QUEENSLAND has followed other states and has transitioned its heavy vehicle regulation services to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR). 

Regulation for heavy vehicles will no longer be managed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR). 

The NHVR is part of a national reform program to improve road safety outcomes and aims to produce a more consistent approach to compliance and enforcement.  

Queensland is the final jurisdiction to transition these services to the NHVR; New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory have already transitioned.  

Western Australia and the Northern Territory have not adopted the heavy vehicle national law. 

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the transition of services in Queensland would result in safer and more consistent regulation of heavy vehicle movements across Australia. 

“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,” Mr Petroccitto 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.” 

Queensland transport and main roads minister and minister for digital services Bart Mellish said the transition would improve road safety outcomes for Queensland road users. 

“The transition of heavy vehicle compliance activities to the national regulator will ensure a consistent approach to compliance and enforcement and will deliver a best practice regulatory approach across all jurisdictions,” he said.  

“TMR has been working closely with the NHVR, to ensure a seamless transition for our people and our customers. 

“Following the transition TMR will continue to be directly responsible for delivering regulatory and compliance activities for light vehicles including passenger vehicles and tow trucks under 3.5 tonne.”