Nation should follow Victorian approach on truck access: VTA


Lobby group wants jurisdictions to pre-approve heavy vehicle access to more routes.

Nation should follow Victorian approach on truck access: VTA
National focus: VTA CEO Peter Anderson wants jurisdictions to adopt the Victorian approach toward heavy vehicle access.

 

Jurisdictions operating under the Heavy Vehicle National Law should follow Victoria’s lead on heavy vehicle access, the State’s peak truck lobby group says.

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has applauded VicRoads’ efforts to open up more its road network to pre-approval, saying the model should be replicated elsewhere.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) wants state and local governments to move toward gazettes and notices to save industry from having to lodge permit applications, and the agency has made significant inroads in Victoria.

"Through its efforts with both industry and local government more than 500 routes, mostly within Victoria have been pre-approved by all road managers. The number of permit and access applications to local government have been dramatically reduced as these routes have been pre-approved," VTA CEO Peter Anderson says.

"Transport operators and local government can now spend less time focused on permit and access applications as a result of the pre-approvals granted.

"The approach taken by VicRoads is to be commended and the VTA urges other jurisdictions to follow suit."

Nationally, governments are averaging 21 days to process a permit application.

Anderson says the VTA looks forward to the implementation of new initiatives to streamline the process.

The NHVR is currently developing a route assessment tool for vehicles operating under performance based standards (PBS).

The NHVR and the body representing councils across Australia, the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), this week committed to working together on heavy vehicle access issues.

Both parties agree on the need to improve access while also making sure local roads are protected.

"Asset protection is at the forefront of local governments’ decision making, however this must be balanced against the need for first and last mile access for freight that will ensure freight keeps moving," Anderson says.

"The VTA welcomes the joint approach taken by the national regulator and its national local government counterpart."

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