National regulator gets support from RMS
National regulator gets support from Roads and Maritime Services
19 February 2014
Roads and Maritime Services is supporting the new National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to process notices and permits for heavy vehicles in NSW and national road freight.
Director of Safety and Compliance at Roads and Maritime Peter Wells said the heavy vehicle industry was vital to the state's economy.
"Roads and Maritime is doing its bit to ensure business in NSW is not unduly interrupted," he said.
“On 10 February, under new national laws, the NHVR became responsible for developing and publishing notices and for processing and issuing permit applications.
“Unfortunately applications are not being finalised as quickly as we would hope and we are therefore going to support the process and send two Roads and Maritime permit experts to Queensland to help review NSW applications.
“We’re hoping this will also help the NHVR better understand heavy vehicle transport needs and associated freight paths and routes in NSW.
“Roads and Maritime is taking all steps to ensure permit applications received from the NHVR are fast-tracked for assessment and access to the state road network.
"We need to ensure freight movements can continue to efficiently deliver goods and commodities to distribution centres, depots, intermodal facilities, supermarkets, farms, saleyards, abattoirs and feedlots.
“NSW is the main freight corridor for eastern Australia and more than 400,000 heavy vehicles travel on our roads each day."
Roads and Maritime received an average of 1400 applications each month before the NHVR went live last Monday.
“The department worked around the clock to clear around 1,000 permits ahead of the NHVR taking on the process.
This was a critical step and showed our ongoing commitment to transport operators," he said.
“A system has been introduced to help track NSW permits, allowing operators to contact the department for information about the status of their applications.
“Roads and Maritime Services has also identified potential refinements and changes to the NHVR permit process and is providing this feedback to the NHVR.
Roads and Maritime will continue to work with the NHVR to help transition services. For information about permits contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit: 8588 5999