Local Government Update
The NHVR’s Strategic Local Government Assessment Project (SLGAAP) provides a significant opportunity for local governments across Australia to support heavy vehicle productivity.
The pilot phase of the project is well underway with 100 bridges and culverts across 12 councils now being assessed by engineers and nominations are now open for Round 1 asset assessments.
One of the councils already benefiting is Toowoomba Regional Council, recently visited by NHVR Chief Regulatory Policy and Standards Officer Don Hogben.
The NHVR has praised the work of Eurobodalla Shire Council for its effort to incorporate improved freight access into road safety and disaster recovery works.
NHVR Stakeholder Manager (NSW) Tim Hansen said several road managers across NSW were taking an innovative approach to improved freight routes, as part of their road safety programs.
The final NHVR Performance Based Standards (PBS) demonstration day for 2019 was held in Bundaberg last week.
NHVR Stakeholder Officer Dan Casey said the event was another successful day attended by more than 50 people representing six local councils and industry.
“These events rely on the support of local councils and businesses.
“It was great have enthusiastic input from Bundaberg Regional Council, the Mayor Jack Dempsey and local businesses Isis Sugar Mill and Hawe Earthmoving, as well as Qube Logistics,” Dan said.
The NHVR has made a number of recommendations to the National Transport Commissions review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law, including the issues paper Easy Access to Suitable Routes.
NHVR Strategist Fiona Brophy said the NHVR’s response was based on the current and past permit approval system.
“We’ve looked at a range of significant reforms to the process for heavy vehicle operators to obtain access, which incorporate the latest updates to the NHVR Portal, while also allowing for education and training for road managers on their role,” Fiona said
The NHVR will engage with several local governments during the first half of 2020 on the rollout of the Strategic Asset Assessment project.
NHVR Program Director Annette Finch said the NHVR would speak to council about a list of key assets on regional heavy vehicle freight routes.
“In addition to a list of key freight assets, the program will also provide a standardised heavy vehicle framework for bridge information and assessment on key routes,” Annette said.
HVNL Review update
The NHVR recently met with a group of industry associations, government representatives and the Australian Local Government Association to discuss key issues on the Heavy Vehicle National Law Review.
What is the different between a pre-approval and gazettal?
It’s a common question from road managers.
Return of Class SPV Vehicle Delegation in NSW
The NHVR is currently working with road managers in New South Wales on the Return of Delegations for Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs).
SPVs include various types of cranes, concrete pumpers and drill rigs amongst others.
Crane Demo Day
The NHVR supported the recent Crane Industry Council of Australia’s Crane Demo Day held at Liebherr Australia Erskine Park, NSW on June 19. NHVR would like to thank both Liebherr and the Crane Council of Australia for organising the event.
NHVR Portal provides standard conditions library
Road managers are providing operators with more uniform and consistent access permit conditions by switching to the standard conditions library within the NHVR Portal.