Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6 (VSB6) Review

Current status

Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6 is the national code of practice for heavy vehicle modification and is published by the NHVR.

HVIA is currently working with the NHVR on updates to VSB6.


In 2018 the NHVR recognised that the sections of VSB6 relating to tippers needed amendment and  asked HVIA for assistance.

HVIA established a working group of members with experience in building tipper bodies and has proceeded with the drafting of the relevant sections of VSB6


In 2017 the NHVR conducted a major review of VSB6 which resulted in Version 3 being brought into effect on 1 September 2017. This review included

In parallel with the review the NHVR established an industry working group to oversea ongoing modifications to VSB 6. HVIA represents the Heavy Vehicle Industry on that committee.

In 2018 the NHVR decided that the sections of the code related to the fitment of tipper bodies needed to be amended and requested HVIA draft a new section of the code on behalf of the NHVR. HVIA invited members with experience in fitting these bodies to join a working group to assist in the drafting of the new code. The group identified a series of areas where the code needed amendment including:

In conjunction with its members HVIA has drafted the new code in three sections covering:

These three sections are currently being reviewed by HVIA members. HVIA expects to complete the draft code by August 2019 and will provide the draft code to the NHVR. The code will then be it will be subject to internal review by the NHVR and a public consultation process.

Please Contact HVIA’s Chief Technical Officer, Paul Caus 0437901669 for further information.

Latest news on VSB6

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.


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.


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.,


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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