SA taking next inspection regime step


Change of ownership shortfalls highlighted as a focus

SA taking next inspection regime step
South Australia continues to moving ahead with its new inspection scheme

 

South Australia is going ahead with the second stage of its new heavy vehicle inspection scheme (HVIS).

The state Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure says the first stage of the HVIS identified "significant issues" with heavy vehicles roadworthiness in South Australia, with 62 per cent of vehicles failed the initial change of ownership inspection.

"Stage Two will continue to include the inspection of heavy trailers and vehicles with a gross vehicle mass or aggregate trailer mass of over 4.5 tonnes, extending on change of ownership requirements to include inspection requirements for vehicles aged four, six and eight years and annually after 10 years of manufacture," the department says.

"Vehicles already registered under the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme, Restricted Primary Producers or transport club and certain SPV vehicles will be exempt from stage two periodic requirements at this time."

Stage Two is expected to be rolled out in the second half of 2018 to provide a transitionary period to allow for varying factors including registration patterns and the readiness of industry to deliver the scheme.

A pilot scheme was introduced in January 2017 requiring vehicles more than three years old, and registered in South Australia, to undergo an inspection at change of ownership.

With the nation’s ageing fleet a hot topic presently, it is worth noting the department’s take on that aspect.

"Many variables may contribute to vehicle non-compliance including kilometres travelled, location, how the vehicle is stowed, intended vs actual use, and maintenance practices over time," it states in a ‘frequently asked questions’ section.

"Age is a common predictor of high non-compliance.

"This predictor is evidenced and supported across many data set comparisons including national Surveys conducted across all jurisdictions by the NHVR."

More details on the second stage can be found here.

 

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