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Crane notices simplify NSW road access

  • Posted on Tuesday 23rd, July 2019.

Two new notices for crane operations in New South Wales will make access simpler and more efficient, significantly reducing the need for permits, according to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

NHVR Program Director, Annette Finch, said the new notices would cut red tape for operators.

"These notices will allow crane operators the flexibility to meet their operational requirements without the need for a permit on an approved network," said Finch.

"The 4 & 5 Axle All Terrain Crane Notice and the Crane and Dolly Notice will come into effect this week, reducing the need for operators to apply for permits.

"We have also been working closely with local government and industry to improve access for smaller special purpose vehicles (SPV) in New South Wales, including a high proportion of the drill rig fleet and the concrete pump fleet that can now operate under the National Class 1 SPV Notice 2016.

"Through reviewing these arrangements and providing additional training to road managers, we’ve seen a significant increase in access to local government roads.

"This work has been undertaken in preparation for the transition of News South Wales Class 1 SPV permit application process returning to the NHVR later this month.

"This is a great outcome that will make things easier for operators and road managers, while keeping our roads safe and productive."

Roads and Maritime Services NSW (RMS) Director Freight, Susie Mackay, said assisting and supporting industry to safely move equipment around the road network is a vital part of the agency’s work.

"RMS will continue to work with local councils and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to deliver greater national harmonization with better safety and efficiency outcomes for industry and local communities," said Mackay.

Concrete Pumping Association of Australia (CPAA) CEO, Craig Heidrich, said that the improved access for the concrete pump fleet was great news for the industry.

“We’re very happy to see this improvement which will reduce the burden on our operators and make access easier,” said Heidrich. "It’s been great to work collaboratively with the NHVR and RMS to get this outcome for our members."

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