Heavy vehicle safety a priority in Debbie’s wake

The NHVR is advising heavy vehicle operators travelling in Queensland coastal areas to be aware of emergency arrangements  for areas impacted by Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

NHVR Sal Petroccitto said while the cyclone had been downgraded to a tropic low, its impact across the Queensland road network in the coming days would be significant.

“Heavy vehicle operators need to be aware of their options when it comes to permits, access to the road network and fatigue provisions,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“We want to make sure that all heavy vehicle operators are taking all reasonable steps to be safe during this time and planning their travel.

“Our laws allow operators to apply for emergency permits in cases of emergency or great need. Drivers may also be eligible for exemptions to normal work and rest limits, however operators and drivers still need to carefully manage driver fatigue.”

For the latest information on emergency fatigue and access provisions, visit Tropical Cyclone Debbie information

Queensland Transport and Main Roads and the Queensland Police Service have established the Flood Recovery Road Access Group to manage emergency and disaster heavy vehicle access under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

A dedicated hotline and email address is in operation to provide help, information and emergency access to freight consignors and heavy vehicle transport operators travelling in central and north Queensland.

Heavy vehicle operators can apply for heavy vehicle emergency permits in affected regions that cannot be provided through normal processes. These permits are also available when special access is required in cases of emergency or need.

All affected operators should monitor the Conditions of Operation Database at: www.tmr.qld.gov.au/business-industry/Heavy-vehicles/Excess-mass-and-dimensions/Excess-mass-and-dimension-conditions.aspx

The Flood Recovery Road Access Group’s hotline number is 07 3066 5511 or email floodrecovery_roadaccess@tmr.qld.gov.au

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