Restrictions on all curfew permits, except those related to safety and access, to move general freight and grocery deliveries will be waived by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) as part of the national response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the changes brought freight movements using permits into line with recent legislation introduced by state governments to reduce the impact of curfews or parking around distribution centres and local supermarkets.
“B-Doubles or PBS vehicles carrying general freight to distribution centres or retail outlets may have travel conditions listed in permits or notices based on safety, access or amenity concerns,” he said.
“Officers have been advised that amenity-related restriction will not apply over the next three months, to support the movement of freight," said Petroccitto.
“Drivers and operators will still need to adhere to the safety and access related conditions of each permit.”
NHVR Officers have also been advised to apply discretion to heavy vehicles which may be parked near distribution centres and supermarkets, unless the heavy vehicle is posing a safety risk.
In a statement issued yesterday, South Australian Police’s Assistant Commissioner Ian Parrott welcomed the changes.
“It’s important that we continue to work with the heavy vehicle industry to reduce stress and maintain safety for this section of the supply chain, which is under pressure due to the national response to coronavirus,” he said.
The current arrangements apply to all NHVR participating jurisdictions and will be reviewed on 19 June 2020.
In a recent statement the NHVR has welcomed a commitment from all governments to ensure the on-going movement of all heavy vehicles across state borders.
"While a range of border restrictions are due to come into place over the next 48 hours, all freight movements will continue ensuring certainty for heavy vehicle operators," the NHVR said.
"However, the NHVR is advising heavy vehicle drivers and operators to be aware of some delays where border checks are in place.
"Governments and the NHVR are still finalising advice for the movement of passengers in heavy vehicles (including two-up driving) and the requirements for drivers to self-isolate if operating interstate.
"We will provide further updates as they come to hand."