The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) recently met with industry representatives in Canberra to provide a briefing on the National Harmonisation Program (NHP).
According to the NHVR, the NHP aims to minimise compliance burden for owner-drivers by reducing duplication and inconsistencies across state and territory borders
Industry associations that were present included Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA), Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA), Australian Trucking Association (ATA), National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) and the Australian Logistics Council (ALC).
“Ideally, your vehicle should be able to enter a stated network type (for example, a B-double) in South Australia and then travel through each state all the way to the top of Queensland under the exact same conditions," said the ALRTA.
“While this will be of benefit, it will remain the case that once your vehicle turns off the notice network, you will be straight back into the ‘last mile’ permit system and all of the inconsistencies that still persist across the various state and local authorities.”
The NHVR has reportedly established a government-industry working group to consider options for ‘sensible’ harmonisation.
ALRTA said, “It does appear that the application of an Intelligent Access Program (IAP) to Higher Mass Limits (HML) is likely to remain at the discretion of each state.”
The NHVR will be consulting on the final recommendations in the near future.
Learn more about the NHP here.
This new NHVR chart includes 39 common heavy vehicle combinations with additional information.
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