Overview

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

Problem:

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.

Option:

6.1: Establish an overarching technology and data certifier under the HVNL - read in RIS and HVNL 2.0.

Moving away from paper

Problem:

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

Options:

6.2a: Ability to carry and produce electronic documentation - read in RIS and HVNL 2.0.

6.2b: Documentation must be produced in a specified period - read in RIS.

Have your say

Quick Poll

The HVNL requires heavy vehicle operators and drivers to carry paper documentation. A future HVNL may provide flexibility by allowing operators and drivers the option to carry electronic versions instead. Would you use electronic documentation if given t

Quick Poll

The HVNL contains a great deal of detail on specific areas where technology can be used to demonstrate compliance. However, the HVNL does not recognise commercial systems already being used by industry for safety, compliance and efficiency purposes. Shoul