NHVR updates B-double operating requirements


New notice aims to streamline conditions for operators nationally

NHVR updates B-double operating requirements
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The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has released a new B-double notice, which aims to harmonise requirements for operators nationally and will start on February 1.

The National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle B-double Notice is an update on the existing document and was completed with productivity improvements in mind for the 19,000 B-doubles operating across Australia, NHVR says.

NHVR freight and supply chain productivity executive director Peter Caprioli says the new notice aligns B-double requirements across states and territories, including general access for 50-tonne, 19-metre vehicles, which are commonly used to transport fuel.


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"The Notice has reduced the number of conditions imposed by jurisdictions and creates a national B-double network for vehicles which move almost half of all freight," he said.

"This means an increase in mass for general access in South Australia from 42.5 tonnes to 50 tonnes, while general access in Tasmania will remain for 21-metre B-doubles.

"The Notice will align B-double access with a three-axle rigid truck towing a four axle trailer, which has had general access at 50 tonnes for several years.

"The new Notice also provides general access bridge formulae for all general access B-double operations."

The new notice is part of the current round of the NHVR’s National Harmonisation Program which includes the National Class 1 Agricultural Notice and National Class 2 Road Train Notice.

The full operator’s guide can be found here.

 

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