Queensland Government passes NHVR laws

The Queensland Government has passed the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) Amendment Bill 2012, paving the way for a national set of regulations for Australia’s heavy vehicle industry.

The HVNL will be administered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), which opened for business last month.

According to the Hon. Bruce Baird AM, NHVR Board Chair, the Bill’s passing is an important milestone more than five years in the making.

“This Bill is an extraordinary achievement for industry and all levels of government across Australia,” Baird said.
“I’m pleased to see this collaborative effort reflected in the Queensland Parliament, where the HVNL Amendment Bill received strong bipartisan support.

“The legislative wheels are now rolling and we’re looking forward to delivering real safety, productivity and efficiency improvements for the heavy vehicle industry.”

The HVNL consolidates eight different sets of state and territory road transport laws into one national rule book, meaning reduced red tape for industry and reduced transport costs that should flow on to all operators, large and small.

“The benefits of one national rule book are substantial – it’s been estimated to unlock productivity gains for the heavy vehicle industry of up to $12.4 billion over the next 20 years, which also means savings all along the supply chain, right through to consumers.

“When you consider that delivery costs account for an estimated 43 per cent of the cost of a loaf of bread, the potential for hip-pocket savings is very real.”

The NHVR opened for business on 21 January and currently manages the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme and design and vehicle approvals for the Performance-Based Standards Scheme.

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