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The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) regulates heavy vehicles over 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass in participating states and territories

Heavy Vehicle National Law

The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) is the one rule book for heavy vehicles over 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass.

Taking a consistent approach to managing heavy vehicles, the HVNL is currently in force in Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Tasmania, and South Australia.

The HVNL is underpinned by four regulations:

  • Heavy Vehicle (General) National Regulation
  • Heavy Vehicle (Fatigue Management) National Regulation
  • Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation
  • Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation

The NTC reviews the Heavy Vehicle National Law annually.


Led by the NTC, the HVNL is the result of a collaborative process involving industry and government to develop a nationally consistent approach to heavy vehicle legislation and regulation based on the model laws.

In November 2011, transport ministers approved the initial HVNL to establish the NHVR.

On 23 August 2012, the HVNL Act 2012 was passed by the Queensland Parliament, as host jurisdiction. Key provisions were proclaimed on 15 October 2012, which established the NHVR.

The HVNL and its regulations commenced on 10 February 2014.

The HVNL as passed by the Queensland Parliament is the template for implementation by the other participating states and territories in their parliaments. 

For the current laws and regulations, please visit the Queensland Legislation website.

Last Updated: 15/11/2018