Industry mourns the passing of 'Father of PBS'

By: Jason Whittaker


The transport industry is mourning the loss of former National Transport Commission (NTC) Chief Executive Jim Stevenson, who passed away

The transport industry is mourning the loss of former National Transport Commission (NTC) Chief Executive Jim Stevenson, who passed away last week.

The 64-year-old, who was chief executive between 1998 and 2000, is widely acknowledged as the early driving force behind the national Performance Based Standards (PBS) reform and the Australian Road Rules.

In expressing his condolences today, NTC Chairman Michael Deegan says Stevenson made an enormous contribution to the industry and he will be greatly missed.

"Jim Stevenson embraced the challenges of a broad transport reform agenda and oversaw the completion of a substantial work program, which has delivered significant transport savings and safety benefits for Australia," Mr Deegan said.

"Highly regarded as a policy innovator, he became known as the ‘Father of PBS’. His untiring enthusiasm and interest in PBS and other national reforms continued after leaving the Commission, including through his long illness."

While battling ill-health, Stevenson often visited the NTC’s office to keep updated on the reform process.

Stevenson had a long and distinguished career in local government, the Victorian Government and both Commonwealth and State government agencies, with a strong involvement in intergovernmental relations.

"On behalf of the NTC, I pass on my deepest sympathies to Jim’s family and friends. The thoughts of all the current and former employees at the NTC are with them," Deegan says.

An industry source referred to Stevenson as "the best regulatory strategist that Australian road transport has seen"

"He was responsible for directing the NTC to the zenith of its policy and analytic role," the source says.

Stevenson is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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