A big change comes into effect in the Sunshine State this weekend with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) assuming responsibility for heavy vehicle on-road compliance and enforcement in Queensland.

From tomorrow, April 20th, services will transition from The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to the NHVR.

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Bart Mellish, told us the transition promises a streamlined approach to regulation across Australia.

“The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has been working closely with the NHVR to ensure a seamless transition of heavy vehicle regulatory services, to establish a safer road network in Queensland,”

“This marks the end of a significant reform program and is a step forward for the industry, who now have a single point of interaction for consistent information about the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and any issues they face as drivers or businesses.

“We look forward to the productivity and safety benefits of having a single regulator for the heavy vehicle industry, with Queensland the final participating jurisdiction to transfer these regulatory services to the NHVR.

“By having a borderless operating model, the NHVR will be able to address the greatest risks on our roads, improving safety for everyone.”

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the integration of Queensland into the NHVR will simplify compliance for drivers by providing a more unified approach to heavy vehicle regulations.

“The Queensland transition is a pivotal moment in Australia’s transport landscape, and by centralising regulatory functions under one authority, we can accelerate regulatory compliance harmonisation across state borders, and drive a safer, more efficient heavy vehicle industry.”

From tomorrow, the regulator’s Safety and Compliance Officers will be working roadside and at vehicle inspection sites across the state, identifiable by their distinctive uniforms, badges, and vehicles.

“The NHVR’s on-road officers have authority to stop heavy vehicles and check compliance against the HVNL, and importantly, provide information and education to industry where it’s needed.” Mr. Petroccitto said.