Discussions on axle mass increases for Euro VI trucks

As the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) review continues, there are discussions about the possibility of axle mass increases to accommodate the introduction of Euro VI trucks.

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) – which is part of the National Transport Commission’s industry working group that is discussing future changes to the HVNL – is seeking feedback from members to inform future axle mass increases.

One of these changes seeks to increase the mass limit for heavy vehicle steer and drive axles to offset the recent tare mass increases brought about by more-stringent emissions regulations (Euro VI), and advanced safety systems,” said the HVIA.

“Over the past weeks, HVIA staff have sought and received feedback from specific member organisations that will help to inform these discussions and argue the case for greater axle mass limit increases, but welcome further feedback from others.”

The association is currently seeking information or data relating to:

  • Specific mass increase (in kg) directly attributed to Euro VI emissions regulation compliance;
  • Specific mass increase (in kg) directly attributed to the fitment of advanced safety technologies (e.g. ABS/EBS, ECE cabin strength, AEBS, reversing technology, etc); and
  • Impacts if vehicles less than 15 tonnes GVM do not receive any additional axle mass increase to offset safety/emissions technologies.

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