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NHVR to assume Queensland heavy vehicle regulation

The NHVR is set to expand again, with the national body to regulate heavy vehicles in the state from April

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has announced the regulation of heavy vehicle services in Queensland will be transferred to it from April.

Currently, the NHVR is responsible for applying the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) across certain Australian states and territories, with Queensland set to become the latest state part of this.

The NHVR is on track to be responsible for delivering heavy vehicle regulatory services, including on-road compliance and enforcement, from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), from April 20 this year.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says the transition of services in Queensland will be a significant achievement for the organisation and will result in safer and more consistent regulation of heavy vehicle movements across Australia.

“The transition of heavy vehicle services in Queensland will complete our National Service Transition (NST) program – a huge accomplishment for our organisation,” Petroccitto says.

“I am thrilled we are a step closer to achieving our aim of having a consistent approach to compliance and enforcement from the roadside to interventions, borderless operations and delivering timely, national responses to critical compliance issues.

“The transition will result in a more streamlined approach to how heavy vehicles are regulated across Australia, a journey that will have taken the NHVR almost 10 years to achieve.

“From April 20, on-road compliance, investigations, prosecutions and programmed heavy vehicle inspections will be some of the services currently provided by TMR to transfer across to the NHVR.”

On transition, the Northern Region will be created within the NHVR’s Operations Division and will join Central and Southern Regions in leading on-road operational service delivery.

“This exciting milestone will see 165 roles added to the NHVR as part of our Northern Region, many of which will transfer across from TMR,” Petroccitto says.

From April, the heavy vehicle industry can expect to see the NHVR’s Safety and Compliance Officers working roadside across Queensland, including in the far north and western areas of the state.

TMR spokesperson Joanna Robinson says the transition will end a 10-year journey for the NHVR and will finally deliver a nationally consistent approach to regulating the heavy vehicle industry.

“TMR has been working closely with the NHVR to ensure a seamless transition for all staff and customers,” Robinson says.

“We are currently advising our team that heavy vehicle regulatory services and those staff who have chosen to transfer, will officially transition to the NHVR on April 20.

“TMR will continue to be directly responsible for delivering regulatory and compliance programs for several important services, including road manager functions.

“This transition will streamline the delivery of heavy vehicle regulation for industry and will improve regulatory outcomes and safety.”

The NHVR was established in 2013 as a statutory authority to administer the Heavy Vehicle National Law, which applies in all Australia’s states and territories except the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Queensland is the sixth Australian jurisdiction – after South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT, Victoria, and New South Wales – where the NHVR will be directly delivering heavy vehicle regulatory services.

Queensland TMR minister Bart Mellish says the transition will improve road safety outcomes for Queensland road users.

“The transition of heavy vehicle compliance activities to the national regulator will ensure a consistent approach to compliance and enforcement and will deliver a best practice regulatory approach across all jurisdictions,” Mellish says.

“TMR has been working closely with the NHVR to ensure a seamless transition for our people and our customers.

“Following the transition TMR will continue to be directly responsible for delivering regulatory and compliance activities for light vehicles including passenger vehicles and tow trucks under 3.5 tonne.”

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