The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and Victorian Transport Association (VTA) have called upon oversize overmass (OSOM) and Performance Based Standards (PBS) operators in Victoria to ensure they are meeting their access permit conditions.
The joint call was made after a number of operators in the state have recently been fined for a range of permit breaches, including operating with no permits, travelling off-route, having an insufficient number of pilot vehicles, exceeding permitted mass or dimension limits and using unregistered dollies or trailers.
“We’ve also come across vehicles that have exceeded the mass and dimension limits outlined on their access permits,” NHVR Victorian Operations Manager Peter Ervin said.
“We work closely with road managers to provide clear advice for operators to avoid any safety issues or damage to infrastructure, such as bridges or culverts.”
VTA CEO Peter Anderson said that while the heavy vehicle industry had more than proven its worth through both the bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, it was still important to follow permit conditions.
“While the relaxed curfews implemented in recent months have been vital to ensuring goods and services are available, we fully support the access permit conditions in place as they are there for safety of the community,” Mr Anderson said.
“It is important that those conditions be followed.”
Through the NHVR Portal, operators can apply for all their access applications from start to finish and continue to manage the application process and the issue of permits.
Information on obtaining an access permit can be found here.