Senate Inquiry call on Oversize Overmass permit system
Alliance of state T&L industry organisations slams permit system
AN ALLIANCE of state transport and logistics industry organisations is calling for a Senate inquiry into the heavy vehicle Oversize Overmass (OSOM) permit system.
The system’s performance and delays in access to routes trucking companies need to fulfil their contracts has led to growing unease in the industry, particularly where the boosted power of local councils is concerned.
“Billions of dollars of projects are being held up because we can’t get equipment to site,” the alliance of the Northern Territory Road Transport Association (NTRTA), Tasmanian Transport Association and the Western Roads Federation ( WRF) tell senators in a document complied in March that has just come to light.
“The hidden cost though is the financial and emotional pressure placed on SME businesses, their staff and families, as they routinely face financial ruin as a result of increasing permit delays.”
Alliance officers also met with a number of senators to raise awareness, including Linda Reynolds, Glenn Sterle, Dean Smith, Malarndirri McCarthy, Barry O’Sullivan and Richard Colbeck, along with staff from Matt Canavan’s office.
The alliance has been careful not to blame the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator ( NHVR) for the difficulties, saying it is tired of finger-pointing between the regulator and the more than 400 road asset managers from local government it must now work with, as well as state and private toll road operators.
“Even though an operator may have had approval for an OSOM move last week, an application to move the same item on the same equipment on the same route to same destination, requires a new project with all route and bridge assessments being done again from scratch as if no such move had every occurred before,” the alliance statement reads.