GPSA update for members: Heavy Vehicle Inspection Scheme

Jan 15, 2018

In December 2017 the State Government announced the Heavy Vehicle Inspection Scheme (HVIS) is to be expanded to align with a nationally consistent approach.

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) has initiated a procurement process for the provision of state-wide HVIS requirements that GPSA understands will be concluded in June 2018 with inspections expected to start transitioning later in 2018. The transition to stage two will take time to reach full implementation to allow for varying factors including registration patterns and readiness of industry to deliver the scheme.

GPSA members who own vehicles with restricted primary producer registration are exempt from stage two of the HVIS and inspection is not required at this stage due to the restricted conditions of vehicle use.

However, this does not mean compliance with regulatory requirements can be ignored. It does support the ongoing acknowledgement that primary producers acting responsibly can reduce the likelihood of accidents and requires continued management of the relevant risks that may cause a restricted use vehicle to become unroadworthy.

Members operating heavy vehicles in compliance with the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS - Maintenance Management standards) are also exempt from stage two scheme requirements, however inspection for roadworthiness is still required when entering into the NHVAS.

All other registered heavy vehicles and trailers with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) or aggregate trailer mass (ATM) over 4.5 tonnes will require regular inspection in South Australia. The proposed periods are at four, six and eight years after manufacture, then every year from 10 years of age.

Of concern for members with heavy vehicles captured by the HVIS is the benchmark 90 minutes travel for rural or regional locations and then who will conduct the inspections, DPTI are aware of these concerns and are confident that procurement responses will offer solutions to address these concerns. GPSA believes a risk-based and reward approach is necessary to ensure additional kilometres travelled for inspections or repairs does not pose serious safety risks to members and other road users.

GPSA expects to receive more information from DPTI about the HVIS when the service procurement process is over and when DPTI intend to visit the regions to roll out service.

For more information, please contact GPSA policy officer Shane Gale on 0439 409 751 or

Click the DPTI image above for information on which vehicles will and will not require inspection.

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