The NHVR has joined state and local road authorities to boost productivity and slash red tape for the construction industry.
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the National Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Notice ensured that vehicles like mobile cranes and concrete pumps would have access to a large network of state controlled roads across Australia and we’ll continue to work with road managers across the country to expand this network.
“It is great to see state and local governments working collaboratively with the heavy vehicle industry and the NHVR to provide Special Purpose Vehicles with better access right around the country,” Mr Petroccitto said.
“The productive and safe transportation of these heavy vehicles is crucial to many industries that drive growth in local communities.”
The NHVR developed the Notice in collaboration with the Australian Local Government Association, State Road Authorities, the Crane Industry Council of Australia and the Concrete Pumping Association of Australia.
“Operators of cranes and concrete pumps that meet the strict standards will be given greater access certainty which will improve efficiency for this essential industry segment,” Mr Petroccitto said.
“The NHVR estimates the Notice will remove more than 4000 permits each year.
“We have assessed that more than 98 per cent of the productivity gains will be related to decreased vehicle downtime and reduced administration costs.
“Over the next 20 years, we will remove $130 million in costs that would otherwise flow on to all Australians.”
Crane Industry Council of Australia CEO Brandon Hitch also welcomed the prospect of simplified and harmonised Special Purpose Vehicle access conditions.
“The Notice will progressively become the reference document for the operation of more than 3000 mobile cranes currently operating in participating jurisdictions,” he said.