Issue 74 | 10 December 2019
Message from the CEO
Victorian on-road compliance and enforcement services have transferred to the NHVR.
Victoria joins South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT where the NHVR already provides these services, enabling another step towards a consistent approach to heavy vehicle safety and productivity.
A borderless system of heavy vehicle enforcement across the country means operators know they’ll be dealing with the same approach to enforcement from Safety and Compliance Officers, operating under the NHVR.
This is something the NHVR will continue working toward with the remaining jurisdictions over the coming months and years.
As we approach the end of the year, I’d like to thank all those in the heavy vehicle industry for your support during 2019. The NHVR staff and I look forward to working with you in the New Year.
Queensland OSOM processing to transfer to NHVR
The processing of Class 1 Oversize and Overmass permit applications for Queensland will transfer from Queensland’s Transport and Main Roads to the NHVR from the 16 December 2019.
This is the last phase of the delegations to return to the NHVR and from this date, all permit applications in Queensland must be submitted to the NHVR via the NHVR Portal.
NHVR Program Director Annette Finch said that the transition of permit processing to the NHVR would provide industry and road managers with a consistent approach to road access permits in Queensland and will allow them to utilise the benefits of the NHVR Portal.
National fatigue operation underway
The NHVR is urging heavy vehicle drivers to take care in the lead up to Christmas while Authorised Officers conduct a multi-agency fatigue compliance operation.
NHVR Chief Operations Officer Paul Salvati said the latest Operation Wake Up, coordinated by the NHVR, was underway across Australia with Authorised Officers checking drivers for compliance with fatigue regulations.
“Making sure that you’re managing your fatigue is one of the most important things you can do as a heavy vehicle operator to keep yourself and other road users safe,” Paul said.
Victorian transitions escort services and on-road compliance to the NHVR
All VicRoads on-road services have transitioned to the NHVR, with Victoria joining South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said operators would see distinctive NHVR uniforms and vehicles on Victorian roads.
“As a national regulator, the NHVR can provide nationally consistent training and enforcement methods and resources, and undertake more complex, cross-border Chain of Responsibility investigations,” Sal said.
“The borderless delivery of these services is another step towards consistency that supports productivity for operators and makes our roads safer for everyone.”
Christmas and New Year's hours
From Wednesday 25 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020 inclusive, the NHVR offices will close for the Christmas/New Year break.
Our call centre will be closed on the national public holidays and open all other business days from 8am-6pm (AEDT). During this time we will continue to process access permit applications, but we will not be processing any other types of applications (i.e. fatigue, NHVAS, PBS or vehicle standards).
The Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Line will be closed Monday 23 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020 inclusive. If it’s an emergency or there’s a safety risk happening on the road right now, call 000.
Please be aware that other road managers, such as local governments, may have limited to no service available during the Christmas/New Year’s period. This may delay the assessment and consent process. Further enquiries regarding road manager operating hours and levels of service should be made directly with the relevant council or agency.
PBS demo day in Bundaberg a great success
The final NHVR Performance Based Standards (PBS) demonstration day for 2019 was held in Bundaberg last week.
NHVR Stakeholder Officer Dan Casey said the event was another successful day attended by more than 50 people representing six local councils and industry.
“These events rely on the support of local councils and businesses.
“It was great have enthusiastic input from Bundaberg Regional Council, the Mayor Jack Dempsey and local businesses Isis Sugar Mill and Hawe Earthmoving, as well as Qube Logistics,” Dan said.
PBS access improved at Port of Brisbane
The first Port Declared Freight Precinct in Queensland has been declared at the Port of Brisbane, improving access for approved Perfomance-Based Standards (PBS) Level 2 combinations.
The joint initiative by the NHVR, TMR, Brisbane City Council and the Port of Brisbane will deliver greater efficiencies relating to the importing and exporting of heavier and larger containers that are over current mass and dimension restrictions.
The area will be known as the Greater Port of Brisbane Freight Precinct which includes the area covering Lytton, Hemmant and Murarrie areas east of the Gateway Motorway.
Minor regulation amendments for bus and road train mass
Some minor regulation changes for three-axle bus mass limits and steer axle mass limits for road trains will begin today.
Three-axle bus limits will increase from 20 tonnes to 22 tonne, reflecting increasing average weight of passengers. Previously buses were able to operate in some states at 22 tonne under permit.
The steer axle limit for road trains will increase from 6.7 tonnes to 7.1 tonnes (for tyre widths of at least 375mm). This reflects the increases in modern road trains’ tare weight.
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