The future HVNL should recognise the diversity of heavy vehicle operations and heavy vehicle operators.

It needs to provide simplicity and certainty for those who want it and open the door to other operators who wish to use alternative and innovative ways to better manage risks. The future HVNL should encourage operators to create and use safety management systems, and raise confidence in their ability to operate safely.

Summary of problems and options

Improving the regulator’s awareness of regulated parties


The NHVR faces several constraints in its ability to build risk profiles of regulated parties. One constraint is that it has limited awareness of who it is regulating. This is because barriers to entry into the transport industry are low and under current arrangements there are no mechanisms to record who is operating as a heavy vehicle operator.


7.1: Operator enrolment or licensing - read in RIS and HVNL 2.0.

- 7.1a Voluntary enrolment

- 7.1b Mandatory enrolment (for some operators)

- 7.1c Operator licensing (all operators)

- 7.1d Operator licensing (higher risk operators only)

Enhancing the effectiveness of the assurance framework for operators and reducing duplication


There is both anecdotal and quantitative evidence that accreditation improves an operator’s risk management. Thus, all things being equal, a higher level of industry accreditation would lead to improvements in risk management and therefore safety outcomes. However, it has been estimated that over 80 per cent of operators are not enrolled in any accreditation scheme.


7.2: Remove the regulatory assurance framework and rely on performance standards - read in RIS

7.3: Enhanced opt-in single regulatory certification scheme - read in RIS and HVNL 2.0

7.4: Enable multiple regulatory certification schemes - read in RIS