The NHVR is on track to take over responsibility for heavy vehicle regulatory services in the Sunshine State  from the 20th April, making Queensland the sixth jurisdiction to pass heavy vehicle regulation  to the National body.

The new responsibilities for NHVR in Queensland will include on-road compliance and enforcement, taking over from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto,  said the transition of services in Queensland will be a significant achievement for the organisation and will result in safer and more consistent regulation of heavy vehicle movements across Australia.

“The transition of heavy vehicle services in Queensland will complete our National Service Transition (NST) program – a huge accomplishment for our organisation,” Petroccitto said.

“I am thrilled we are a step closer to achieving our aim, of having a consistent approach to compliance and enforcement from the roadside to interventions, borderless operations and delivering timely, national responses to critical compliance issues.

“The transition will result in a more streamlined approach to how heavy vehicles are regulated across Australia, a journey that will have taken the NHVR almost 10 years to achieve.

“From 20 April, on-road compliance, investigations, prosecutions and programmed heavy vehicle inspections will be some of the services currently provided by TMR to transfer across to the NHVR.”

On transition, the Northern Region will be created within the NHVR’s Operations Division and will join Central and Southern Regions in leading on-road operational service delivery.

“This exciting milestone will see 165 roles added to the NHVR as part of our Northern Region, many of which will transfer across from TMR,” Petroccitto said.

From April, the heavy vehicle industry can expect to see the NHVR’s Safety and Compliance Officers working roadside across Queensland, including in the far north and western areas of the state.

TMR spokesperson Joanna Robinson said the transition will end a 10-year journey for the NHVR and will finally deliver a nationally consistent approach to regulating the heavy vehicle industry.

“TMR has been working closely with the NHVR, to ensure a seamless transition for all staff and customers,” Robinson said.

“We are currently advising our team that heavy vehicle regulatory services and those staff who have chosen to transfer, will officially transition to the NHVR on 20 April.

“TMR will continue to be directly responsible for delivering regulatory and compliance programs for several important services, including road manager functions.

“This transition will streamline the delivery of heavy vehicle regulation for industry and will improve regulatory outcomes and safety.”

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.

Queensland joins South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT, Victoria, and New South Wales in assigning delivering heavy vehicle regulatory services to the NHVR. Only WA and the NT are outliers in the system which has been a success in delivering uniform  heavy vehicle rules and regulation across most of the country.