In this video the Council General Manager for Blacktown backs truck productivity improvements by reducing the number of permits using pre-approvals. This is the latest video released by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and shows Blacktown City Council talking about its developing understanding of ways to improve productive access for the trucking industry.
Blacktown has moved to embrace newer, modern and safer heavy vehicles administered under the NHVR’s Performance-Based Standards (PBS) scheme, bringing benefits to the local economy.
“By reducing red tape for PBS vehicle access, Blacktown City Council has improved the productivity of local businesses, reduced congestion by having less truck trips for the same amount of freight, and improved safety on the busy Western Sydney road network,” said Sal Petroccitto, NHVR CEO. “Local government in focus is the third in a series of videos to assist councils to make decisions about their road networks under the National Heavy Vehicle Law.
“Many councils have reduced their administrative burden by progressively removing the need for permits for certain classes of heavy vehicles that meet higher safety standards.”
There are now 1126 pre-approved routes across 284 councils, an increase of more than 60 per cent in the past year.
“It’s critical to our economic strategy that we have an efficient road network that services those industrial areas and allows growth to happen,” said Kerry Robinson, Blacktown City Council General Manager.
The NHVR released the video along with fourth quarter performance data and national heat maps. The snapshot shows while permit requests in excess of 28 days has decreased for all local road managers, there has been an increase in the overall processing times of permit applications.
According to the NHVR, this is largely due to a spike in permit applications prior to the July 1 changes to permit amendment applications.