Permits message to NHVR driven home

Advisory group underlines industry support for national regulator but not its weaknesses

Permits message to NHVR driven home
NHVR is aware of the damage done


Attendees at last week’s National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s advisory operations group meeting have made it clear there must not be a repeat of NHVR’s process permits failure.

The South Australian Road Transport Association (SARTA) says it’s evident the regulator is aware of the damage the delay has had on operators.

"The NHVR genuinely said that it knew it had to listen more and engage more with industry rather than simply report on its view of progress," SARTA Executive Director Steve Shearer says.

"The NHVR does not propose to take back any permit functions currently being performed by the states until it is sure that it is ready and this will not be until after more comprehensive engagement with the industry, more extensive realistic testing that is not limited to theoretical transactions.

"The first half of the meeting quickly became a strong discussion in which the industry made very, very clear that it does support the NHVR but that there must never be a repeat of the problems earlier this year."

State governments intervened in February to help the NHVR process applications as the new agency struggled with its workload.

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