HVIA Attends First Vehicle Standards Committee Meeting

HVIA technical lead in Canberra to discuss vehicle standards with Department of Infrastructure

Last week, HVIA Chief Technical Officer Adam Ritzinger met with Federal Department of Infrastructure staff in Canberra to discuss vehicle standards topics, covering safety and environmental standards for heavy vehicles.

The meeting was the first of the newly-formed Vehicle Standards Consultative Committee (VSCC), which combines and replaces two separate industry groups, the Technical Liaison Group (TLG) and the Strategic Vehicle Safety and Environment Group (SVSEG).

The committee’s members include Department of Infrastructure staff, vehicle standards and policy staff from each of Australia’s state road authorities, the NHVR, and representatives from many heavy and light vehicle industry associations.

As part of the committee, Adam will represent the interests of all HVIA members in VSCC meetings, which will be held twice-yearly henceforth, one at the Department’s offices in Canberra, and the other at one of the state road authority headquarters.

The first meeting covered various passive and general safety standards, lighting, emissions, connected and autonomous vehicles, noise and tyres, and vehicle markings.

There were a range of technical items that will be of interest to specific HVIA members, which Adam will seek feedback on over the coming weeks and months, and present at the upcoming series of HVIA State Committee meetings in late October.

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