Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Jaala Pulford, opened a new office earlier this month as part of the transition of state-delivered heavy vehicle services to the national regulator.
It is the culmination of an 18-month transition of heavy vehicle safety and compliance services from VicRoads to the national regulator. In December roadside enforcement, investigations and prosecution, along with information services transitioned to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).
The transition of Victorian heavy vehicle services follows similar changes undertaken by state governments in South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT over the past three years.
The 54 NHVR staff, including 43 Safety and Compliance officers who will provide on-road compliance, will be based out of the new Melbourne head office, as well as regional offices in Bendigo, Morwell, Mildura, Geelong, Ballarat and Shepparton.
Officers are undertaking a range of roles including on-road safety, compliance and enforcement, oversize and overmass escorts, investigations and intelligence.
With NHVR staff based across Victoria it will continue to work towards a national approach to heavy vehicle safety and compliance.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford
“Heavy vehicle services are crucial to keep trucks, buses and other heavy vehicles moving safely and with vehicles registered in Victoria undertaking more than a quarter of the national road freight transport task – it’s a large and very important role," said Pulford.
“Over the past year VicRoads and the Victorian Government has been working closely with the NHVR make this transition as smooth as possible and ensure the heavy vehicle industry continues to operate safely and efficiently," she said.
Quotes attributable to National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Chair Duncan Gay
“This transition is another step in reducing the impact of state borders on the movement of freight across Australia," said NHVR Chair, Duncan Gay. “While operators will see a different logo on our vehicles and different uniforms, the NHVR is working to make the transition as seamless as possible.”
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