Safety, Productivity & Environment Construction Transport Scheme (SPECTS)

The Safety, Productivity & Environment Construction Transport Scheme (SPECTS) is a voluntary scheme designed to improve the safety, environmental performance and productivity of heavy vehicles used by the construction industry in NSW. SPECTS is administered and maintained by Roads and Maritime Services.

This webpage provides information on the scheme requirements and benefits.

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About SPECTS

SPECTS is a voluntary scheme designed to enable the efficient movement of construction materials to support the growth of the greater Newcastle-Sydney-Wollongong area by allowing enrolled trucks carrying more materials greater road access in return for meeting higher environmental, safety and compliance standards.

Enrolled vehicles are required to meet the following requirements in return for improved access;

  • Performance Based Standards (PBS) approved
  • Fitted with at least a Euro 5 engine
  • Fitted with a range of safety features
  • Enrolled and monitored in the Intelligent Access Program (IAP) in NSW and
  • Equipped with On Board Mass (OBM) monitoring systems linked to the IAP in NSW.

The NSW Class 2 Safety, Productivity & Environment Construction Transport Authorisation Notice 2016 (Notice) allows an enrolled operator’s nominated vehicles with greater access to a prescribed road network in return for greater safety, environmental and compliance requirements.

Participation in SPECTS is also subject to the conditions contained in the SPECTS Business Rules. View or download the Notice and Business Rules.

SPECTS eligible vehicles and mass limits

SPECTS eligible vehicles may operate up to the maximum SPECTS approved mass limits set out in the table below on routes shown on the SPECTS Network Map.

Eligible vehicle SPECTS approved mass (maximum)
PBS Level 1 and 2A 3 or 4 axle truck towing 3 axle dog trailer* Up to 54.0 tonnes
PBS Level 1 and 2A 3 or 4 axle truck towing 4 axle dog trailer* Up to 57.5 tonnes
PBS Level 1 prime mover semi-trailer combination with quad axle group* Up to 50.5 tonnes
PBS Level 1 concrete agitator prime mover semi-trailer combination with quad axle group* Up to 50.5 tonnes
PBS Level 1 prime mover semi-trailer combination with tri-axle group* Up to 46 tonnes
PBS Level 1 concrete agitator prime mover semi-trailer combination with tri-axle combination* Up to 46.0 tonnes
PBS Level 1 rigid concrete agitator As per PBS Vehicle Approval
* Overall combination length is limited to a maximum of 20.0 metres

 

An operator must not exceed the mass available under the PBS Vehicle Approval and must comply with the lower of the relevant mass set out above or the mass stated in the PBS Vehicle Approval.

The above eligible vehicles may apply for enrolment in the Scheme if they are a PBS approved vehicle that meets the PBS Bridge Loading standard at Tier 1.

Vehicle requirements

Eligible vehicles must have the following safety and environmental features set out in the Scheme Business Rules:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) – on vehicles manufactured on or after 1 January 2017 as defined in the SPECTS Business Rules
  • Roll-over control system on trailer – to be fitted to vehicles manufactured on or after 1 January 2017 in conjunction with ESC as defined in the SPECTS Business Rules
  • Systems to improve visibility and detection of vulnerable road users, such as blind spot mirrors as defined in the SPECTS Business Rules
  • Reversing lights on both truck and trailer as defined in the SPECTS Business Rules
  • Enhanced vehicle visibility markings – using retro-reflective tape to provide a contour outline of the vehicle as defined in the SPECTS Business Rules
  • “Smart” reversing alarm, which adjusts the noise level to be appropriate for the environment that the vehicle operates in, on both the truck and trailer as defined in the SPECTS Business Rules
  • At least Euro 5 diesel engine as defined in the SPECTS Business Rules.

Eligible vehicles must also:

  • Be enrolled in the IAP and IAP-linked OBM in NSW
  • Be currently registered in an Australian jurisdiction
  • Be issued and comply with the PBS Vehicle Approval, which sets out the approved combination and the required national operating conditions
  • Comply with all the conditions set out in the SPECTS Business Rules and the Notice.

An enrolled operator must have in place arrangements that are reasonably capable of ensuring that each nominated vehicle meets all of the heavy vehicle standards applicable to the vehicle and that no vehicle is operated on a road when it is unsafe.

Construction materials

SPECTS eligible vehicles operating under the Scheme are required to carry one or a combination of the following construction materials:

Material Details
Bitumen Resinous or tar-like substance used for road construction and for roofing
Bricks and masonry Includes fired clay blocks; stone blocks; glass blocks; and concrete blocks (often but not always bound with mortar) for construction, also includes clay, glass, concrete and terra cotta tiles
Cement and concrete Cement powder; concrete in wet mix form; crushed concrete; and pre-cast concrete products used for construction (such as noise walls), drainage and landscaping
Fly ash and slag Fly ash is a cementitious material used in the production of concrete and mortar
Slag is a by-product from steel production used in concrete production
Glass Includes glass used for internal and external glazing, as a structural item (eg curtain walls) and for decorative purposes. Does not include non-fixed items made from or including glass such as shelves, table tops and household products
Plasterboard Solid sheets of gypsum between sheets of paper used for walling, includes buckets, tape and other fixings for the installation of plasterboard
Quarry products (including aggregates and sand) Aggregates (crushed rocks) and sand (including manufactured sand) for example, as used in concrete production and as a road base
Spoil and demolition waste

Spoil is dirt and rock excavated from a construction site

Demolition waste is waste material from the demolition of an existing structure including:

  • Concrete
  • Bricks
  • Insulation materials
  • Electrical wiring and conduit
  • Plumbing
  • Reinforcing rods or mesh and other metals
  • Glass; and
  • Wood

Does not include hazardous waste such as contaminated soil or material removed from a structure prior to its demolition.

Steel An alloy of iron and carbon commonly used in construction as structural beams, roofing and concrete reinforcement. May be in the form of rods, sheets, coils or mesh and also includes fabricated items such as stairways, doors and window frames
Timber Milled or dressed timber intended for use in construction including as a structural item, for internal or external flooring or cladding, also includes plywood and particleboard

Drivers will be required to carry a document which identifies what construction materials are being carried and accurately identifies the driver’s origin and destination. A load being carried in or on a nominated vehicle of an enrolled operator may comprise more than one type of construction material. Loads consisting of one or more construction materials together with other types of goods are not permitted.

Enrolment requirements

Operators may enrol eligible vehicle units in the Scheme by lodging an application with Roads and Maritime along with documented proof of eligibility for each vehicle unit, including prime movers, hauling units and trailers.

No enrolment fee is charged.

Interstate registered vehicles are also eligible to be enrolled in the Scheme.

At the time of lodging the application form for enrolment in SPECTS the applicant must provide satisfactory documentary evidence that the vehicle meets all of the conditions set out in the SPECTS Business Rules. The following forms of evidence are acceptable for use for enrolment in SPECTS:

  • Where the vehicle is new and the required equipment and fittings were included as part of the manufacture process a letter or report from the vehicle manufacturer. The letter or report must specify each part of the equipment or fittings that is fitted to the vehicle; or
  • Where the required equipment and fittings were fitted after the manufacture process a letter or report from the vehicle or equipment manufacturer or dealer or supplier or installer who fitted the equipment. The letter or report must specify each part of the equipment or fittings that is fitted to the vehicle; or
  • A letter or report from an Authorised Vehicle Examiner (AVE) certifying that the vehicle is fitted with the required equipment and fittings. The letter or report must specify each part of the equipment or fittings that is fitted to the vehicle. (Note that in providing such a letter or report the AVE is not exercising a function under the Vehicle Standards Compliance Certification Scheme (VSCCS)); or
  • A statutory declaration from the applicant attesting that the vehicle is fitted with the required equipment and fittings. The declaration must specify each part of the equipment or fittings that is fitted to the vehicle.

In addition the applicant must provide:

  • Application form completed and signed
  • PBS Vehicle Approval
  • Letter from the vehicle/suspension manufacturer stating the Road Friendly Suspension (RFS) details of the suspension system(s) certified in accordance with the Commonwealth VSB 11 (if required)
  • Letter of consent from registered operator for registering vehicles in the IAP (if the applicant is not a registered operator).

An applicant may use a combination of these forms of documentary evidence to establish that the vehicle meets the SPECTS vehicle requirements.

Scheme enrolment is subject to annual re-enrolment of all vehicle units. Operators must advise Roads and Maritime of changes to vehicle ownership or registration.

An operator may terminate their enrolment in the Scheme at any time.

All enrolled vehicles, including trailers, are issued with a SPECTS label which must be displayed in accordance with the following:

  • Heavy motor vehicle stickers should be affixed in clear view on, or adjacent to, the driver’s side door (at eye level)
  • Trailer stickers should be affixed to a piece of perspex (or similar) and attached to the rear of the trailer in clear view as near as possible to the number plate.
Sample sticker – Heavy Motor Vehicle; showing the 'tick' logo and the words 'Smarter Safer Cleaner'.
Sample sticker – Heavy Motor Vehicle
Sample sticker – Trailer; showing the 'tick' logo and the words 'Smarter Safer Cleaner'.
Sample sticker - Trailer

SPECTS Map

The SPECTS Network Map shows approved network routes in an interactive map format for the SPECTS eligible vehicles.

Click on the button to launch the SPECTS Network Map
Click on the button to launch the SPECTS Network Map

Using the SPECTS Network Map

The SPECTS Network Map offers pan/zoom, different map views, location search and access to local street images.

Approved routes are shown for SPECTS eligible vehicles

By using the zoom and drag features included you are able to view and print maps at the level of detail and covering the area you need. The search function allows you to centre the map on a geographic location based on an address, town, post code, or a set of coordinates.

Disclaimer

The SPECTS Network Map shows approved network routes, zones and restrictions as an overlay on top of Google maps. Roads and Maritime has no responsibility for and does not guarantee the accuracy of the underlying Google maps.

Roads and Maritime strives to be accurate in showing the SPECTS approved routes, zones and restrictions, however there may be errors and omissions caused by Google maps being incorrect or out of date. Roads and Maritime is not responsible for errors or omissions due to changes to the map by external organisations.

Travel conditions and signposted restrictions which apply to an approved route or area for a restricted access vehicle must be observed. This map should be read in conjunction with the NSW Class 2 Safety, Productivity & Environment Construction Transport Authorisation Notice 2016.

Documents to be carried in vehicles

Drivers are required to carry the following documentary evidence to demonstrate compliance with the Scheme conditions:

  • A document that identifies which construction materials are being carried and which accurately identifies the driver’s origin and destination
  • PBS Vehicle Approval and
  • IAP Certificate of Enrolment in the Scheme.

Compliance and enforcement

To manage risk and maximise the benefits of the Scheme for industry and the community, Roads and Maritime applies a comprehensive risk-based compliance strategy combining on-road enforcement and follow-up investigations.

All enrolled vehicles, including trailers, are issued with a SPECTS label which must be displayed on, or adjacent to, the driver’s side door at eye level as well as on each trailer.

They must also be equipped with an IAP in-vehicle unit to enable satellite-based tracking, thereby providing Roads and Maritime and the community with greater assurance that the right heavy vehicles are operating on the right roads. In addition, the vehicles must be fitted with OBM measurement devices linked to IAP so Roads and Maritime knows how much is being carried on the road and when crossing structures.

Business Rules

The SPECTS Business Rules set out the administrative framework and additional obligations for participants in the Scheme. Participants must comply with the SPECTS Business Rules as a condition of operating under the Notice. Download the SPECTS Business Rules at the bottom of this page.

More information

Roads and Maritime welcomes feedback. Please send your comments or questions to iap@rms.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 364 847.

Documents and forms

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