NHVR bid to cut red tape on minor defect notices
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has introduced a new self-clearing defect notice for heavy vehicle defects that do not pose a safety risk. The new category of defect notice has been available from July 1 as part of changes to the Heavy Vehicle National
Law (HVNL). “This category will allow minor non-safety related defects to be rectied by the operator, including where a vehicle’s number plate is obscured or illegible,” NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says. “A self- clearing defect notice means the operator does not have to present the vehicle to an approved person to clear the notice. I believe this new defect notice will improve roadside compliance and reduce the compliance burden for industry.”
Examples of defects which may result in the issuing of a self- clearing defect notice include a cracked light lens, obscured number plate or a failed brake light where all others are working.
Failing to rectify the defects listed in a self- clearing defect notice within 28 days can result in nes of up to $3000. Visit the NHVR website for further details.