NHVR appoints new CEO

Sal Petroccitto – former General Manager for Roads, Rail and Ports System Management at Queensland's Department of Transport & Main Roads – has been appointed as new CEO of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), following a nationwide recruitment search.

Mr Petrocitto is currently the Queensland Government representative on the NHVR Project Implementation Board and the Board of Transport Certification Australia, and has built strong working relationships with industry and government across Australia’s rail, ports and freight industries, according to the NHVR Board. 

The announcement comes almost two months after the resignation of Richard Hancock in March.

Stuart St Clair, Chief Executive of the Australian Trucking Association, was one of the first to congratulate Sal. According to St Clair, Mr Petroccitto comes to the role with “detailed knowledge” of heavy vehicle regulation.

“Mr Petroccitto is currently Queensland’s representative on the NHVR Project Implementation Board, so he’s well across the issues facing the regulator,” Mr St Clair said.

“The ATA supports the NHVR, because we believe it will increase the industry’s productivity and safety over time.

“Mr Petroccitto will need, however, to focus on getting the NHVR’s systems right, and particularly the way it manages heavy vehicle permits.”

NatRoad CEO, Chris Melham, also congratulated Mr Petroccito on his appointment and said he looks forward to working with him and the entire NHVR team to ensure that the NHVR cements itself as Australia’s National Heavy Regulator “for the long term”.

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