26 September 2023

New transport authority to steer safety

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A new transport authority is to be established to manage safety regulations across key transport sectors and unify the expertise of regulators.

Announced by Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Ben Carroll, the new regulator will bring the functions of Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria (CPVV) and Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) together.

“The new, dedicated regulator will lead and manage Victoria’s transport safety regulations and compliance, managing safety for all users and operators of commercial passenger vehicles, buses and waterway vessels,” Mr Carroll said.

“This includes registrations and accreditation for marine, bus and commercial passenger vehicles,” he said.

“It will bring together leading experts to deliver education, support and direction to the operators, managers and users of Victoria’s commercial passenger vehicles, bus and waterway systems.”

Mr Carroll said bringing the two regulators together into one entity would increase safety across key transport sectors by strengthening existing resources and allowing for experience, skills, monitoring and enforcement to be shared across the transport portfolio.

The Minister said all current CPVV and TSV employees would transfer to the new entity and there would be no forced job losses.

“The new single regulator will make it easier for all members of the community, drivers and operators of commercial passenger vehicles, buses and maritime vessels, to access the information and services they need,” Mr Carroll said.

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