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IN­DUS­TRY ru­mours re­gard­ing changes to the 2-axle bus mass in­crease and a Class 3 No­tice for Vic­to­rian op­er­a­tors – so they can op­er­ate as they were – have been con­firmed, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor, re­cently.

NHVR spokesper­son Andrew Berk­man says the NHVR has been con­sult­ing with the bus in­dus­try and state and ter­ri­tory gov­ern­ments to pro­vide con­sis­tent higher mass lim­its for 2-axle buses with dual tyres to op­er­ate up to 18 tonnes, along with some ad­di­tional safety fea­tures. This sup­ports rec­om­men­da­tions made in the 2014 NTC Dis­cus­sion Pa­per ‘ Mass Lim­its for 2-Axle Buses’, he says.

“The reg­u­la­tion would al­low buses in South Aus­tralia, ACT and Tas­ma­nia to op­er­ate at in­creased mass lim­its, sim­i­lar to those in Queens­land, NSW and Vic­to­ria,” Berk­man ex­plained.

“The ex­ist­ing fleet in Vic­to­ria will con­tinue to op­er­ate un­der a con­tin­u­a­tion of the cur­rent ex­emp­tion, which has been in op­er­a­tion since 2011.

In 2019, all new buses in Vic­to­ria will need to com­ply with the ad­di­tional safety fea­tures.”

Ad­di­tional safety fea­tures to op­er­ate at in­creased mass lim­its in­clude anti-lock brak­ing sys­tems, elec­tronic brak­ing sys­tems or elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol, de­pend­ing on the year of man­u­fac­ture of the bus.

Sources say this amend­ment is sched­uled to com­mence af­ter 1 July, 2018.

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