09:34 pm, Tuesday 22 January, 2013
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Australia’s first independent national heavy vehicle regulator, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is now open and will be tasked to manage the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) and Performance Based Standards (PBS).
According to ABC News, NHVR will be fully operational in July 2013 once all state and territory governments have passed legislation.
Under this new regulation, laws covering trucks bigger than 4.5 tonnes will be uniform throughout the country. Fatigue management will also be incorporated this year once state governments make reforms to existing laws.
In November 2012, Chair of the NHVR, Mr Bruce Baird AM said the establishment of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) Amendment Bill, which was introduced to the Queensland Parliament was a critical step for full national operations this year.
“Establishing a national specialist regulator with these responsibilities will help to deliver safer and more efficient operations, boost innovation and unlock national productivity gains of up to $12.4 billion over the next 20 years,” he said.
A website has also been launched where information about safety, accreditation and compliance, and fatigue management is provided.
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Chief Executive Officer Richard Hancock said the NHVR will make it easier for industry to do National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) and Performance Based Standards (PBS) in the country.
“We’re introducing a more efficient system that combines the application and payment processes into one easy step,” he said.
“This system will save you time and money because it can reduce the number of steps you go through to obtain or renew NHVAS accreditation.”