The primary purpose of the HVNL is to ensure a safe and efficient heavy vehicle journey. This is made up of: a safe driver, a safe vehicle and a suitable route.

This issues paper covers the role of enforcement to encourage compliance and the use of technology and data to support these activities.

Effective enforcement

Compliance, enforcement, data and technology should play a critical role in achieving the primary goal of the law.

Compliance is about meeting standards and following rules in the law. Compliance with the HVNL is essential for it to achieve its objects, such as promoting public safety, managing environmental, infrastructure and amenity impacts, and promoting productivity and efficiency. There are specific compliance responsibilities for the primary duty, vehicle operations and fatigue.

A range of tools can be used to drive compliance and effective enforcement is key. Effective enforcement targets the root causes of non‑compliance with a proportional response.

When used effectively, data generated from technology can support compliance and enforcement outcomes. There are several forms of technology, however, only the Intelligent Access Program and Electronic Work Diary are regulated under the HVNL.

Effective enforcement

What we heard

Government, regulators, drivers, operators, industry bodies, and members of the public have provided detailed and constructive submissions. Read what we heard on building blocks for effective enforcement.