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29 Aug 12
Heavy Vehicle National Law Bill

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The Queensland Heavy Vehicle National Law Bill 2012 has passed through Parliament, establishing the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR). McCullough Robertson reported on 8 August 2012 that the Bill was intended to:

  • simplify the existing regime by establishing a single regulator
  • promote public safety
  • manage the impact of heavy vehicles on the environment, road infrastructure and public amenity
  • provide for efficient road transport of goods and passengers by heavy vehicle, and
  • encourage and promote efficient, innovative, productive and safe business practices.

The NHVR, to be located in Brisbane, will oversee all road vehicles weighing more than 4.5 tonnes and will commence operating on 1 January 2013. It is expected that other jurisdictions will introduce mirror laws in the coming months.

McCullough Robertson will continue to provide updates as further developments in national heavy vehicle regulation occur.

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