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Revealed: NHVR confirms Queensland takeover

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has announced that it will assume control of heavy vehicle regulations in Queensland starting in April.  

The NHVR will take the role over from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, making Queensland the sixth Australian jurisdiction – including South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT, Victoria, and New South Wales – under its control. 

“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,” NHVR chief executive Sal Petroccitto OAM said.   

“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.” 

The regulator’s operations division will add a northern region to it alongside the existing central and southern regions for on-road operational services. The new division will create 165 new roles, expected to be filled by mainly Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads staff. 

The NHVR will conduct on-road compliance enforcement, investigations, prosecutions, and programmed heavy vehicle inspections from April 20 in Queensland.  

“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,” Department spokesperson Joanna Robinson said. 

“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.” 

For more details on the transition, visit National Services Transition. 

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