NHVR on track for September 1

According to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, the process of enacting Heavy Vehicle National Law in various state and territory legislators around Australia is on schedule and the regulator expects to commence full operation on 1 September 2013. Significant progress was made in May and June in getting bills before the various legislative houses to ensure the law could be in place in time.

After the Queensland Parliament passed the Heavy Vehicle National Law Amendment Bill in February 2013, it was followed by two bills in the South Australian Parliament in early May to introduce the new law and to amend statutes, as required.

By the end of May a new law applying the HVNL had passed through the Legislative Council in Victoria and was signed off by the Governor in the first week in the first week of June. The two houses of the New South Wales Parliament passed the new law in mid-June and it too was signed off by the NSW Governor.

Since then, the Heavy Vehicle National Law (Tasmania) Bill has been both introduced and passed in Hobart. With the passing of this bill, every state which has agreed to fully participate in the NHVR process has enacted or introduced laws to establish the NHVR and its role as a national agency.

Four new regulations covering vehicle standards, mass, dimension and loading, fatigue management and a general regulation have been introduced and agreed to by state and territory transport ministers. These new regulations will commence at the same time as the National Law.

The NHVR say they will continue to work with state and territory governments in preparation for the new national regulation regime and continue with their campaign to ensure industry operators now and understand what changes may occur in their day-to-day business practice as a result of the introduction of the NHVR.

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