You may want to apply for this accreditation if you operate a heavy vehicle or vehicles. A heavy vehicle is a vehicle with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) or aggregate trailer mass (ATV) of more than 4.5 tonnes. The National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme is a formal process for recognising heavy vehicle operators with robust safety measures in place.
There are four types of heavy vehicle accreditation:
- Maintenance management accreditation: exempts your vehicle from the requirement to be inspected before renewal of registration.
- Mass management accreditation: allows access to additional mass concessions.
- Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) accreditation: allows the drivers of the vehicle to operate under BFM hours.
- Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) accreditation: allows the drivers of the vehicle to operate under AFM hours.
Information on BFM and AFM hours are available from the Regulator.
If you intend to operate a heavy vehicle at higher mass limits, your vehicle must meet certain requirements. Please review the attached resource for more information.