With the commencement of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and the launch of the national online Access Management System (AMS) by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), Australia’s heavy vehicle industry now has a one-stop shop for fast-tracked access applications.
NHVR CEO Richard Hancock said applying for heavy vehicle access to the nation’s road network had never been so easy. With the HVNL coming into effect, the NHVR has become the single point of contact for access permits, eliminating the need for operators to apply for permits from multiple road managers.
NHVR will deal with the relevant state and territory road authorities and local governments to manage applications from start to finish. Operators only need to submit one online application and pay a $70 application fee for their entire journey, no matter how far they’re travelling.
The AMS will cover all types of access requests including: interstate or territory freight tasks; tasks involving local roads; special access requests (e.g. oversize, overmass, cranes); and special vehicle requests such as performance-based standards (PBS).
The AMS will allow operators to submit access applications entirely online with key features such as the NHVR Journey Planner; digital signatures; unique customer login; and electronic tracking and documentation.
The NHVR will also have dedicated resources to help operators transition to the new AMS, including: NHVR Journey Planner user guides and e-learning videos; phone support line; and specialist case managers.