Department Release Guide ‘Safer Vehicles’ Package

Implementation of the Federal Government’s historic decision to increase the overall width of new trucks is moving apace, with fresh guidance materials published this week

The Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications, and the Arts this week published updated guidance materials to reflect the ‘Safer Vehicles’ package unveiled recently.

Announced on September 28, the package increases the overall width limit from 2.50 to 2.55 metres for new trucks that are fitted with several safety features.

Following last week’s release of new and revised Australian Design Rules necessary to support the landmark change, the Department has issued a guide that provides details of the new and amended ADR’s and the vehicles they apply to.

It also explains how to apply for a vehicle type approval or vary an existing vehicle type approval for NB2 and NC category vehicles that meet the national road vehicle standards required for Safer Freight Vehicles; and adds a Safer Freight Vehicle to the Register of Approved Vehicles.

The Department advises it will also be publishing updated versions of the Guide to the RAV for vehicle type approval holders and RAV submission template in the near future to reflect changes.

Once these are all available, it will send an email to all vehicle type approval holders with links to these resources. It also plans to cover off the changes at the next RVSA Industry Webinar.

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