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NHVR set to take over regulation enforcement in Queensland


The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has begun the transition to take on heavy vehicle regulatory services from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads starting from April 20, 2024.

This will see the regulator become fully responsible for on-road compliance and enforcement in the state.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says the organisation hopes to create consistent regulation for heavy vehicles nationwide to provide safer roads and work for drivers.

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

“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.”

The new Northern Region will be created within the NHVR’s operations division, joining the Central and Southern Regions.

TMR spokesperson Joanna Robinson says the transition is crucial to providing a nationally consistent approach to regulating the industry.

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

“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 20 April.

“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 is now in operation in South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, the ACT and Queensland.

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