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B-double operators under new Notice

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) said that B-double operators can take advantage of a new national notice and network, starting today.

NHVR Freight and Supply Chain Productivity Executive Director, Peter Caprioli, said the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle B-double Notice would align B-double requirements across states and territories, including general access for 50-tonne, 19-metre vehicles.

“The Notice is particularly important for the transport of fuel as it has reduced the number of conditions imposed by jurisdictions and creates a national B-double network,” he said.

“This means an increase in mass for general access in South Australia from 42.5 tonnes to 50 tonnes and general access network across the ACT, while general access in Tasmania will remain for 21-metre B-doubles.

“The Notice will align B-double access with a three-axle rigid trucks towing a four axle trailer, which has had general access at 50 tonnes for several years.

“The new Notice also provides general access bridge formulae for all general access B-double operations as well as clearly outlined axle group mass limits and axle group spacing limits.”

The access conditions for a B-double are outlined in the National Class 2 B-double Operator’s Guide.

The NHVR completed consultation on B-double access with state governments in mid-2018 and has now received consent to operate on local road networks with a few exceptions.

The new Notice is part of the current round of the NHVR’s National Harmonisation Program which includes the National Class 1 Agricultural Notice and National Class 2 Road Train Notice.

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