14 Feb 2018
The South Australian Government is committed to the introduction of a heavy vehicle inspection scheme to identify, monitor and mitigate un-roadworthiness of heavy vehicles on South Australian roads.
Compared to other road vehicles, heavy vehicles can contribute to the severity of a crash with a disproportionate number of serious injury and fatality rates due to their mass and rigidity.
Following a series of fatal crashes on the South Eastern Freeway, coronial inquiries recommended that the South Australian Government introduce a periodic heavy vehicle inspection scheme (HVIS) to increase heavy vehicle safety on the roads.
Stage One of the HVIS identified significant issues with the roadworthiness of heavy vehicles in South Australia and 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.
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.
More information about Stage Two of the HVIS is available online.
The department has committed to improve safety along its transport networks and to provide some practical responses to incidents of object throwing.
The South Australian Registrar of Motor Vehicles will refuse the registration of light vehicles fitted with defective Takata ‘Alpha’ type airbag inflators from 1 November 2018 until they are rectified to ensure the safety of all road users.
The lowered motorway constructed as part of the $801 million Torrens Road to River Torrens Project Torrens will be opened to traffic on Saturday 29 September.
Preliminary works for the upgrade of the Main North Road intersection with Dalkeith Road and Smith Road are currently underway, with Telstra early works to commence from Wednesday 5 September.