Context

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

Options for effective enforcement under a future HVNL

The NTC wants to hear your views on how we can:

  • better align the objects of the law to compliance
  • deliver a future law that is easier to comply with
  • make enforcement more efficient and effective, underpinned by better information.

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Enforcement efforts could be targeted to be more efficient and effective by making better use of data.
The law should provide more practical options for regulated parties to challenge enforcement decisions
Regulators should be able to access information derived from in-vehicle telematics to help focus enforcement efforts
Road managers should be able to access information derived from in-vehicle telematics to inform management of their assets
Operators should benefit from sharing data with authorities, such as having more flexible compliance options.