From August 1, key regulatory functions conducted by Transport for NSW will be transferred across to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).
“Roadside enforcement, investigations, prosecutions, and scheduled heavy vehicle inspections currently provided by Transport for NSW will be some of the services transferring to the NHVR, along with 340 Transport for NSW staff who currently support the industry,” said Tara McCarthy, deputy secretary of safety, environment and regulation at Transport for NSW.
“This is part of a national reform program that will make the regulation of heavy vehicle movements across Australia even safer and more efficient,” she added.
The NHVR will continue to deliver services from over 200 existing Heavy Vehicle Inspection Stations, safety stations and on-road enforcement sites across NSW.
The regulator says the most noticeable change for operators will be that the current Transport for NSW Compliance Operations Inspectors will become NHVR Safety and Compliance Officers.
Transport for NSW will continue to provide other heavy vehicle services including licensing, registration and tow truck investigations and compliance.
According to NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto, “This transition is another step in reducing the impact of state borders on the movement of freight across Australia,” he said.
“We’ll be working with industry to ensure the transition is as seamless as possible.
“With more than half of all Australian heavy vehicle movements occurring within or through NSW, this state is vital for the safety and productivity of the heavy vehicle industry.
“In particular we’ll be working with our staff to ensure a more consistent approach to compliance and enforcement regardless of where you’re intercepted.”
NSW is the fifth Australian jurisdiction—after South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT—where the NHVR will be directly delivering heavy vehicle regulatory services.