NHVR in Queensland heavy vehicle access moves

Regulator flags OSOM permit transition, Brisbane Port PBS freight precinct

NHVR in Queensland heavy vehicle access moves
NHVR will soon process OSOM permits in Queensland


The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has flagged it will take over processing Class 1 Oversize and Overmass (OSOM) permit applications for Queensland from the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).

It is the last phase of the delegations to return to the NHVR and, as of December 16, all permit applications in Queensland must be submitted to the regulator via the NHVR Portal.

NHVR program director Annette Finch says the transition would provide industry and road managers with a consistent approach to road access permits in Queensland and will allow them to utilise the benefits of the NHVR Portal.

"Previously customers would submit Class 1 permit applications to TMR and all other permit applications to the NHVR," Finch says.

"This return will provide customers and road managers a one stop shop for heavy vehicle permits."

Current heavy vehicle permits issued by TMR will remain valid until the permit's expiry date, unless the permit is otherwise amended by the NHVR.

Class 1 OSOM permits were extended to 12 months in Queensland this year

It comes as the first Port Declared Freight Precinct in Queensland has been announced at the Port of Brisbane, improving access for approved Perfomance-based Standards (PBS) level 2 combinations. 

The joint initiative by the NHVR, TMR, Brisbane City Council and the Port of Brisbane has been developed to enable efficiencies relating to the import and export of heavier and larger containers that are over current mass and dimension restrictions. 

The area will be known as the Greater Port of Brisbane Freight Precinct and includes the area covering Lytton, Hemmant and Murarrie areas east of the Gateway Motorway.

"This initiative will enable increased mass limits for PBS approved Level 2 combinations at masses greater than the current maximum 85-tonne limit, supporting flexibility and diversity in the movement of larger loads," the regulator notes.

"Access will be considered under individual permit on a case by case basis with consideration of a structural assessment and individual combination performance."

"The maximum length permitted will be 30m as per the Performance-Based Standards — Network Classification Guidelines for Level 2B.

"The fitment of IAP and OBM will be required under this initiative."


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