NHVR announces pre-advised PBS combination extension

Dangerous goods combinations now included in approval remit

NHVR announces pre-advised PBS combination extension
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The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has expanded performance-based standards (PBS) pre-advised design approvals to include PBS combinations carrying dangerous goods.

Vehicle safety and performance manager Peter Austin says the pre-advised process was improving processing times for applicable vehicles.

"More than 90 per cent of combinations can now receive a design approval without submitting the application to the PBS Review Panel," Austin says.

"The simplified process reduces design approval application processing times from four weeks to three business days."

It continues the regulator’s work in the PBS space in recent months, including B-double combinations up to 30m, and streamlining the PBS access permit process by making it simpler to add new PBS vehicles to an existing vehicle approval (VA).

Read more about earlier announcements in the PBS approval space, here

The NHVR also notes two new notices for crane operations in NSW issued will significantly reduce the need for permits, making access simpler and more efficient for operators

These include:

  • New South Wales Class 1 All Terrain Mobile Crane and Dolly Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2019
  • New South Wales Class 1 4-Axle & 5-Axle All Terrain Mobile Crane Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2019

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) program director Annette Finch says the new notices would cut red tape for operators.

"These notices will allow crane operators the flexibility to meet their operational requirements without the need for a permit on an approved network.

"The 4 & 5 Axle All Terrain Crane Notice and the Crane and Dolly Notice will come into effect this week, reducing the need for operators to apply for permits. 

"We have also been working closely with local government and industry to improve access for smaller special purpose vehicles (SPV) in New South Wales, including a high proportion of the drill rig fleet and the concrete pump fleet that can now operate under the National Class 1 SPV Notice 2016. 

"Through reviewing these arrangements and providing additional training to road managers, we’ve seen a significant increase in access to local government roads. 

"This work has been undertaken in preparation for the transition of News South Wales Class 1 SPV permit application process returning to the NHVR later this month."


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