Most Australian states and territories operate under a uniform national law in relation to truck and heavy vehicle issues. This law is known as the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and it is overseen by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.
The HVNL prescribes uniform rules with respect to:
- vehicle standards and safety;
- driver fatigue;
- mass, loading and dimension limits and exemptions;
- heavy vehicle speeding;
- Performance Based Standards (PBS);
- Intelligent Access Program (IAP);
- accreditation programs, such as the Advances Fatigue Management (AFM) and Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) schemes;
- enforcement and investigation powers; and
- prescribes penalties for offences under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (such as fatigue, mass, loading or dimension breaches).
If you are the owner or driver of a heavy vehicle and require legal advice or representation in relation to a possible breach of the HVNL
Our experienced NHVL solicitors can provide you with advice and legal representation in relation to:
- Compliance and Enforcement under the Road Traffic Act SA and Heavy Vehicle National Law (SA) and associated laws;
- Mass and dimension breaches;
- Load restraint breaches;
- Fatigue management breaches;
- Diary/log book breaches;
- Permit breaches;
- Chain of responsibility;
- Australian Road Rules; and
- Guilty pleas and trials.