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