Heavy vehicle drivers across NSW will see a National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) logo and new uniforms for heavy vehicle services and compliance officers this week.
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the transition of heavy vehicle services from Transport for NSW to the NHVR was an important step toward delivering nationally consistent compliance for all heavy vehicle operators travelling within and through NSW.
“From today scheduled heavy vehicle inspections, investigations, prosecutions and roadside safety checks will transfer to the NHVR,” he said.
“I’m also pleased to welcome 310 Transport for NSW staff who will continue to serve and support the heavy vehicle industry. While drivers will see a new uniform and badge from today, they will receive the same services and support, and have to meet the same safety requirements as they have in the past.”
The NHVR will continue to deliver services in NSW from more than 200 existing Heavy Vehicle Inspection Stations, safety stations and on-road enforcement sites across NSW.
Transport for NSW Deputy Secretary of Safety, Environment and Regulation Tara McCarthy said NSW would continue to provide a number of other important heavy vehicle services, including licensing, registration and tow truck investigations and compliance.
“The transition of Transport for NSW staff to the NHVR will help carry a high safety standard across at the national level and is an important step in the national reform program” said McCarthy.
“Heavy vehicle safety and productivity is vital for Australia’s economy and delivering consistent and borderless regulation of heavy vehicles will also improve consistency for operators.”
Road Freight NSW CEO Simon O’Hara welcomed the move and looked forward to working closely with the NHVR across NSW.
“It’s important that the industry and regulator have direct and respectful discussions to overcome the challenges facing heavy vehicle operations across NSW,” he said.
“This is an important step forward for the heavy vehicle industry and we look forward to the productivity and safety benefits of having a single regulator for the heavy vehicle industry across NSW,” said O’Hara
“I would also like to acknowledge the work over many years of NSW DMR, RTA and RMS.”
Petroccitto said the NHVR had been working closely with the NSW Government on this transition over the past six months and will be working with industry to ensure the transition is as seamless as possible.
“This is an ongoing journey to build a single, consistent national regulator for the heavy vehicle industry,” he said.
“NSW is now the fifth Australian jurisdiction—after South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT—where the NHVR will be directly delivering heavy vehicle regulatory services.”
The NHVR was established in 2013 as a statutory authority to administer the Heavy Vehicle National Law, which applies in all Australia’s states and territories except the Northern Territory and Western Australia.