From today, heavy haulage operators in South Australia can also temporarily apply directly to their state road transit authority for certain heavy haulage permit applications travelling within South Australian borders.
In line with similar arrangements in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales, to ease processing delays, the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure will temporarily process applications for over-size and over-mass vehicles (OSOM) and special purpose vehicles (SPV) for journeys wholly within the state.
The NHVR will continue to be the first point of contact for all other applications, but is looking increasingly shaky to retain its regulatory role.
Heavy haulage operators in four states can now apply directly to the relevant state road transport authority for certain permits, which should help with processing of those time-critical applications in the heavy haulage sector.
“The NHVR is appreciative of the way in which industry associations and state agencies have quickly worked with the NHVR to ease delays in processing permits. Together with state and local governments, we will monitor these temporary arrangements and consult with industry before returning to standard operations,” the agency said.
Temporary arrangements in each state
From Thursday 27 February, the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure will process all new OSOM or SPV access applications for travel within South Australia.
More information is available from the department’s website at www.onroad.sa.gov.au.
New South Wales (Roads and Maritime Services)
RMS has co-delegation powers that allow the state’s road managers to process all new Class 1 and 3 OSOM and SPV access applications for travel within New South Wales.
RMS will only manage consents for state-controlled roads. Operators must seek consent separately from local governments for travel on local roads.
Visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/heavyvehicles/hv_support.html for more information.
Since Tuesday 25 February, VicRoads has been processing all new OSOM or SPV access applications for travel within Victoria.
Visit the VicRoads website at www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/Moreinfoandservices/HeavyVehicles/HeavyVehicleAccessPermits to obtain the appropriate application form and apply to VicRoads.
Queensland (Department of Transport and Main Roads)
Since 19 February 2014, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has been processing new OSOM or SPV access applications for travel within Queensland.
Visit the TMR website at www.tmr.qld.gov.au/nhvr to obtain the appropriate application form and apply to TMR.
Any access application that was submitted to TMR before 10 February will continue to be processed by TMR, who will also issue any permits.
For more information, visit the NHVR website at www.nhvr.gov.au/road-access/access-management/transitional-arrangements-for-access-permit-applications or call the NHVR on 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487).