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Heavy Vehicle Inspection Scheme

The South Australian Government has committed to introducing a heavy vehicle inspection scheme that addresses coroner recommendations that all heavy vehicles should be subject to a periodic inspection regime. The intent of the scheme is to identify, monitor and mitigate un-roadworthiness as a causative factor in crashes on South Australian roads, and to increase heavy vehicle safety.

Why is the focus on heavy vehicles?

Heavy vehicles are overrepresented in fatal crashes. Due to their mass and rigidity, heavy vehicles can contribute to the severity of the crash, have a higher fatality rate when compared to the light vehicle fleet and equally are involved in a disproportionately high number of crashes that result in serious injury. Following a series of fatal crashes on the South Eastern Freeway, subsequent coronial recommendations included that all heavy vehicles should be subject to a periodic inspection regime. A state-based scheme provides South Australia with the opportunity to conduct inspections on heavy vehicles that otherwise would not undergo any form of inspection in their lifetime, unless issued with a defect notice.

Other states and territories in Australia have already implemented heavy vehicle inspection schemes. Please view our Australian Jurisdictional Inspection Factsheet for an overview.

Frequently Asked Questions

Stage One

Stage one of the Heavy Vehicle Inspection Scheme (HVIS) was introduced on 1 January 2017. This stage requires heavy vehicles three years and older with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM), and trailers with an Aggregated Trailer Mass (ATM) of greater than 4.5 tonne, to be inspected prior to the vehicle being registered in a new owner’s name (change of ownership). This stage includes vehicles in the NHVR Maintenance Accreditation Scheme and excludes some categories of vehicles such as buses, plant, oversize and special purpose vehicles.

To learn more about Change of Ownership Inspections visit the Heavy Vehicle Inspections page.

Stage Two

Stage two of the HVIS expands on stage one requirements.


A commencement date for stage two of the HVIS has not been set. Discussions are still underway to select a system manager for the HVIS in South Australia. The commencement date is reliant on the successful appointment of the contractor to carry out the scheme, confirmed locations of inspection stations across the state and notice being given to industry. This means that the commencement date for the scheme will be in 2020. We are anticipating to be in a position over the next couple of months to communicate updates relating to the expected start date of the scheme.

The start date is reliant on many factors including tender outcomes, implementation elements such as training of inspectors, accreditation and fitout of inspection stations and notice being given to industry.

Please note that advance notice will be given to all heavy vehicle owners when a start date has been set.


The expectation is that the tender process will ensure that multiple inspection stations will be available throughout the state, either as fixed or mobile locations. While the locations of the stations are currently unknown, information will be provided as it becomes available and in advance of an inspection requirement being applied to your renewal.

If you’re a metropolitan customer, the expectation is that the travelling time for an inspection should be no more than 30 minutes from your registered postcode location. If you are located in regional South Australia, the expectation is that the travelling time should be no more than 90 minutes from your registered postcode location for most customers.

What vehicles will need to be inspected?

To check if your heavy vehicle requires an inspection as part of stage two view the Heavy Vehicle Configuration Information Sheet (MR80B) (PDF, 761 KB).

If you are unsure what configuration code your vehicle/s are registered under, there are some simple ways you can check:

1. Visit the EzyReg transactions page and enter your details. The configuration code for your vehicle/s will be displayed on screen; or see the sample EzyReg page showing configuration code highlighted (PDF, 406 KB).

2. Check your registration papers: the configuration code is shown on the left side. Please see the example below for details.
Example: Sample Registration Paper showing configuration code highlighted (PDF, 464 KB).

To learn more about stage two of the Heavy Vehicle Inspection Scheme view the Heavy Vehicle Inspection Scheme – Frequently Asked Questions Stage Two PDF.

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) standards

The NHVR regularly publish a number of Vehicle Standard Guides (VSGs) which provide advice and guidance that relate to a number of issues applicable to heavy vehicle standards and modifications.

For example, if you have a motorhome and are making changes, you may be interested in reading the following guides: “VSG 5 – Converting a vehicle into a motorhome” and “VSG 9 - Re-rating of gross vehicle mass”.

To view these guides and others, visit the NHVR website here.

Heavy Vehicle Inspections

All heavy vehicles are assessed for compliance against the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (NHVIM) follow link to the current version (2.3).

This manual has been developed and revised by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to enable a nationally consistent roadworthy approach to heavy vehicle inspections.

The NHVR releases information on vehicle standards and modifications, click link for more information.

DPTI has developed checklists for Change of Ownership Inspections which outline components that will be inspected.

Register for Updates

Stay up to date with the latest HVIS industry updates by registering your email address with DPTI here.

Previous HVIS Email Updates

Still have questions about the heavy vehicle inspection scheme?

If you need more information tell us what you want to know for possible inclusion in future updates (maximum 300 characters).

Queries relating to specific vehicles need to be directed to Service SA for a response. Service SA can be contacted on 13 10 84, or to find your local centre view the Service SA website here.

Please note DPTI are no longer collecting registrations of interest to become an Authorised Inspection Station (AIS). As soon as a system manager has been appointed, parties interested in becoming an AIS will be able to approach the system manager directly. Note that registration of interest is not a guarantee of partnership with the contractor.

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