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Victoria introduces bill to adopt national regulations

Victorian roads minister introduces Bill to sign the State up to national heavy vehicle regulations

By Brad Gardner | April 18, 2013

The move toward national heavy vehicle regulations is continuing, with Victoria introducing a bill to reform the State’s road transport laws and follow the lead of Queensland.

Roads Minister Terry Mulder yesterday introduced the Heavy Vehicle National Law Application Bill which, when passed, will hand over the regulation of heavy vehicles to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and harmonise transport laws across most of the country.

Queensland is the only state to have passed legislation to enact national regulations and the NHVR, while New South Wales started the process in February.

“This particular bill will harmonise regulation of the heavy vehicle industry across Australia, improve productivity for heavy vehicles and make for a more productive heavy vehicle industry here in Victoria,” Mulder says.

The Brisbane-based NHVR, which opened its doors in January, is due to become fully operational on July1 when most state and territories pass legislation enacting national regulations. The NHVR’s responsibilities will include chain of responsibility, permit applications and fatigue management.

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