NHVR praises industry

Permits are being processed faster by state transport authorities, NHVR says

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) says class 1, 2 and 3 permits for heavy vehicle road access have been processed faster thanks to work by the NHVR and the heavy vehicle industry.

NHVR chief executive officer Sal Petroccitto says the work aimed to improve certainty for heavy vehicle operators in the eastern and southern states

"Data released by the NHVR showed 226 class 2 permits bey.ond the 28 days in March, but a targeted effort by state road managers has reduced this number to just 50 in the most recent quarter," Petroccitto says.

As stated on the NHVR website, class 2 permits are for "a bus, other than an articulated bus, that is longer than 12.5m but less than 14.5m, that complies with prescribed mass and dimension requirements," or, "for freight carrying vehicles that are longer than 19m".

"VicRoads in particular needs to be congratulated for reducing the number of outstanding permits from 93 in the January-to-March quarter, down to 6 in the April-to-June period.

"This is an excellent result for the heavy vehicle industry and encouraging to see jurisdictions willing to engage both the NHVR and industry to ensure the application backlog is addressed."

Other major improvements in permit processing come from Queensland, which dropped from 54 over-time applications to 17 in the next quarter, and South Australia, which had 11 as opposed to a previous 56.

Despite these achievements, Victoria’s improvement will likely remain unmatched.

VicRoads director of regulatory services Eric Henderson says the NHVR and the industry were calling on VicRoads to improve their procedures.

"Responding in a timely manner shows the industry that we respect their input and value their efforts to improve productivity," he says.

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