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Testing enters final phase on NHVR’s IT system

Comprehensive IT system capable of handling 100,000 permit applications under national heavy vehicle regulations is almost ready

November 13, 2013

A new comprehensive IT system to cater for route access applications under national heavy vehicle regulations is almost ready to launch.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) says it is in the final phases of testing its online national access management system (AMS) that will be rolled out when the new regulations take effect.

The AMS will act as the portal for all types of heavy vehicle access requests from across the country, including interstate or territory trips, tasks involving local roads, special access requests such as oversize or overmass freight, and special vehicle requests (Performance Based Standards).

“This is an immense project simply because it has never been done before in Australia. We have built Australia’s first cross-border, cross-authority IT system for managing heavy vehicle access to the nation’s road network,” NHVR CEO Richard Hancock says.

“We need to make sure the AMS can handle an estimated 100,000 permit applications each year.

“With the AMS, operators will no longer need to apply for permits from multiple road managers. The NHVR will be a single contact for operators, dealing with the relevant state and territory road authorities and local governments to manage applications from start to finish.”

Hancock says the NHVR has built the AMS in consultation with industry, road transport authorities and local governments.

“While there are a number of ways to submit an application, using our online channel is the smart way to go, because it will be fast-tracked to the assessment stage,” he says.

The AMS includes an interactive online map service that will display approved routes heavy vehicles can use.

The service is designed to allow operators to plan their journey and identify if an application for an access permit is required.

Road managers can also use to the tool to find out where potential route assessments need to be conducted or to suggest alternative routes.

The AMS will include digital signatures so applicants will not need to print out forms, while operators can register their details with the NHVR and have their information pre-filled on their applications.

Furthermore, all parties involved in an application will be kept informed of its progress through the AMS’s electronic tracking and documentation function.

“Once it is live, the AMS means less time, money and paperwork for busy operators trying to get a vehicle on the right roads,” Hancock says.

The final phase of testing involves an end-to-end test of processing an access permit from lodgement right through to notification.

There is still no word on when national heavy vehicle regulations will take effect.

They were initially due to be introduced in January this year but were pushed back to July.

They were then rescheduled to begin in September until transport ministers set an October 1 deadline. That was scuttled because the AMS was still not ready.

The NHVR says national regulations are due to begin in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania this year. It says the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory will come on board “at a later date”.

Western Australia is retaining its existing regulatory framework.

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