A new CEO for the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has been announced. Sal Petroccitto will start work in the new job as of May 19. He replaces Richard Hancock, who resigned suddenly a couple of months ago.
Acting CEO of the NHVR, Melinda Bailey, has been holding the fort since Hancock’s departure and she has received thanks from the NHVR Board for her sterling work during a difficult period for the regulator.
The trucking industry will be hoping Petroccitto will be a steady hand on the tiller as the NHVR ploughs through some choppy waters. Since coming fully online on February 10, the national permit system has been floundering as a result of lack of preparation and state antipathy to the new regime, although other aspects of the NHVR task have been working effectively.
Since 2009, Petroccitto has been involved with the trucking industry and its issues at Queensland Transport and Main Roads, spending most of the past two years as General Manager, Roads, Rail and Ports System Management at Department of Transport & Main Roads. He is also the Queensland Government representative on the NHVR Project Implementation Board and the Board of Transport Certification Australia.
With this experience, he is clearly au fait with the issues facing the fledgling regulator. His job will be to steady the ship and maintain enough forward movement to ensure the reforms so badly needed by road transport will go ahead. A relatively quiet six months along with demonstrable progress should keep up momentum and restore some confidence in the NHVR and its Board.