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2014 LGA Roads & Work Conference – 27, 28 & 29 August Big Wheels Keep on Rolling Introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

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1 2014 LGA Roads & Work Conference – 27, 28 & 29 August Big Wheels Keep on Rolling Introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law

2 Introduction  On 10 February 2014 the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) commenced in six jurisdictions o Queensland o New South Wales o Victoria o South Australia o Australian Capital Territory o Tasmania  From this date the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) became responsible for the regulation of all vehicles with a GVM > 4.5tonne Big Wheels Keep on Rolling– Introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law

3 What were the implications for South Australia?  The NHVR became responsible for granting access to the road network via a mass and dimension notice or permit  The HVNL introduced the concept of a “Road Manager” - who is an authority, person or body responsible for the care, control or management of a road  In South Australia the Commissioner of Highways, along with Councils were deemed to be Road Managers  Under the HVNL the Road Manager is responsible for providing consent to the NHVR for heavy vehicles to: o access the road network, and o determining the appropriate road and travel conditions that may apply to that access Big Wheels Keep on Rolling – Introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law

4 Impacts of the HVNL on Heavy Vehicle Operators  From 10 February, 2014, Transport Agencies such as DPTI no longer had direct control over the issue of a mass and dimension permit and/or notice  All applications for a permits were required to be submitted to the NHVR in Queensland  Chapter 4 of the HVNL required consent be sought from all Road Managers prior to a permit being issued  Prior to the introduction of the HVNL the term Road Manager did not exist and no explicit requirement for consent existed in the Road Traffic Act, 1961 Big Wheels Keep on Rolling – Introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law

5 Impacts (cont)  Prior to the commencement of the HVNL approx permits were issued p/annum – this equated to 450 permits per day  South Australia issued approx permits p/annum – this equated to 65 permits per day  The requirement to obtain explicit consent in conjunction with system failures within the NHVR’s office resulted in significant delays to the heavy vehicle industry in receiving permits  Large sections of the heavy vehicle industry such as Oversize / Overmass, Special Purpose Vehicles sectors who rely heavily on permits to operate vehicles on road were unable function effectively or efficiently Big Wheels Keep on Rolling – Introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law

6 The Interim Solution  As a result of the delays DPTI accepted a delegation from the NHVR which took effective from Wednesday 26 February 2014  The delegation from the NHVR provided for DPTI to undertake the following functions on their behalf: o issues permits for Class 1 and Class 3 vehicles for travel within South Australia o obtain consent from Road Managers for access in relation to applications for Class 1 or 3 permits Big Wheels Keep on Rolling – Introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law

7 Definition of a Class 1 Heavy Vehicle S116 (1) of the HVNL defines a class 1 heavy vehicle as follows: A heavy vehicle is a class 1 heavy vehicle if it, together with its load, does not comply with a prescribed mass requirement or prescribed dimension requirement applying to it, and – (a) it is a special purpose vehicle; or (b) it is an agricultural vehicle other than an agricultural trailer, or (c) it – (ii) is a heavy vehicle carrying, or designed for the purpose of carrying, a large indivisible item, including, for example, a combination including a low loader, but (ii) is not a road train or B-double, or carrying a freight container designed for multi-modal transport. Big Wheels Keep on Rolling – Introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law

8 Definition of a Class 1 Heavy Vehicle (cont) S116 (2) of the HVNL defines an agricultural trailer as a class 1 heavy vehicle, irrespective of whether it, together with its load, does or does not comply with a prescribed mass requirement or prescribed dimension requirement applying to it. Big Wheels Keep on Rolling – Introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law

9 Definition of a Class 3 Heavy Vehicle S116 (3) of the HVNL defines a class 3 heavy vehicle as follows: A heavy vehicle is a class 3 heavy vehicle if – (a) it, together with its load, does not comply with a prescribed mass requirement or prescribed dimension requirement applying to it, an (b) it is not a class 1 heavy vehicle. Big Wheels Keep on Rolling – Introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law

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11 What the NHVR Delegation Doesn’t Cover  The delegation from the NHVR does not cover permit applications for the following: o Class 2 vehicles such as B-doubles, Road Trains o Interstate travel by Class 1 or 3 vehicles  Applications for these vehicles are processed by the NHVR who will contact Road Managers via seeking consent for the requested access Big Wheels Keep on Rolling – Introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law

12 Why Pre-approvals?  Prior to the 10 February, 2014 DPTI commenced work on: o identifying permit based schemes (categories of vehicles issued with permits on a regular basis) o that contained both DPTI and Council roads  The aim of this exercise: o streamline processes o reduce the administrative burden on individual Road Managers by gaining pre-approved consent for high volume permit applications Big Wheels Keep on Rolling – Introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law

13  Initial focus for gaining pre-approved consent has been on the high volume permit applications such as: o renewal of annual permits with no alterations to the routes previously provided or to road or travel conditions o applications for single trip or limited trips and the duration of the permit is up to 1 month; and  the gross vehicle mass for the vehicle is less than 100 tonnes; and  the vehicle or load is less than 5 metres wide Focus of the Pre-approvals for South Australia Big Wheels Keep on Rolling – Introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law

14 Focus (cont)  In early February the first round of requests for pre-approvals were forwarded to Councils in the form of an Instrument of Authorisation  In mid July 2014 a follow up letter was forwarded to Chief Executives of Councils providing further information in relation to the Instrument Big Wheels Keep on Rolling – Introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law

15 Why an Instrument of Authorisation?  No powers exist in the HVNL that allows a Road Manager to delegate its statutory decision making powers to an another entity  No power of delegation in s44 of the Local Government Act, 1999 that extends to the Commissioner of Highways or it’s employees  Instrument is based on the Carltona Principle - which provides for a person to whom a statutory power is vested in to rely on an implied power to authorise an official to exercise the statutory on the person’s behalf  In this instance the Instrument is authorising DPTI to exercise the powers and functions of a Road Manager under the HVNL Big Wheels Keep on Rolling – Introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law

16 What’s next for Pre-approvals  Class 1 - Oversize Vehicles/Loads up to 5m o Carrying indivisible items up to 5.0m wide, 4.9m high (subject to SA Power Networks clearances) and 30m in length, o Vehicles included in this pre-approval are:  Trailer boats up to 2.9m wide  Baled hay (square) up to 4.6m high  Baled hay (round) up to 4.6m high and/or 3.4m wide  Rolls of plastic pipe up to 3.5m wide  Logs & railway sleepers loaded across the tray up to 2.75m wide  Concrete Pipes loaded across the tray up to 2.6m wide  Pin Jib Crane Boom sections up to 3.5m wide Big Wheels Keep on Rolling – Introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law

17 What’s next for Pre-approvals (cont)  Class 1 - Special Purpose Vehicle o Up to 4 axles with a gross vehicle mass of 40 tonne that exceed statutory axle mass limits and /or dimension limits, o Vehicles included in this pre-approval are:  Concrete Pumps – up to 2.5m wide and 12.5m long  Drill Rigs – up to 2.5m and 12.5m long  Elevating Platform (Cherry Pickers) - up to 2.5m wide and 12.5m long  Truck based cranes – up to 2.5m wide and 12.5m long  Pick and carry cranes - up to 2.5m wide and 14.5m long with a forward boom projection up to 5.00m  Carrier mounted mobile cranes – up to 3.05m wide and/or 14.5m long Big Wheels Keep on Rolling – Introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law

18 What’s next for Pre-approvals (cont)  Class 1 Oversize Vehicles/Loads up to 9m o Vehicles carrying indivisible items up to 9.0m wide, 6m high and 50m in length o Includes travel on the Over dimensional routes (OD3, OD4, OD5, OD6 and Yorkeys Crossing) o Vehicles included in this pre- approval are as follows:  Transportable houses  Transport of Mining Trucks/Equipment Big Wheels Keep on Rolling – Introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law

19 FURTHER INFORMATION  DPTI Vehicle Permits Team – Phone  DPTI NHVR Project Team – Phone (08)  NHVR – Big Wheels Keep on Rolling – Introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law


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