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Damage Assessment Criteria for the Classification of Heavy Vehicle Statutory Write-Offs
  • Publication no: AP-G90-18
  • Published: 30 August 2018

This Guide has been developed by Austroads and the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC) to support the consistent application of special assessment criteria for the classification of heavy written-off vehicles (HWOVs).

The new criteria apply to rigid trucks, prime movers, trailers and buses. The pre-existing state and territory rules apply to light passenger and commercial vehicles, motorcycles and caravans. The new criteria are designed to consistently identifyand appropriately classify those HWOVs that should not be repaired on safety grounds and are suitable only for dismantling or scrap.

This guide is intended to be used by insurance personnel and other notifiers who are required to classify HWOVs for regulatory purposes. It has been prepared on the basis that it provides sufficient technical precision to be able to be expressly referenced as an incorporated instrument under State and Territory law should a jurisdiction wish to do so.

Austroads and the NMVTRC are collaborating on the development of an appropriate industry training program and resources for delivery from October 2018.

It is expected that NSW will be the first jurisdiction to implement a written off heavy vehicle register with implementation dates for other jurisdictions yet to be determined.

A PDF of Frequently Asked Questions and a report of the in-field trial results can be downloaded from the supporting documents tab.

  • About this guide
  • Background
  • Group 1 vehicles: Rigid trucks and prime movers
  • Group 2 vehicles: Trailers
  • Group 3 vehicles: Buses
  • Nomenclature guide