The National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) is a formal process for recognising operators who have robust safety and other management systems in place. It is also increasingly being used to show compliance with general duty requirements under road transport law.

You can apply online through the NHVR Portal, for accreditation in the following modules:

  • Mass Management – if you're accredited in this module you can access additional mass concessions. These concessions allow vehicles to operate at mass limits above the national general limits.
  • Maintenance Management – ​if you're accredited in this module you must maintain your vehicles and comply with all the relevant standards. Some jurisdictions require annual inspections as part of their registration process, but will grant exemptions to vehicles with maintenance management.
  • Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) – with this accreditation you can operate under more flexible work and rest hours, as long as the risks of driver fatigue are properly managed.
  • Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) – ​rather than specifying work and rest hours, AFM offers more flexibility than BFM in return for your demonstrating greater accountability for managing your drivers’ fatigue risks.

What you need

To apply online for accreditation, you need to have:

  • set up an NHVR Portal Account
  • a compliance management system in place in line with relevant standards
  • all documentation and forms applicable to your selected module, as set out in the relevant module guides
  • a copy of the NHVAS-approved auditor's Audit Summary Report
    Note: A list of approved auditors is available on the portal.
  • your payment.

How to apply

  1. Gather the documentation required for your selected module(s).
  2. Select the 'NHVR Portal' button.
  3. Log in to your NHVR Portal Account.
  4. Select the 'Accreditation' icon.
  5. Follow the prompts to start your application.
  6. Enter the required information.
  7. Upload your supporting documentation.
  8. Submit your application and make your payment.
Last updated: 15 March 2024

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