No start date for national regs

National regulations have been delayed again, but this time industry has not been told how long for

No start date for national regs
No start date for national regs
By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | September 16, 2013

The start of national heavy vehicle regulations has been delayed again, but this time there is no word on how long industry will need to wait for the new regime to begin.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) was due to go live on October 1, after announcing it would not be able to meet its intended September deadline.

The proposed start date was deferred due to outstanding work, NHVR CEO Richard Hancock says.

It was previously moved from September 1 because the IT system for access permits needed testing.

Hancock says the board needs to do more preparatory work in areas including training and support for local government before going live.
A start date for later this year will be confirmed shortly, he adds.

"I’m grateful for the continued strong support from industry and participating states and territories for a revised date that ensures our IT systems and processes excel when they go live, and intend to advise soon of a confirmed date for commencement of the new national law," Hancock says.

"Once the new NHVR systems are ready to roll, the new rule book will apply in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.
"Until the new start date, it’s business as usual for heavy vehicle operators and drivers."

The NHVR is continuing to manage its limited responsibilities of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) and Performance Based Standards (PBS).

The industry was informed of the delay last Thursday.

"The further delay in the full start-up of the NHVR is disappointing but at the same time it’s encouraging that the NHVR team are going to ensure their systems are fully functioning before they start providing services," Australian Trucking Association (ATA) Chairman David Simon says.

"The delay is also an opportunity to put in place innovations that would give the industry a productivity boost from day one, such as a mass transfer allowance."

South Australian Road Transport Association (SARTA) Executive Director Steve Shearer says he is not surprised the date has once again been delayed and hopes the new date will be set for early next year.

"This time they have been a little wiser and not yet stated a new start date," Shearer says.

He says the group does not want the regulator to begin full operations during the harvest or peak Christmas periods.

"These periods will be hectic as it is and the demands for permits will be at their peak," Shearer says.

"We cannot afford the risk of massive or even just significant disruption and delay in processes of government when we are flat out as an industry."

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