Queensland is the last participating jurisdiction to come under the authority of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

April 19, 2024

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) will take over responsibility for heavy vehicle on-road compliance in Queensland from Saturday (April 20).

It will also handle enforcement and Programmed Vehicle Inspections.

State Transport Minister Bart Mellish said the transition promised a streamlined approach to regulation across Australia.

“The Department of Transport and Main Roads has been working closely with the NHVR to ensure a seamless transition of heavy vehicle regulatory services,” Minister Mellish said.

He said the transport industry now had a single-point of interaction for consistent information about Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and any issues they faced 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,” Minister Mellish said.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto OAM said the transition would mean a “renewed on-road presence across Queensland, particularly in regional and remote areas”.

“Our new operations head office is located in Townsville, expanding our reach and enabling us to boost compliance and improve road safety outcomes in North Queensland,” he said.

“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.”


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