The National Road Transport Association has congratulated the New South Wales Government for putting a final piece of the jigsaw into place in the long process of reforming operations of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.
NatRoad CEO Warren Clark said this week’s passing by the NSW Parliament of the Heavy Vehicle Legislation Amendment (National Regulator) Bill 2021 came after a 10-year journey.
“The Bill is the final step in the transfer of NSW’s heavy vehicle regulatory functions to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator,” Mr Clark said.
“The aim of the reform process was to improve safety, and reduce costs and regulatory burden for Australian transport companies by creating a national regulatory regime for heavy vehicle safety and productivity”.
The Bill’s passing brings NSW into line with all other states and territories, with the exceptions of Northern Territory and Western Australia.
“I congratulate NSW for joining them after seeking additional assurances that the NHVR would implement measures moving us towards a risk based regulatory approach for heavy vehicles,” Mr Clark said.
“The transfer of the heavy vehicle inspection service to the NHVR means that the regulator will acquire additional mechanically qualified sources that will enhance its regulatory capability.
“We lobbied hard to accelerate the transition process so we’re chalking this up as a win for common sense and for our members.”