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Heavy vehicle inspections required on change of ownership from 2017

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) advises that from 1 January 2017 a Heavy Vehicle Inspection Scheme (HVIS) will begin in South Australia that applies when a heavy vehicle changes ownership.

The government is working with industry and road safety groups on the scheme to strike a balance between the safety of all road users and the livelihood of truck drivers and operators.

A truck can currently go through is entire working life without ever being independently inspected. The Deputy State Coroner made 17 recommendations in his findings following the death of a truck driver who was killed when his truck crashed at the bottom of the South Eastern Freeway in January 2014. A heavy vehicle inspection scheme was recommendation 14.

Currently there are around 60,000 load carrying state registered vehicles, of which DPTI annually inspects 4,881. Additionally the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Maintenance Accreditation Scheme has a further 13,549 being accredited, totalling 31% of registered load carrying vehicles in South Australia.

This leaves 69% or 41,425 vehicles not subject to inspection or a structured maintenance accreditation scheme.

Stage one of the inspection scheme requires all vehicles and trailers with a Gross Vehicles Mass (GVM) or Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM) over 4.5 tonnes which are three (3) years of age and over from date of manufacture to be inspected and passed as roadworthy before the vehicle can be registered in the new vehicle owner’s name for registration in South Australia.

This includes vehicles in the NHVR Maintenance Accreditation Scheme but excludes buses and special purpose vehicles such as tractors, agricultural and road making equipment.

Inspections must be carried out by an authorised heavy vehicle inspector.

Vehicles within the metropolitan area (Compulsory Third Party Insurance District One) must be inspected at one of four private industry facilities authorised by DPTI to carry out the inspections.

For vehicles that will have a future registration address in a rural or outer metro area (Compulsory Third Party Insurance District Two) inspections are available through DPTI at approved rural location by arrangement or at one of the authorised metropolitan inspection stations.

More information is available at, by phoning 13 10 84 or via email at

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