Se­nate In­quiry call on Over­size Over­mass per­mit sys­tem

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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.

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