultation regulatory impact statement (RIS) for the Review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

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Infrastructure releases new position paper on Component Type Approvals

24 June 20

The Department of Infrastructure has just released a position paper on Component Type Approval — Test Reports not completed by an RVS Approved Testing Facility’ and a revised guide to component type approvals.

The paper outlines the circumstances under which the Department will accept a declaration from a component supplier along with testing results from …

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Reflections: Here’s to the year ahead

24 June 20

It is at times like these that we need to band together and be there for each other.

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking has written to Members reflecting on 2019-20 and outlining HVIA’s year ahead.

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Year in Review 2019/20

23 June 20

The 2019/20 year has certainly presented circumstances and a business environment that no one could have predicted, nor would have wished for. That didn’t stop HVIA and its members from rising to the challenges.

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10,000 PBS vehicles is only the beginning

17 June 20

Australia’s benchmark setting Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme has celebrated its 10,000th vehicle approval recently. HVIA says it is only the beginning of the quest for a safer more productive fleet.

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New timeline for RVSA changes

10 June 20

The Department of Infrastructure has just updated its RVS legislation implementation webpage, which includes a new section on our stakeholder commitment and a link to a revised RVS Legislation Program Roadmap calendar.

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Consultation on Heavy Vehicle Road Reform

10 June 20

The Department of Infrastructure has published a Consultation Paper and other supporting materials looking at four proposed changes being examined as part of the ongoing Heavy Vehicle Road Reform (HVRR) Program.

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Industry appeals save the crippling cost for rear marking plates retro-fit

27 May 20

The impending requirement to replace current rear marker plates to meet a new Australian Standard could cost road transport operators well over $40 million according to Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA).

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Heavy Vehicle Statutory Write-off criteria

13 May 20

Austroads has approved guidelines for assessing damage on heavy vehicles to decide if they should be declared a statutory write off.

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Guidelines for trials of automated vehicles in Australia

12 May 20

The National Transport Commission (NTC) is in the process of reviewing the guidelines for automated vehicle trials that were initially released in 2017.

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Testing facility applications now open

6 May 20

The Department of Infrastructure has announced that organisations wishing to register as a testing facility under the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) should be able to submit applications from Wednesday 6 May 2020.

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Roller Brake Tester calibration pressure eased

22 April 20

HVIA has praised the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) for granting a temporary relaxation of calibration requirements for roller-brake testing (RBT) equipment.

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Component Type Approvals papers released

22 April 20

The Department of Infrastructure has released two documents explaining how Component Type Approvals will be managed under the new Road Vehicle Standards Act which will come into force next year.

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Revised Dangerous Goods Tanker Standard released

15 April 20

Standards Australia released the long awaited revision to two important standards that are of interest to numerous HVIA members.

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Next round of RVSA consultation commencing soon

14 April 20

The Department of Infrastructure has announced that it will be releasing some additional Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) guidance material for review within approximately the next week.

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Updated working arrangements for the NHVR PBS team

25 March 20

In response to the current COVID-19 situation affecting the country, the NHVR PBS team will be transitioning to a work from home model starting Monday 30 March 2020.

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HVIA State Committee meetings postponed

17 March 20

HVIA is postponing all State Committee Meetings currently scheduled for April and June.

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ADR 38/05 – Trailer Brake Certification – Evidence Submission Deadline

10 March 20

We would like to remind all brake kit suppliers, trailer manufactures and certifiers of upcoming deadlines regarding ADR 38/05 Trailer Brake certification.

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HVIA budget submission calls for bonus investment allowance

26 February 20

HVIA has asked the Treasurer for a bonus investment allowance to be included in the forthcoming budget to incentivise capital investment on heavy vehicle factory equipment and for operators purchasing trucks and trailers.

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PBS tyre report recommendations on the table

29 January 20

A review of tyre management practice in the Australian PBS system recommends a system based around the use of standard tyre characteristics for all PBS assessments.

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Sea Electric powering Ikea’s last mile ambitions

11 December 19

All Purpose Transport have launched Queensland’s first electric truck, ready to help Ikea cope with its Christmas and New Year rush.
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads the Hon Mark Bailey MP praised the collaborative leadership in innovative clean energy technology.

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IPA certifications back on track as brake deadline looms

30 October 19

A refreshing dose of Government/industry cooperation has seen the roll over to ADR 38/05 back on track in the face of encroaching deadlines.

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Type Approvals portal – user consultation

4 September 19

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development (DIT) are developing a new IT system (ROVER) to support applications made under the Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) legislation.

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The future is unfolding – right under your feet

31 July 19

Advances in electric trucks were a major highlight of the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show. Not only were there a range of fully electric and hybrid trucks on display, one of the most exciting developments came from key component suppliers. This new short video that highlights that story.

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New leadership sets new engagement strategy

6 March 19

HVIA’s new President, John Drake has wasted no time in implementing the Board’s vision by announcing new State Committees in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales to commence later this month.

Mr Drake says he is a firm believer in collaboration.

“I know – like my company – our members have strong views on topics …

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Is your evidence good enough?

6 March 19

Members who holds an approval under the the Motor Vehicle Standards Act for Vehicle, a Component (CRN) or a Sub Assembly (SARN) should undertake an audit of the evidence used to obtain the approval.

HVIA’s Greg Forbes says that changes set for implementation in the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) from December this year will …

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The Road Vehicle Standards Act is coming

28 November 18

HVIA National Manager Policy and Government Relations Greg Forbes says that the new Road Vehicle Standards Act legislation is in its final stages in Parliament and is expected to take  effect from late 2019 and be fully in place by late 2020.

In particular, truck manufacturers, trailer manufacturers and component suppliers need to understand the implications …

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Interested in finding out more? Please contact HVIA’s National Manager Policy and Government Relations: Greg Forbes or Chief Technical Officer Paul Caus.

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