Over an 18 month period, we worked with jurisdictions, industry and others to identify the most significant problems with the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL). A summary of what we heard can be found in the Summary of consultation outcomes.
In June 2020, we released a consultation regulation impact statement (RIS) to test a realistic set of policy options. Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback on the policy options.
The feedback period closed on 20 November 2020. Now, we are reviewing submissions in order to finalise policy options to present to ministers in May 2021.
The Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) includes over 40 reform options to improve the HVNL. This set of workable policy solutions are the result of hundreds of submissions on this website and close collaboration with government and industry representatives, the police, the regulator and many others.
The reform options in the RIS cover:
- duties (chapter 4)
- regulatory tools (chapter 5)
- technology and data (chapter 6)
- assurance (chapter 7)
- fatigue (chapter 8)
- access (chapter 9)
- vehicles (chapter 10), and
- roadworthiness (chapter 11).
The structure of each chapter in the RIS includes a description of the problem, an explanation of possible options to address the problem, an assessment of the costs and benefits of the option and a list of questions for consideration.
HVNL 2.0 – a better law scenario
We recognise that the RIS is a large and complex document, so we have also developed a complementary document, HVNL 2.0, to support the RIS.
HVNL 2.0 is designed to be read alongside the RIS as a short-form description of one possible scenario for the future law. This scenario is not a set of preferred options – it’s just one example of how options in the RIS can work together as a system. Of course, we can’t describe every possible system combination in full; there are many ways to bring together a new law.
HVNL 2.0 is a relatively quick way to understand what a future HVNL might look like, while the RIS is designed to tell a fuller story.