Biggest Scania Built for Australia

A new R 730 V8 8×8 converted to 10×8 by adding a lazy axle is the biggest Scania built for Australia. The new truck is working for Qube Bulk on its PBS Quad Road Train fleet in Western Australia’s North, in Port Hedland. The Quad sets being used are the largest on-road vehicles in Australia.     The new Scania is intended to run at masses up to 220-tonnes when further developments in the PBS combinations are made....

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Report into the Access Management Failure

A report into the access management failure as part of the launch of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, which happened in early 2014, has been published. The Queensland Auditor-General has published a report on ‘Heavy Vehicle Road Access Reforms’ in has investigated how the NHVR has looked into the causes of the access management system failure, as well as how well it is coping now in taking over the access management...

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Improving Permit Turn Around Times

State road managers improving permit turn around times has been welcomed by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. The latest results show the state authorities have been able to significantly improve the turn around time for heavy vehicle class 1, 2 and 3 permit applications.   “Data released by the NHVR showed 226 class 2 permits beyond the 28 days in March, but a targeted effort by state road managers has reduced this number to...

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Reducing the Permit Burden

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is reducing the permit burden for many oversize and overmass operators with its latest set of notices. According to the NHVR, the new notices will do away with nearly 25,000 permits while still maintaining a high standard of safety for Australian heavy haulage vehicles.     Oversize and Over Mass (OSOM) operators within the freight and transport industry will no longer have to wait for...

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Tri, Tri and Tri Again

It is one of the many things in which Australia leads the world, the tri-drive. Our remote areas, and their public roads have a large population of tri-drive prime movers, in world terms. Here is the latest first to hit the road, this time in the Pilbara. Fusion Contracting is now running this  214 tonne GCM rated Scania with twin steer and tri-drive pulling a quad axle super quad carting Iron Ore. With a payload of 150 tonnes being...

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Permit Portal Preview

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has unveiled details of its customer portal for access permits, in advance of a full national roll-out in the coming months. The new web portal, to be known as AccessCONNECT, is currently undergoing live trials with around 300 heavy vehicle operators.     “We now have over 300 customers online submitting permit requests and already the system is handling almost 15 per cent of the total...

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