Happy new year from the NHVR

Big Rigs - - BIG RIGS | COLUMNS - RE­FORM LEADER SAL PETROCCITTO Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor, CEO

WEL­COME to 2019. I’m ex­pect­ing an­other busy year, and our heavy ve­hi­cle ac­cess team looks for­ward to en­gag­ing with all op­er­a­tors as we con­tinue to work with you to grow pro­duc­tiv­ity.

Pro­vid­ing safe and ef­fi­cient ac­cess to the pub­lic road net­work re­mains one of the NHVR’s most im­por­tant roles.

In fact, it’s a joint ef­fort be­tween the NHVR, op­er­a­tors and road man­agers, who work closely to­gether to get the right bal­ance be­tween safe ac­cess and pro­tect­ing pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture, such as roads and bridges, from dam­age.

The NHVR is not a road owner or road man­ager, but co-or­di­nates a range of ac­cess ap­pli­ca­tions from start to fin­ish, li­ais­ing di­rectly with more than 400 road man­agers, in­clud­ing state, ter­ri­tory and lo­cal gov­ern­ment road au­thor­i­ties, to man­age ap­pli­ca­tions and is­sue per­mits.

A per­mit or an ex­emp­tion through a gazette no­tice is re­quired for all Re­stricted Ac­cess Ve­hi­cles to use the pub­lic road net­work.

You can see the list of Class 1, 2 and 3 Re­stricted Ac­cess Ve­hi­cles in the at­tached box.

Over the past five years we’ve been work­ing to re­duce the need for per­mits – from more than 115,000 per­mits re­quired in 2013 to around 65,000 over the past year.

This re­duc­tion is a good start, but more work needs to be done. Over the past three years we’ve seen an in­crease in the num­ber of pre-ap­proved routes, from 844 to more than 2000.

At the same time the ex­pan­sion of state and na­tional no­tices has also been im­por­tant.

Of­ten these no­tices are small but sig­nif­i­cant wins, fo­cus­ing on a spe­cific part of the heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try.

For ex­am­ple, just prior to Christ­mas the NHVR re­leased a no­tice cov­er­ing the move­ment of plat­form con­tain­ers trans­port­ing freight to and from NSW ports. It will re­move the need for about 800 per­mits a year from the sys­tem.

This no­tice pro­vides an ex­emp­tion to carry plat­form con­tain­ers, such as flat rack and open top con­tain­ers, on a pub­lic net­work with­out a per­mit. It means op­er­a­tors who may nor­mally be re­quired to un­load and reload with­out the con­tainer at a con­tainer freight sta­tion – a com­plex and costly process – can move freight to its des­ti­na­tion with­out this in­con­ve­nience.

In an­other ex­am­ple, last year we worked with state and lo­cal road man­agers to in­crease the load size of heavy ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing hay and fod­der from West­ern Aus­tralia and Tas­ma­nia into drought-de­clared re­gions of NSW and Queens­land.

On a na­tional scale, work is also well pro­gressed on na­tional no­tices for the

move­ment of agri­cul­tural ve­hi­cles and com­bi­na­tions and the B-dou­ble net­work.

In or­der to sup­port the heavy ve­hi­cle ac­cess sys­tem, the on­go­ing in­vest­ment in the NHVR Por­tal has been sig­nif­i­cant.

The NHVR Por­tal now in­cludes the Cus­tomer Mod­ule, the Road Man­ager Mod­ule and the Reg­is­tra­tion Ser­vices Mod­ule.

It is pro­vid­ing greater in­for­ma­tion about the ac­cess sys­tem and trans­parency in the per­mit process.

So if you’re ap­ply­ing for a new or re­newed per­mit in 2019, please al­low enough time, con­tact our case of­fi­cers if you need as­sis­tance or in­for­ma­tion, and track your ap­pli­ca­tion through the NHVR Por­tal.

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