Breaking News: Richard Hancock resigns as NHVR CEO

The Board of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has accepted the resignation of Chief Executive, Richard Hancock, with immediate effect.

According to the NHVR Board, Mr Hancock has resigned for personal and family health reasons.

Chief Financial Officer and General Manager, Corporate Services, Melinda Bailey, will take on the responsibility of Acting Chief Executive of the NHVR until a permanent replacement is announced.

“It is essential that we all continue to work towards efficiency, safety and productivity in the heavy vehicle industry,” the new industry body said.

“The NHVR is continuing to work with industry and all levels of government to develop a longer-term plan to permanently address issues and concerns associated with the changes to the new laws and keep Australia's heavy vehicles moving.”

David Simon, Chairman of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) commented, “Richard was a breath of fresh air when he joined the NHVR, because of his strong consultative approach and his willingness to try new techniques for reaching out to trucking operators.

“Richard made an important contribution to untangling many of the problems with the original draft of the Heavy Vehicle National Law. The original draft had more than 1,020 issues. Many of those were fixed before the law came into effect, although there are still serious problems.”

He added, “Under Richard’s leadership, the NHVR also tried new ways of talking to trucking operators. We’re a difficult industry to consult, because trucking operators are always busy and small operators are often on the road.

“The ATA supports the NHVR and national truck laws, because we believe it will increase the industry’s productivity and safety over time. It is essential, however, that the NHVR focuses on getting its systems right.”

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