Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor in charge of Rocky road train ac­cess per­mits

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OP­ER­A­TORS OF Type 1 road trains can sub­mit ac­cess per­mis­sion ap­pli­ca­tions to travel along four North Rock­hamp­ton routes fol­low­ing a new move.

The Queens­land De­part­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads (TMR) says trans­port op­er­a­tors can con­tact the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor (NHVR) to re­ceive per­mis­sion to ac­cess many roads in Rock­hamp­ton that, un­til re­cently, did not have the nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture to al­low road train move­ment.

The an­nounce­ment comes af­ter re­cent tri­als con­ducted by TMR de­clared two out of four routes Type 1 road train-ready.

Part of the Queens­land gov­ern­ment’s $500 mil­lion State In­fra­struc­ture Plan, the pro­ject saw up to $10 mil­lion be­ing in­vested to up­grade in­ter­sec­tions in North Rock­hamp­ton.

“Fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of ma­jor­ity of th­ese works, Type 1 Road Trains will no longer have to stop and break­down to a semi-trailer con­fig­u­ra­tion west of Rock­hamp­ton,” state main roads and road safety min­is­ter Mark Bai­ley says.

The up­graded routes will re­sult in re­duc­tion of travel times and the elim­i­na­tion of the need for freight op­er­a­tors to cross-load cat­tle, agri­cul­ture min­is­ter and mem­ber for Rock­hamp­ton Bill Byrne says.

TMR states it will ad­min­is­ter ac­cess for Type 1 road trains “un­der strict per­mit­ting con­di­tions”. Per­mits will be is­sued by the NHVR and op­er­at­ing hours will be re­stricted to be­tween 7pm and 7am, seven days a week.

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