Former NSW Roads and Maritime Services Minister Duncan Gay has been appointed as the new NHVR Chair. The current Chair at the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, Bruce Baird, is retiring next month.
Duncan will be well known from his time in the New South Wales Government involved in the Fixing Country Roads initiative and in the fall out from the Mona Vale tanker crash, back in 2013. His time as the Minister dealing with the road transport industry was characterised by his willingness to engage with the trucking industry and fight for policy change if he was convinced of the need for new thinking.
Also announced was the replacement of another retiring Director from the Board, Vincent Tremaine. He is to be replaced by, former Victorian Police Commissioner, Ken Lay, who is also the current Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria. The rest of the Board remains the same. Peter Garske was reappointed as Deputy Chair of the Board. Coral Taylor and Robin Stewart-Crompton were also reappointed.
An upcoming task for the NHVR will be the integration of the RMS enforcement arm in NSW into the NHVR roadside enforcement system. Duncan’s long relationship with the leadership of the agency could prove useful as the duties pass from the state to the national regulator.
“I congratulate Duncan Gay and Ken Lay on their appointments and welcome the experience they will bring,” said Warren Clarke, NatRoad CEO. “The NHVR is a valuable partner. There is still much to be done to ensure that heavy vehicle laws are harmonised across all Australian states and that the law becomes fit for purpose. We are confident that the relations between NatRoad and NHVR are going to be strengthened and deepened to the benefit of the road transport industry.
“Duncan Gay’s extensive experience as the NSW Roads and Freight Minister sets NHVR on the path toward reforms to place the highest value on road transport businesses across Australia. Ken Lay has a distinguished career in the public service, including as Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police.
“He has been on the Prime Minister’s National Ice Taskforce, a problem that must be addressed urgently. We look at the appointment as a great opportunity to further strengthen the role of NHVR in supporting a robust regulatory framework.
“NatRoad would also like to thank the outgoing Board Chair Bruce Baird AM and board member Vincent Tremaine for their contribution to the industry.”
The Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association of NSW worked closely with Duncan during his tenure as NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight in introducing stamp duty exemptions on trailers, improved heavy vehicle access, streamlining transfer of truck registration from federal plates to NSW plates and introduction of the inaugural NSW freight and ports strategy.
“Duncan is well respected within the livestock, bulk and rural transport communities,” said Lynley Miners. “His straight-forward approach and willingness to take on challenging issues for the heavy vehicle sector are welcomed with open arms.”