NHVR message to road transport
THE National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has taken to the highway to raise awareness of the numerous activities it undertakes as the independent national regulator for all heavy vehicles, and in particular, the changes coming in 2018 to the current Chain of Responsibility laws.
The Murlo Rest Area, on the northbound lane of the Hume Highway at Mullengandra has recently been opened following its completion in July this year at a cost of $6.17 million, which was funded by the New South Wales and Federal Governments.
Its location on Australia’s busiest freight corridor, which sees over 5000 truck movements per day, made it an ideal location for the NHVR, along with other regulatory bodies from two states to hold an awareness and information day on September 7.
Co-ordinated by Tim Hansen and Simone Reinertsen from the NHVR, the day provided an opportunity for drivers to learn of the upcoming changes to the Chain of Responsibility laws and General / Concessional / Higher Mass Limits information.
Feedback was received and further discussion regarding permits and the National Harmonisation Program, which aims to improve heavy vehicle regulation Australia-wide.
The close proximity of the Murlo Rest Area to the New-South-Wales/Victorian border allowed for some cross-border representation, with VicRoads, NSW Roads and Maritime Service and the Albury Highway Patrol branch of the NSW Police also in attendance.
“We thought we would combine our resources being so close to the border,” Mr Hansen said.
“We have made ourselves available with the other agencies, this is part of the first wave of information sessions regarding Chain of Responsibility, with comments regarding driver issues welcomed – the feedback and ideas of drivers is invited.
“It’s been ideal presenting it with a range of partners.”
Further details regarding the Chain of Responsibility changes and other information can be found on the NHVR website at www.nhvr.gov.au
❝ We thought we would combine our resources being so close to the border. — Tim Hansen
LET’S TALK: The NHVR display set up at the Murlo Rest Area on the northbound lane of the Hume Highway at Mullengandra.