WA has win for op­er­a­tors

Coun­cils can no longer charge for re­stricted ac­cess

Big Rigs - - NEWS - James Gra­ham James.Gra­[email protected]­grigs.com.au

AFTER months of back-and-forth dis­cus­sions, Western Roads Fed­er­a­tion is cel­e­brat­ing a win for its mem­bers, with the re­moval of lo­cal coun­cil road charg­ing.

WRF chief ex­ec­u­tive Cam Dumesny said it had been a com­plex is­sue to re­solve but he was thrilled that lob­by­ing by the fed­er­a­tion en­abled Main Roads WA and the WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion to come to an agree­ment.

“It proves that the in­dus­try can achieve re­sults by work­ing be­hind the scenes,” Mr Dumesny said.

“This has been a com­plex is­sue and one that could only be achieved through gen­uine good­will on the part of Main Roads, lo­cal gov­ern­ment and our af­fected Western Roads Fed­er­a­tion mem­bers.”

WRF mem­bers raised con­cerns re­gard­ing charg­ing by some lo­cal gov­ern­ments for is­su­ing of a let­ter of sup­port, known as the Re­stricted Ac­cess Ve­hi­cle per­mit con­di­tion CA07.

CA07 is a con­di­tion of ac­cess ap­plied by Main Roads via a re­stricted ac­cess ve­hi­cle per­mit or or­der, which re­quires the trans­port op­er­a­tor to ob­tain a let­ter of agree­ment from the lo­cal gov­ern­ment to ac­cess spe­cific lo­cal roads.

Without the let­ter of agree­ment, the trans­port op­er­a­tor is not meet­ing the con­di­tion of ac­cess and is con­se­quently breach­ing the per­mit or or­der and not legally al­lowed ac­cess to the lo­cal road.

Fol­low­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion by Western Roads Fed­er­a­tion on be­half of its mem­bers, a de­ter­mi­na­tion was is­sued by Main Roads WA that charg­ing for the CA07 was not the in­tent on the con­di­tion.

As such, lo­cal gov­ern­ment has been ad­vised that the CA07 will be re­moved.

Mr Dumesny said Western Roads Fed­er­a­tion ac­knowl­edged that lo­cal gov­ern­ments needed to have some level of aware­ness of RAV ac­cess to their net­works in or­der to meet as­set man­age­ment needs.

He said Main Roads, lo­cal gov­ern­ment and Western Roads Fed­er­a­tion were con­tin­u­ing to col­lab­o­rate on an al­ter­na­tive to the CA07 that en­abled lo­cal gov­ern­ment to meet the needs of road as­set mon­i­tor­ing.

Of the 188,000km na­tional road net­work, an es­ti­mated 88 per cent of that falls un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of lo­cal coun­cils.

Mr Dumesny said it was vi­tal the in­dus­try as whole was en­gaged in any fu­ture road user charge re­form.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

USER PAYS: Main Roads is con­tin­u­ing to work with lo­cal gov­ern­ment and the WRF to de­velop an al­ter­na­tive to the CA07 con­di­tion.

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