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Borderless operations part of updated NHVR vision

Driver wellbeing a priority for recently reappointed board as it promises a modern regulatory approach


The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) says delivering truly borderless operations and increasing flexibility for safe operators are key features of a modern regulatory approach, as outlined in its Strategic Directions 2021-2026 document.

The NHVR sees its long-term strategy’s release coming at a critical time for industry, as the regulator pursues ambitious and relevant industry reform to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), currently under the spotlight.

“We know the majority of industry want to do the right thing – our job is to leverage this through data sharing and tailored regulatory approaches to lift safety standards right along the supply chain,” NHVR chair Duncan Gay said.

“We have learnt a lot over the last five years, for example, the importance of driver physical and mental wellbeing and its impacts on road safety, and we have increased our capability to share safety insights with industry to collectively pursue better outcomes.

“We are also going back to basics to develop a national understanding of freight infrastructure, ensuring consistent assessments that open up productive networks which are critical to the success of our road transport task.”

Read the latest on the Heavy Vehicle National Law reform crisis, here

As part of the strategy, the NHVR says its key priority is completing the transition of regulatory services from the final Heavy Vehicle National Law’s participating jurisdictions.

“Transitioning operations from New South Wales and Queensland will provide consistent regulation right across the eastern part of the country, ensuring industry experience and the same on-road interactions regardless of where people are working,” Gay continues.

Gay was recently reappointed chair of the NHVR board, along with and the reappointment of current board members Ken Lay and Robin Stewart-Crompton for a further three years.

“The reappointment of Ken and Robin at this critical time for our industry will enable continuity in pursuing the opportunities ahead of us,” Gay said.

“They join board members Julie Russell and Catherine Scott, who both bring a wealth of practical industry experience to the table.”

The NHVR says its Strategy Directions will be reviewed in another five years, following the completion of transition of services.

To view the latest Strategic Directions document click here.


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