Larger loads approved for Australian roads

Changes to HVNL allow for larger loads below 42.5 tonnes

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The nation’s transport ministers have voted to changes the rules relating to allowing high volume vehicles onto the road network.

The amendments to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) will allow greater access to the network for PBS Level 1 high volume vehicles, so long as their gross mass is below 42.5 tonnes.

Related: Draft Load Restraint Guide unveiled

The move could result in savings of up to a billion dollars per annum says Acting Chief Executive of the National Transport Commission (NTC), Dr Geoff Allan.

“The changes to the HVNL are fundamentally about boosting the productive capacity of Australia’s freight operators, whilst delivering better environmental and safety outcomes,”

“By allowing operators to deliver more, with fewer trucks, carrying larger, but not heavier, loads – all within the bounds of well-established safety standards – there are benefits for industry, the rural sector, the economy, and ultimately, all Australians.”

While Dr Allan also emphasised that the reforms wouldn’t compromise road safety.

“Road safety underpins everything we do, and this is a clear example of how Australia can be progressive in yielding better productivity outcomes yet still remain focused on improving road safety.”

Related: Scania unveils 10×8 truck ready for 220-tonne loads

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