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Disaster response sees NSW truck access extension

Need for supplies prompts network opening to more HPVs


Necessity is once again the mother of invention as the New South Wales government moves to fast-track road access to higher productivity vehicles (HPVs) to hasten supply flow into areas impacted by natural disaster.

Regional transport and roads minister Paul Toole says flooding had significantly impacted the movement of freight across the state, preventing operations along a number of rail lines and disrupting access through multiple north-south road corridors.

Therefore, while many roads are only available to 26-metre B-double heavy vehicles, under the changes, access is available to HPVs that meet performance based standard (PBS) level 2B on the state managed road network, Toole says.

“This means safer, modern vehicles of up to 30 metres long fitted with telematics that can carry up to 33 per cent more than a 26-metre B-double, meaning we can get more essential supplies in faster,” he adds.

How Toole hailed greater access for road trains in NSW last year, here

Deputy premier and minister responsible for disaster recovery John Barilaro says the priority right now is to ensure roads are accessible, places are safe for people to return, and businesses can continue to operate.

“The 2019/20 bushfires and the clean-up and recovery efforts that followed taught us a great deal, and having worked on bushfire recovery for the past 15 months, I am taking that experience and those lessons with me to steer recovery following these extreme floods,” Barilaro says.

“The flooding has impacted a number of our rail lines and we are working to get them back up and running as soon as possible.

“In the interim, we are ensuring we can move essential goods by road in safe modern transport vehicles.”

A map of the roads open to Performance Based Standard Tier 1 level 2B vehicles is available on the Transport for NSW Restricted Access Vehicle mapping site.

Access will still be under a permit for some time, however a permit to access a network rather than specific routes can be provided to road operators.

Operators can apply for an access permit via the NHVR access portal.

In further flood response, conditional access on the M1 motorway will be considered for modular B-triple road trains up to 35 metres long, fitted with telematics and advanced safety technologies to move more essential goods along the north south route, which is still heavily affected by the recent rains.


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