National registration system will take us three years: NHVR

By: Brad Gardner, Photography by: Brad Gardner


National regulator has a lot to do to get a national heavy vehicle registration scheme in place.

National registration system will take us three years: NHVR
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says he has a detailed plan to deliver a national heavy vehicle registration scheme.

 

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) believes it can deliver a national heavy vehicle registration scheme in the next three years.

Transport ministers last week directed the regulator to work toward implementing the scheme by July 1, 2018.

During a recent interview, NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto highlighted a three-year timeframe as necessary to build the system and get it up and running.  

"We’ve got the detailed plan prepared for a national registration scheme at the moment," he says.

"We realistically believe it’s probably a three-year period to fully understand the requirements, scope it out, get the best possible design, go to market and then build.

"I’m hoping within a three-year timeframe subject to funding and full endorsement of the ministers that we will have a national registration system for heavy vehicles in place."

Petroccitto says a national registration scheme will provide a single common database that will allow trucking operators to register their vehicles and help the NHVR to keep track of trucks on the road and what accreditation they have.

The NHVR gained the go-ahead to develop a new registration system last week when Australia’s transport ministers voted in favour of it at a Transport and Infrastructure Council meeting.

The meeting also voted in favour of extending chain of responsibility to heavy vehicle maintenance – a move the trucking industry has welcomed.

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