Statement from NHVR regarding Qld Coroner’s Inquest


The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has welcomed the Queensland Coroner’s Report into the deaths of Christine and Samuel Leonardi.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said public safety was a primary concern for the regulator.

“We welcome the Coroner’s adoption of our recommendation for a new separate license class for frame steer vehicles and will write to the National Transport Commission on implementing this recommendation,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“We are still examining as a matter of urgency the recommendations relating to speed limiting and testing of each make and model of crane and the possible implications for the crane industry.

“I support ensuring changes are undertaken in consultation with the crane industry, enforcement agencies and state governments to ensure the best safety outcome possible.”

The findings of Coroner John Hutton relate to a crash between a Terex Franna AT20 crane and a motor vehicle at Toowoomba, Queensland, resulting in the two fatalities in September 2013.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator commenced permit operations for heavy vehicles including cranes from Transport and Main Roads in Queensland in February 2014.

The Findings of Inquest are available at


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