What is a HVRAS Inspection and Does Your Heavy Vehicle Need One?

Navigating the Road: Understanding HVRAS Inspections for Heavy Vehicles

It is essential that heavy vehicles meet all legal requirements before hitting the road. One vital aspect of this process is the Heavy Vehicle Registration Assessment Scheme (HVRAS) inspection. This inspection is separate from a Certificate of Inspection (COI) that is also required for a heavy vehicle to be roadworthy. Let’s delve into what a HVRAS entails, why it is crucial, and how you can streamline the process to get your vehicle back on the road as soon as possible.

What is HVRAS?

The Heavy Vehicle Registration Assessment Scheme (HVRAS) is an inspection process designed to accredit inspectors to assess and measure motor vehicles and trailers exceeding specific weight thresholds. In Queensland, any trailer over 750 kilograms ATM or heavy vehicle over 4.5 tonnes GVM must undergo an HVRAS inspection before registration. This inspection ensures compliance and includes checking the following:

  • Dimensional limits
  • Approved load sharing axle systems
  • Safe tyre limits (no less than 1.5mm)
  • Proper display of vehicle identifiers (VIN, Chassis number)
  • TARE weight verification

HVRAS inspections are carried out on the following vehicles:

  • Trucks
  • Trailers
  • Camper Trailers
  • Motorhomes

Why is HVRAS Important?

HVRAS inspections are aren’t just for legal compliance, but also for road safety. By verifying that heavy vehicles meet regulatory standards, HVRAS helps to prevent accidents and ensures that trucks, trailers, and other heavy vehicles are fit for the road. Furthermore, it assists in maintaining accurate records of vehicle specifications, promoting transparency and accountability within the transportation industry.

There are 11 different types of inspection sheets depending on the vehicle assessed:

• F2873 Articulated Bus Inspection Sheet
• F2874 Special Purpose Vehicle (exceeding 4.5t GVM) Inspection Sheet
• F2875 Prime Mover Inspection Sheet
• F2876 Rigid Bus Inspection Sheet
• F2905 Rigid Truck Inspection Sheet
• F3123 Pig Trailer Inspection Sheet
• F3128 Semi Trailer/Goose Neck type Trailer (with fifth wheel or ball coupling) Inspection Sheet
• F3148 Trailer Inspection Sheet
• F3154 Heavy Haulage/Low Loader/Dolly Inspection Sheet
• F3646 Converter Dolly Inspection Sheet
• F4550 Motorhome/Campervan inspection

In addition, a Vehicle Details form (F3529) must be included. If you use F2905 instead of F4550 for motorhome/camper, the inspection may not be accepted.

When the examiner completes the inspection sheet, all details must be from the vehicle itself and not from documentation relating to the vehicle or advice from the client.

When Do You Need a HVRAS Inspection?

There are several different situations which will require a HVRAS inspection:

New Registration: All new registrations require an HVRAS inspection.

Unregistered Vehicles: If your vehicle has been unregistered in Queensland for over 90 days.

Interstate Transfers: When transferring a vehicle’s registration to Queensland from another state.

Vehicle Modifications: If your vehicle undergoes modifications affecting dimensional limits, axle systems, tyre limits, or vehicle identifiers.

Streamlining the HVRAS Process

Organising a HVRAS inspection doesn’t have to be a hassle. At ASAP Roadworthys, we understand the value of your time and convenience. Our government-approved examiners offer a hassle-free experience, coming to your location on the same day you book your inspection. Whether you’re a busy truck driver or a fleet manager, we make the process simple and efficient. Use the online booking form to schedule your HVRAS / Measure Up inspection today!

Common Areas of Failure

While HVRAS inspections ensure compliance, certain areas often catch vehicle owners off guard. The common culprits for inspection failures are typically tyres and dimensional limits. Therefore, you want to ensure that your tyres meet legal tread requirements and that your vehicle dimensions adhere to government regulations can save you time and money.

Final Thoughts

As a truckie, minimising downtime is crucial. Booking your HVRAS inspection in advance allows time for any necessary repairs or adjustments, ensuring you can get back on the road promptly. Remember, HVRAS isn’t just about paperwork—it’s about keeping our roads safe and ensuring your heavy vehicle operates legally. Stay safe, stay compliant, and keep on trucking!

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