NSW Operators Welcome Move to Reduce Red Tape for Higher Mass Limit Vehicles Permits
Heavy vehicle operators will be pleased to hear that the NSW government has taken another step to cut red tape for operators.
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The move will open up to 98 percent of the state-owned road network to Higher Mass Limit vehicles, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator proclaimed on it’s website.
In the past a permit was required to operate Higher Mass Limit (HML) vehicles in the state. A declaration released by the NHVR means that transport operators will not need permits to operate eligible vehicles on certain routes, including some regional and council owned roads – assessed and approved routes can now be driven on without permits.
Operators in the state are pleased with the move which most believe is a step in the right direction. Removing individual HML process not only minimises red tape and lessens paperwork, it saves operators 4-7 days which will contribute to increased productivity.
Duncan Gay, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight explained on the NHVR’s website that operators will be allowed to access a number of pre-approved HML routes as of April 2nd this year.
Under the New South Wales Higher Mass Limits declaration 2015 (No.1) the requirement to obtain permits has been removed. Mr Gay said this would improve efficiency and productivity in the industry.
On the NHVR’s website, Mr Gay explained:
“Removing the requirement to obtain permits and offering a higher degree of access certainty to NSW transport operators will improve efficiency and delivery times for industry,”
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The NHVR Chairman Bruce Baird expressed his gratitude to Minister Gar, Roads Maritime Services (RMS) and the industry for the hard work put in to the new declaration. Mr Baird explained:
“Over the past year the NHVR has listened to what our customers want and need. We have made the required changes to our business and results like this speak for themselves. We know that there is still more work to be done, but we now have the right tools to continue delivering outcomes to provide a safer and more productive heavy vehicle industry for the benefit of all,”
Sa Petroccitto also weighed in on the new move. The NHVR CEO explained that the collaboration between the NSW government and the NHVR made the declaration possible, applying the same conditions on the same routes. Mr Petroccitto stated:
“Since 10 February 2014, the Regulator has issued 425 permits involving one or more NSW Road Managers, 389 of the permits involving Roads and Maritime,”
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The move will affect 219 transport operators and more than 1,166 vehicles that are enrolled in the state’s NSW Intelligent Access Program.
The NHVR explained that the declaration would translate to a system that is more productive and straightforward.
Maps and lists of the approved roads, as well approved council roads can be accessed on the RMS website www.rms.nsw.gov.au.