Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’Brien
Main Roads WA Chief To Head National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Project Board
Victor P Taffa
Main Roads Western Australia’s Managing Director Menno Henneveld has been appointed chair of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Project Board.
Transport Minister Simon O’Brien congratulated Mr. Henneveld and said a strong WA presence on the project board would ensure the needs of the State’s transport industry would be heard.
“Mr. Henneveld is widely respected by the road industry throughout Australia and has a wealth of experience to bring to his role as chair of the project board that will oversee the establishment of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.” Mr. O’Brien said.
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is part of the Federal Government’s wider reform program to reduce the compliance burden for business; improve Australia’s international competitiveness; improve productivity and safety; and make it easier for businesses to operate across State and Territorial borders.
The Minister said the regulator would be responsible for administering the consolidated national heavy vehicle laws covering the operation of all vehicles more than 4.5 tonnes.
Mr. Henneveld will be supported in his role by Ms. Ann King (NSW), Mr. Gary Liddle (VIC), Mr. Alan Tesch (QLD), Mr. Nick Dimopoulos (National Transport Commission) and Ms. Lyn O’Connell (Commonwealth).
The board will oversee the operations of a project office which will be advised by a reference group, comprising senior officer representation from each State and Territory.
It will also be critical for the board to ensure meaningful reform through widespread engagement with industry.
Mr. O’Brien said Mr. Henneveld’s responsibility complemented other high-level positions he holds, including Australia’s First Delegate to the World Road Association and Chair of the Austroads International Committee.
“I welcome Mr. Henneveld’s appointment as recognition of his strong commitment to the people of this State and His strategic vision for a sustainable future.” Mr. O’Brien said.