Changes to NHVAS by the NHVR

In 2013, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) took over control of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) and has introduced a number of changes, as of July 1, 2013. There will also be some increases in accreditation fees in selected states.

The amendments have been introduced to try and improve turnaround times for applications to the NHVAS. They include increased consistency in form headings and fields, as well as improved comments that clearly state the kind of information needed on the form, plus the inclusion of an 'operator's declaration'. Third third parties will now be able to complete applications on behalf of of an operator (except in NSW).

The NHVR has also introduced a step-by-step guide to submitting an NHVAS application, available for download from their website. There is also a fact sheet outlining the inspection requirements to enter the maintenance scheme for each jurisdiction and South Australian operators can now pay the application fees online.

As of 1 July 2013, new fees have been introduced for New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria as part of an annual review of state fees and charges.

The NHVR is also pointing out that the management of the fee schedule forthe  NHVAS is not its responsibility, but still controlled by the states. However, it currently manages the NHVAS services on behalf of states and territories. The new fee structure is available online as well.

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