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From 1 July heavy vehicle operators may see a new type of defect notice being used by enforcement officers to manage vehicle roadworthiness.

New type of heavy vehicle defect notice to improve efficiency by reducing compliance burden

30 June 2017

From 1 July heavy vehicle operators may see a new type of defect notice being used by enforcement officers to manage vehicle roadworthiness.

Under the change, operators may be issued with a self-clearing defect notice if the vehicle number plate is illegible or if the vehicle’s road use does not pose a safety risk.

Chief Executive of the National Transport Commission (NTC) Paul Retter said the improved compliance measure will allow operators to fix certain defects without needing the notice cleared by inspection.

“These notices will introduce more efficiency into the system and allow authorised officers to regulate roadworthiness more effectively,” Mr Retter said.

The change was one of the NTC’s recommendations from the 2015 Review of Heavy Vehicle Roadworthiness which focussed on creating a more effective national roadworthiness regime.

A self-clearing defect notice is in addition to the current minor and major defect notices that may be issued by enforcement officers. Operators must take action to fix the defect as soon as practicable within 28 days. If the same defect escalates into one that poses a safety risk, enforcement officers have the discretion to issue a minor or major defect notice depending on the level of safety risk it poses.

Last Updated: 4/7/2017