The NHVR has applauded efforts by state road managers to significantly improve the turn-around time for heavy vehicle class 1, 2 and 3 permit applications.
The NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto welcomed the work which has been undertaken with the heavy vehicle industry to process heavy vehicle permits to access roads and significantly improve certainty for the operators across eastern and southern states.
“Data released by the NHVR showed 226 class 2 permits beyond 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,” Mr Petroccitto said.
“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.”
Mr Petroccitto said further work was being undertaken with state governments and local councils to increase the non-permit networks to further reduce the burden on industry and road managers.
VicRoads Director Regulatory Services Eric Henderson said they had listened to heavy vehicle operators and worked with the NHVR to process outstanding permit applications.
“Responding in a timely manner shows the industry that we respect their input and value their efforts to improve productivity,” he said.
“Victoria is the lead jurisdiction in permitting access for High Productivity Freight Vehicles to move more with less.”
The NHVR has just released the latest national snapshot for all participating states.