Updates to Vehicle Standards Guide 2

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.

In summary these are:

  • Certain types of indirect vision devices and blind spot monitoring systems will be excluded from vehicle width and length measurements.
  • Prohibition of the fitting of cleats or other gripping devices to heavy vehicle tyres. This requirement aligns with current long standing prohibition on passenger vehicles. Note that this does not cover M (mud), S (snow) or alpine marked tyres. Also, snow chains may continue to be fitted in accordance with local requirements.   
  • Classes of retroreflective materials – the HVNL and HVNR have been updated to reference the new Classes of reflective material, to match changes outlined in VSG 11. Note that as per previous advice from the NHVR, the changes to rear marking plate requirement will not be retrospective.

For further details the Vehicle Standards Guide 2 may be accessed here.

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