Industry looks to Petroccitto’s focus and understanding

By: Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi

New NHVR has work cut out to reassure freight operators and their representatives

Industry looks to Petroccitto’s focus and understanding
Petroccitto has detailed knowledge of heavy vehicle regulation


All eyes are set on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s new CEO as the industry expects the damage the regulator’s process permits failure has had on operators rectified.

Sal Petroccitto was yesterday named the new CEO and will start in his new role on May 19.

South Australian Roads Transport Association (SARTA) Executive Director Steve Shearer has welcomed Petroccitto’s appointment but hopes his industry knowledge stretches beyond his state.

Coming from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, Petroccitto currently represents the Queensland Government on the NHVR Project Implementation board and the board for Transport Certification Australia.

"We’ll be interested to find out just how well he understands the industry particularly outside of Queensland as he’s a Queenslander," Shearer says.

"Not holding that against him, he’s got Queensland industry experience which is clearly useful and better than having no industry experience but since the great bulk of staff in the regulator is from Queensland we want to make sure that not everything is Queensland centric."

Following NHVR’s permits failure in February, the industry holds its breath on further glitches ahead, he adds.

"We keep saying we know there will be further problems but the real test is how well those problems are acknowledged and dealt with," Shearer says.

"One of the strong messages at the recent NHVR’s advisory operations group meeting was that as an organisation they need to listen more and that includes when there’s a problem – you can’t gloss over it, you have to actually identify the problem and deal with it and sometimes that problem might involve a very small percentage of the industry but for the business concerned it’s fatal."

Australian Trucking Association Chief Executive Stuart St Clair says Petroccitto comes to the role with a detailed knowledge of heavy vehicle regulation.

"The ATA supports the NHVR be because we believe it will increase the industry’s productivity and safety over time," St Clair says.

"Petroccitto will need, however, to focus on getting the NHVR’s systems right and particularly the way it manages heavy vehicle permits.

"The ATA looks forward to working with Petroccitto in his new role."

Petroccitto replaces Richard Hancock who resigned in March due to family health reasons.

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