Latest snapshot of permit turnaround efforts

NHVR applauds initiatives across all participating states

Latest snapshot of permit turnaround efforts
NHVR's permit processing heat map.


Applauding the work carried out by state road managers to improve the permit turnaround time for heavy vehicle applications, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has released the latest national snapshot for all participating states.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto efforts undertaken to process heavy vehicle class 1, 2 and 3 permit applications to access roads have "significantly" improved certainty for freight operators across the eastern and southern states.

"Data released by the NHVR showed 226 class 2 permits beyond the 28 days in March, but a targeted effort by state road managers has reduced this number to just 50 in the most recent quarter," Petroccitto says.

"VicRoads in particular needs to be congratulated for reducing the number of outstanding permits from 93 in the January-to-March quarter, down to six in the April-to-June period.

"This is an excellent result for the heavy vehicle industry and encouraging to see jurisdictions willing to engage both the NHVR and industry to ensure the application backlog is addressed."

NHVR states that more work is being carried out in conjunction with state governments and local councils to increase the non-permit networks to further reduce the burden on the industry.

To that effect, the regulator launched a new video last month that aims to support local government initiatives in this area.

VicRoads regulatory services director Eric Henderson says the roads authority discussed the issue with heavy vehicle operators and worked with the NHVR to process outstanding permit applications.

"Responding in a timely manner shows the industry that we respect their input and value their efforts to improve productivity," Henderson says.

"Victoria is the lead jurisdiction in permitting access for High Productivity Freight Vehicles to move more with less."

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