NHVR takes legal action against Countrywide Marketing


Earlier this year the NHVR issued warnings to industry as a result of the activities of Countrywide Marketing Pty Ltd (ACN 162 535 622) (Countrywide Marketing) which was purporting to sell advertising space in the 'NHVR Roadbook' or 'National Heavy Vehicle Roadbook'.

Despite requests from the NHVR to Countrywide Marketing and its director, Mr Timothy O'Keefe, to cease using words and images that might imply a connection with the Regulator, Countrywide Marketing has continued to issue publications and communicate with industry participants selling advertising in the Roadbook (and more recently the 'National Heavy Vehicle Compliance Guide' and the 'NHVR Regulations on Disc') in a way that may have the effect of misleading industry participants into thinking there is a connection between Countrywide Marketing, the proposed publications, and the NHVR.

As a result, in November 2014, the NHVR initiated legal proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against Countrywide Marketing Pty Ltd, a related company - NHVR Pty Ltd (ACN 169 150 190), and the sole director of both companies, Mr Timothy O'Keefe, with a view to preventing such further conduct and representations.

If you are approached by anyone purporting to sell advertising space on behalf of the NHVR, and you are uncertain about the nature of their publication, please contact us first to check whether there is any connection to the NHVR.

For more information, visit www.nhvr.gov.au or call 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487). Standard call charges apply. Check with your phone provider.