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National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Important changes to access permit application process    

The Class 1 Oversize and Overmass (OSOM) road access permits transferred to the NHVR on 16 December 2019.

The NHVR implemented a staged approach for the return of Class 1 heavy vehicle delegations in Queensland (QLD). The Agricultural delegations returned in August 2019 and the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) delegations in November 2019.

The final phase of the return is the OSOM vehicles and permit functions returned from 16 December 2019. 

From this date forward, all Queensland permit applications and consent requests will be processed and completed utilising the NHVR Portal.

Current heavy vehicle permits issued by TMR will remain valid until the permit's expiry date, or for 3 years (whichever comes first), unless the permit is otherwise amended by the NHVR. 

For more information, please visit the Delegations Project page of the NHVR website.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is Australia’s first national, independent regulator for all heavy vehicles over 4.5 tonnes. The aim of the NHVR is to improve safety and productivity in the heavy vehicle transport industry, minimise the compliance burden and reduce duplication and inconsistencies across state and territory borders.

On 21 January 2013, the NHVR started operations providing National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) and Performance Based Standards (PBS) services. On 10 February 2014, the Heavy Vehicle National law (HVNL) commenced in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania.

From 10 February 2014 the NHVR became responsible for administering all regulatory services under the HVNL, including:

  • heavy vehicle access permit applications
  • heavy vehicle standards modifications and exemption permits
  • fatigue management, including a national driver work diary
  • compliance and enforcement of the HVNL (through existing transport inspectors and police services).

The department will continue to be responsible for some aspects of heavy vehicle regulation, such as:

  • accreditation of vehicle inspection stations and approval of vehicle examiners
  • vehicle registration
  • driver licensing
  • dangerous goods regulation
  • road rules.

For more information about the NHVR and how it will affect you, read the frequently asked questions or the NHVR website.

Last updated
18 September 2020