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NHVR to regulate NSW heavy vehicles

The NHVR will now take over the state’s heavy vehicle compliance monitoring

In a landmark move, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) will take over from Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) as the key regulatory body for heavy vehicle safety services.

Starting from August 1 this year, the NHVR will take over TfNSW and mandate heavy vehicles across the start permanently.

TfNSW deputy secretary Tara McCarthy says this transition was the next step towards nationally consistent compliance with all heavy vehicle operators travelling across NSW.

“Heavy vehicles travelling within and through NSW will benefit from this next step in building a single, consistent national regulator for the heavy vehicle industry,” McCarthy says.

“From August 1, roadside enforcement, investigations, prosecutions and scheduled heavy vehicle inspections currently provided by TfNSW will transfer to the NHVR along with 340 TfNSW staff currently supporting the industry.”

The landmark change has been in the works for 18 months according to the NHVR, with the NSW government working with the national body to ensure it can maintain or improve the standard of heavy vehicle regulation in NSW.

“This is part of a national reform program that will make the regulation of heavy vehicle movements across Australia even safer and more efficient,” McCarthy says.

The NHVR will continue to deliver services for more than 200 existing heavy vehicle inspection stations, as well as other safety stations and on-road enforcement sites across NSW.

The biggest change for operators in the state will be that current TfNSW compliance operations inspectors will now become NHVR safety and compliance officers.

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“This transition is another step in reducing the impact of state borders on the movement of freight across Australia,” NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says.

“With more than half of all Australian heavy vehicle movements occurring within or through NSW, this state is vital for the safety and productivity of the heavy vehicle industry.”

Petroccitto says the NHVR will be working with its staff to ensure there’s a more consistent approach to compliance and enforcement regardless of where trucks are intercepted.

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