As if the mess over permits for higher mass loads wasn’t enough to create a rocky introduction for the much-anticipated and highly promoted National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), the sudden resignation of chief executive Richard Hancock has thrown an even bigger spanner into the works.
According to an NHVR statement released by chairman Bruce Baird, ‘Mr Hancock has resigned for personal and family health reasons.’ His resignation was accepted with immediate effect.
The regulator’s chief financial officer and general manager of corporate services, Melinda Bailey, will fill the chief executive role until a permanent replacement is found. Ads in major newspapers have already been placed, seeking applicants ‘with experience in working with governments across jurisdictional boundaries, gained from a role in either government, industry associations or the heavy vehicle sector.’
While it’s certainly hoped the reasons for Mr Hancock’s resignation are overcome, there will be many also hoping that an effective replacement is quickly found.
There is much at stake, not least the regulator’s ability to work in consultation with the road transport industry and subsequently, gain the industry’s trust and future support.
As outgoing chairman of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), David Simon commented, “The ATA supports the NHVR and national truck laws, because we believe it will increase the industry’s productivity and safety over time.
“It is essential, however, that the NHVR focuses on getting its systems right.”
As the furore with permits for higher mass loads has so vividly shown, some of the NHVR’s systems have so far fallen well short of ‘right’.
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Source: Leading independent industry journalist.