Intelligent Access Program (IAP)
Since 5 October 2011 it is compulsory for all high risk mobile cranes to be enrolled in the Intelligent Access Program (IAP) as a condition of access to approved roads in NSW. This includes mobile cranes registered in NSW and mobile cranes registered in other States or Territories that wish to operate in NSW.
High risk mobile cranes are defined as:
- All cranes wider than 2.5 metres
- All cranes 2.5 metres wide or less that exceed the mass limits outlined in the current Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Notice
- All cranes with a forward projection exceeding 5.5 metres
Note: Two axle 'Pick and Carry' cranes that are 2.5 metres wide or less with axle masses above 10 tonnes but which do not exceed 12 tonnes will not require IAP but will still be required to carry an Overmass Permit.
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The high risk mobile cranes policy was developed in consultation with industry and the Crane Industry Association of NSW.
For further information please contact us by email email@example.com or by phone on 1300 364 847.
Urban Access Concession (UAC)
Mobile crane operators enrolled in the IAP that have a crane between 2.5 metres and 2.9 metres wide and comply with the other maximum overall dimension limits for mobile cranes stated in the current Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Notice can apply for the Urban Access Concession (UAC). Information on access under the UAC can be found in the NSW Urban Zone Map Overview and UAC fact sheet.
The UAC replaced the Mobile Crane Concessional Benefit Scheme (MCCBS) on 5 October 2011. Mobile crane operators requiring this concession will need to enrol their mobile cranes in the IAP and indicate in their IAP online application that they require the UAC.
Since 14 May 2012 the UAC also provides access to restricted tunnels provided the mobile crane does not exceed 4.3 metres in height or 2.9 metres in width and complies with all the other conditions listed in the current Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Notice. When operating in these tunnels the speed of the mobile crane must not exceed the lesser of 60 km per hour or the speed limit applying to the tunnel in which the mobile crane is travelling. This concession will be added to current UAC mobile crane permits.
Mobile crane operators applying for the UAC must provide a document that confirms the width and length of the mobile crane. For cranes registered in NSW, your Special Purpose Vehicle Exemption/ Approval dated after 1 March 2011 or a Vehicle Dimension Certificate (VDC) will be sufficient confirmation. If you have a Special Purpose Vehicle Approval dated before 1 March 2011, please contact Technical Enquires on 1300 137 302 to arrange measurement for a VDC. For cranes registered interstate, your registering authority’s approval (stating width and length) will be sufficient confirmation. This measurement confirmation must be provided as a supporting document with your IAP application to be eligible for consideration for this concession.
Mobile cranes operating under the UAC must comply with all route restrictions (unless otherwise exempted) contained in the current Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Notice and any related permits issued to the crane.
Urban Peak hour Concession (UPC)
The Urban Peak hour Concession (UPC) has been implemented to accommodate the urban access requirements for pick and carry (Franna type) cranes that exceed the 3.5 metres forward projection stated in the current Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Notice.
The UPC is similar in operation to the Urban Access Concession (UAC) for mobile cranes with the following exceptions:
- The UPC applies to mobile cranes with different dimensions
- The UPC does NOT allow access to restricted tunnels
Mobile pick and carry cranes enrolled in IAP that comply with all the following dimension limits are eligible to operate under UPC:
- Width - not exceeding 2.9 metres
- Forward projection - greater than 3.5 metres but not exceeding 5.5 metres
- Length - not exceeding 10.5 metres, and
- Height and rear overhang - comply with the maximum overall dimension limits for mobile cranes stated in the current Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Notice.
Note: The length of the crane includes the forward projection and rear overhang.
Information on access under the UPC and how to apply for the UPC can be found in the UPC fact sheet.
Mobile cranes operating under the UPC must comply with all route restrictions contained in the current Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Notice and any related permits issued to the crane.
Class 1 IAP Mobile Crane Alternate Configuration Journey Permit
An all-terrain mobile crane enrolled and participating in IAP in NSW can apply for a Class 1 IAP Mobile Crane Alternate Configuration Journey Permit (ACJP). This permit allows a mobile crane to obtain route access by travelling temporarily at a mass which varies from the approved mass described in the IAP Mobile Crane Permit and the Special Purpose Vehicle Approval or Special Purpose Vehicle Exemption. An in principle approval to use the route being sought is required prior to lodging a completed application. This can be obtained by contacting the Intelligent Access Unit on 1300 364 847 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A certified weigh bridge ticket, pre-dated to a maximum of three days prior to the date the application is received by Roads and Maritime, must be included to verify that the mass has been reduced. The maximum period for which an ACJP will be issued is 14 days. More information on the ACJP is available at High Risk Mobile Cranes Frequently Asked Questions.
Class 1 IAP Mobile Crane Alternate Configuration Permit
An eligible all-terrain mobile crane enrolled and participating in IAP in NSW can apply for a Class 1 IAP Mobile Crane Alternate Configuration Permit (ACP). This permit allows an operator to obtain access to a second network when travelling in a configuration different to that in the IAP Mobile Crane Permit. This means that an operator with a registered eligible mobile crane and boom dolly, who holds an IAP Permit for a base network and an ACP, is able to travel with and without the boom dolly fitted to the crane. An ACP is valid for up to 12 months. More information on the ACP is available at High Risk Mobile Cranes Frequently Asked Questions.