Operators encouraged to contact Roads and Maritime

Operators encouraged to contact Roads and Maritime for heavy vehicle permits

24 February 2014

Heavy vehicle operators can direct applications to Roads and Maritime Services or local councils to obtain permits for intrastate journeys for travel on NSW roads.

Last week the NSW Government announced a co-delegation with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to fast-track permits for Class 1 and 3 journeys on state and local council roads in NSW.

“Delays in the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s system have held up approvals, in the process costing heavy vehicle operators time and money,” Roads and Maritime Director, Safety and Compliance Peter Wells said.

“From tomorrow, the Roads and Maritime on-line permit application system will be re-instated and operators will be able to apply for permits to travel on the state road network.

“Operators will need to apply directly to councils for approval to travel on local council roads. The NHVR will continue to handle permits for interstate journeys.

“We are looking to support the National Regulator and doing what we can to help with the issuing of permits for travel in NSW.

“The co-delegation returns the process back to a similar state as before 10 February when the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator came into effect.

“Our focus will be on sorting out the backlog for NSW permits which have not been processed since 10 February. NSW applications already submitted to the NHVR for travel in NSW will be returned to Roads and Maritime Services for processing.

“The heavy vehicle industry is vital to our economy and Roads and Maritime is doing its bit to ensure business in NSW is not unduly interrupted,” Mr Wells said.

“We are also liaising with the Local Government Association NSW and developing advice and information for councils to help them process permits under the new laws.

“We will be looking to determine what can be done in the immediate future to ensure the national system functions effectively and permits are not held up.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator came into effect on 10 February and took on the responsibility for processing heavy vehicle permit applications.

Roads and Maritime Services generally receives around 1400 applications each month. Ahead of the regulator coming into effect Roads and Maritime worked to clear around 1000 applications, with less than 40 provided to NHVR to process.

“We are hoping to support the National Regulator and the heavy vehicle industry as much as possible," he said.

Mr Wells said the arrangement would be in place until effective systems could be introduced by the NHVR to address the volume of permits.

Operators are encouraged to submit applications with Roads and Maritime Services on line at https://myrta.com/osp or contact Roads and Maritime Services via email spu@rms.nsw.gov.au or phone 1300 656 371.

Operators will receive an application number upon successful lodgement.

A schedule of classified roads and unclassified regional roads can be found at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/doingbusinesswithus/lgr/downloads/information/administration.html

 Contact: Roads and Maritime Services  8588 5999

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