NHVR and local government driving heavy vehicle productivity


The NHVR today launched a new video to further assist local government to continue to improve the efficiency and safety of the heavy vehicle industry.

NHVR today told the Australian Local Government Association Conference in Canberra that the new video titled PBS: The Big Picture was another significant step to provide better access for heavy vehicles.

NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto said the work of local councils and the NHVR to expand non-permit networks for high-performance vehicles is reducing the burden on industry.

"We are taking an opportunity to have a much more robust discussion with local government about the benefits that come from having Performance Based Scheme (PBS) or high productivity vehicles operating.

"The NHVR recently established a national PBS Truck and Dog network and a Special Purpose Vehicle network and now we are working with councils to expand those networks.

"We have also signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Local Government Association of Queensland to support their councils to improve their service delivery standards as road managers. We are now pursuing similar agreements with other states and local governments."

Earlier this month the NHVR recently released data showed an improvement in local council processing times in four states.

The NHVR met with 10 councils in western Sydney and 22 at the NSW Country Mayor’s Association earlier this month and will meet with a further 16 councils in Orange this week. NHVR staff will also meet with 16 councils in South Australia later this week.

"We've now met with more than half of all local councils across Queensland, NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia over the past year to assist them to better manage heavy vehicle access," Mr Petroccitto said.

"Input from local government is crucial at our quarterly Industry Reference Forum and regular regional forums."

The video can be viewed at www.nhvr.gov.au/pbs-big-picture