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 their permits to be approved to get on the road.
“This time off the road is costly for freight businesses, especially small transport operators who work within smaller margins, and whatever we can do to make their lives easier while still ensuring a high-level of safety is paramount,” said Sal Petroccitto, NHVR CEO. “The release of the Notices followed two weeks of consultation to ensure they meet the needs of the OSOM industry.”
“The Notices are a crucial step forward towards national harmonisation, said Petroccitto. “They will cover almost one-third of the number of permits issued in 2015. It is a deliberate move to improve transparency and certainty of access, reduce red tape and allow the NHVR and road managers to better understand the existing differences across borders.
“The Notices will replace existing permit-based schemes in Victoria, NSW and South Australia to allow industry to operate more effectively and efficiently.”
According to Petroccitto, most conditions remain the same within each state, there has been some excellent productivity wins with South Australia increasing allowable length to 30m, and NSW increased allowable mass to 100 tonnes.
At the same time, NHVR will be reducing red tape in Queensland by removing the requirement for a Letter of No Objection (LONO) for oversize loads. Discussions are going to continue with the Queensland Government with respect to their participation in the Overmass Notice to replace existing period permits.
Tasmania and the NHVR have developed a separate OSOM Notice which was published in November 2015. This Notice embodies an innovative approach to access management which the NHVR will be evaluating for a national rollout through the next phase of OSOM harmonisation.