NHVR looks to expand non-permit networks

The regulator releases video to spread its productivity and safety message across local councils

NHVR looks to expand non-permit networks
Sal Petroccitto is having a more robust discussion with local government.


The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has launched a new video, titled PBS: The Big Picture, to help support local government initiatives aimed at improving the efficiency and safety of the heavy vehicle industry.

Unveiling the video at the Australian Local Government Association conference in Canberra today, the NHVR says it is working to provide better access for heavy vehicles.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says the work of local councils and the NHVR to expand non-permit networks for high-performance vehicles is reducing the burden on the industry.

"We are taking an opportunity to have a much more robust discussion with local government about the benefits that come from having Performance Based Scheme (PBS) or high productivity vehicles operating," Petroccitto says.

"The NHVR recently established a national PBS Truck and Dog network and a Special Purpose Vehicle network and now we are working with councils to expand those networks.

"We have also signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Local Government Association of Queensland to support their councils to improve their service delivery standards as road managers.

"We are now pursuing similar agreements with other states and local governments."

Last month, the NHVR published data reflecting improvement in local council processing times in Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania.

The NHVR met with 10 councils in western Sydney and at the NSW Country Mayor’s Association earlier this month, and is planning to meet another 16 councils in Orange this week.

The regulator is also scheduled to meet with 16 councils in South Australia later this week.

"We’ve now met with more than half of all local councils across Queensland, NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia over the past year to assist them to better manage heavy vehicle access.

"Input from local government is crucial at our quarterly Industry Reference Forum and regular regional forums."

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