The future HVNL should recognise technology and data that can deliver safety and efficiency benefits.
It should provide for safe data sharing where it is valuable to do so, not just sharing data because it exists. Technology options must consider emerging heavy vehicle road reform directions, to minimise the costs and complexity for operators.
The future law should enable data to
drive risk-based regulation and inform
governments on matters such as road
investment decisions while protecting
drivers’ and operators’ rights.
Chapter 6 of the RIS explains the options to allow technology and data to be used to deliver safety and efficiency benefits.
Summary of problems and options
Technology and data framework
The HVNL contains a great deal of detail on specific areas where technology can be used to
demonstrate compliance. However, there is no overarching framework or clear, general process to
enable new technology to be used to aid compliance (for example, on-board mass devices and fatigue
and driver distraction monitoring devices). Similarly, the HVNL does not recognise commercial systems
already being used by industry for safety, compliance and efficiency purposes.
Moving away from paper
A missed opportunity is that the HVNL requires the carriage of paper documents in the vehicle. This
imposes a regulatory burden on heavy vehicle operators and drivers who must print, store, carry and
produce paper documentation. However, many vehicles already have sophisticated systems that would
allow for this information to be produced electronically at the roadside
6.2b: Documentation must be produced in a specified period - read in RIS.