ATA 2015: Talks continue on removing 28-day permit deadline

By: Brad Gardner, Photography by: Brad Gardner

Government agencies flag a number of potential options to fast-track heavy vehicle permit applications.

ATA 2015: Talks continue on removing 28-day permit deadline
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto


The future of the 28-day deadline given to government road agencies to approve heavy vehicle permit applications is still under discussion, with a number of potential changes to the measure being flagged.

During this year’s Trucking Australia conference, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) CEO Sal Petroccitto told ATN he is in talks with the National Transport Commission (NTC) on alternatives to the existing regime.

The trucking industry has previously lobbied for changes to be made to the time limit, which is enshrined in the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

"The discussion we’ve been having is what is the right outer limit and should it be 28 [days], should it be 14 [days], should it be seven [days] or should it be different for each types of classes," Petroccitto says.

"So that is one thing we are exploring as part of the reform program. Do we need to have an amendment on the outer limit date?"

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) says some governments are using the 28-day limit as a guide instead of trying to process a permit as quickly as possible.

Petroccitto says talks are also ongoing about the clause in the HVNL giving road managers the final say on whether trucks can use their network.

"The discussion around whether the regulator should have the ability to override a road manager or not is still going to need further discussion," he tells ATN.

"I respect the provisions the road managers have. What we are doing is working collectively with them to work out what’s the right way to do it. Whether we will get a change to that provision, I’m not sure but it is something that is being discussed with industry."

The NHVR CEO late last year expressed concerns about the clause during his appearance at the Australian Local Government Association’s (ALGA) Local Roads and Transport Congress.

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