Compliance and Enforcement

Compliance and enforcement activities are key factors in ensuring effective and safe management of heavy vehicles on the road network.

Transport inspectors are authorised by law to intercept and inspect vehicles in WA and, as per HVS 14 A-2017,can now issue roadside infringements.  

During an inspection the transport inspectors focus on checking compliance with mass and dimension limits, and ensuring that high productivity and oversize vehicles are operating in accordance with the conditions set down under Main Roads' permits, notices and heavy vehicle accreditation.   Other tasks include inspecting vehicles for roadworthiness, load security, driver and vehicle licensing conditions, and under an arrangement with the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, ensuring compliance for the movement of dangerous goods.  Our Transport inspectors also perform the important role of educating and working with the transport industry and other agencies and stakeholders to improve compliance standards.

For an overview of what happens during a heavy vehicle inspections, please view our "What can I expect during a heavy vehicle inspection" brochure.  

We recently published a Heavy Vehicle Compliance Calendar,  which outlines our compliance focus for each month and aims to influence road user behaviour and to remind the transport industry of their obligations and requirements prior to traveling on the WA road network.

If you would like further information or have any other Compliance related enquiries please contact us on 138 486 or email direct at compliance@mainroads.wa.gov.au.

Chain of Responsibility (CoR) Prosecutions in 2017

Following requests from the Transport Industry, Heavy Vehicle Services will now make available a list of CoR prosecutions for 2017. The list will identify the court date, party convicted, offence and fine applied.

Measurement Adjustments for the Enforcement of Mass Requirements

The transport industry and other parties involved in the Chain of Responsibility are reminded to ensure vehicles are loaded to the legal mass limits, as specified in the regulations or in a mass modification (permit or notice) granted by Main Roads. Measurement Adjustments (MAs) should not be taken into account when a vehicle is being loaded, as this applies to enforcement weighs only and will be dependent on the weighing site category.

The MAs have now been republished as the 'Measurement Adjustments for the Enforcement of Mass Requirements'.  This document provides further detail in relation to the weighing site specifications.

An enforcement officer will use these specifications to determine the category of the site being used to conduct the enforcement weigh. Selected sites will also be surveyed against these specifications and a list of categorised sites will be published in the future.

Clarification of Load Restraint Laws

Recent media coverage may have given the impression that the use of regular rope was being prohibited under Chain of Responsibility      (CoR)  legislation and that only approved webbing and certified ropes would be permitted.

This is incorrect -  there is no change to the Load Restraint Guide provisions and existing restraint methods are still acceptable providing that they meet the performance standards detailed in the guide. You must still ensure your load is correctly restrained using the appropriate restraint relevant to the transport task. 

The new Road Traffic (Vehicles) Regulations 2014 still refer to the Load Restraint Guide – Second Edition 2004  as per current regulations

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Modified: 27 Oct 2017