Context

Over the past 18 months we have 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.

We are moving into the next phase of the review where we are testing a realistic set of policy options. The final set of policy options will be shaped by having your say over the coming months.

Consultation RIS

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:

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.

While formal submissions on the future HVNL should respond to the Consultation RIS, we encourage you to refer to HVNL 2.0 in articulating your submission – if you think it is helpful to do so.

Have your say on policy options for a future HVNL

The best way to shape the future HVNL is to get involved and have your say. We are seeking feedback on the policy options presented in the RIS over the next several months. Your views will help us finalise policy options for ministers’ decision in the first half of 2021.

You can upload a formal submission via the NTC website or provide informal feedback on this website.

We are taking a flexible approach to consultation plans and will host a range of engagement sessions over the coming months. We will also be adding polls and short surveys to this website over the coming months, so keep an eye on this website and Twitter. Sign up to receive updates by clicking ‘Log In/Join’ at the top of this page.