MC licences now needed for NSW low-loader combinations

Moratorium on multi combination licensing enforcement comes to an unexpected end

MC licences now needed for NSW low-loader combinations
Road Freight NSW general manager Jodie Broadbent.


NSW-based drivers of dolly and low loader combination vehicles will need to hold a multi-combination licence from today.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) in NSW says it is now enforcing the requirement, with a moratorium on that enforcement expiring yesterday.

"As of October 1, 2015, RMS will be issuing penalties to anyone driving a low loader combination without the correct class of licence," a statement from the regulator says.

"If you are driving a combination consisting of a low loader trailer connected to a low loader dolly that is attached to a prime mover, check that you hold a multi-combination licence so that you are not penalised."

Road Freight NSW says it is disappointed the moratorium was not extended as hoped.

It says it has been working closely with RMS in an attempt to resolve the long-standing issue.

General manager Jodie Broadbent says the group will continue to lobby both RMS and the state government "to deliver a more sensible licensing approach for dolly and low loader combinations" but says transport operators should ensure they are compliant with the new licencing requirements.

"I urge affected members to take action immediately to address the new RMS approach," Broadbent says.

Drivers from states that allow holders of heavy combination licences to also drive dolly and low-loader combinations will not be affected by the change.

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