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New crane notices to simplify road access

Crane operations in New South Wales will become simpler and more efficient with the release of two new notices reducing the needs for permits.

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Program Director Annette Finch said the new notices would cut red tape for operators.

“These notices will allow crane operators the flexibility to meet their operational requirements without the need for a permit on an approved network,” Finch said.

“The 4 & 5 Axle All Terrain Crane Notice and the Crane and Dolly Notice will come into effect this week, reducing the need for operators to apply for permits.

“We have also been working closely with local government and industry to improve access for smaller special purpose vehicles (SPV) in New South Wales, including a high proportion of the drill rig fleet and the concrete pump fleet that can now operate under the National Class 1 SPV Notice 2016. “

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Finch said the regulator has undertaken work in preparation for the transition of NSW 1 SPV permit application process returning to NHVR later in July.

“Through reviewing these arrangements and providing additional training to road managers, we’ve seen a significant increase in access to local government roads,” she said.

“This is a great outcome that will make things easier for operators and road managers, while keeping our roads safe and productive.”

Roads and Maritime Services NSW (RMS) Director Freight, Susie Mackay, said assisting and supporting industry to safely move equipment around the road network is a vital part of the agency’s work.

“RMS will continue to work with local councils and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to deliver greater national harmonisation with better safety and efficiency outcomes for industry and local communities,” Mackay said.

Concrete Pumping Association of Australia CEO, Craig Heidrich, said that the improved access for the concrete pump fleet was great news for the industry.

“We’re very happy to see this improvement which will reduce the burden on our operators and make access easier,” Heidrich said.

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