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  • Local Government Update - October 2023

    Welcome to another edition of the NHVR’s Local Government Update.

    As you know, the Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP) assists local government road managers to undertake heavy vehicle assessments of on-road assets, such as bridges and culverts. The project works collaboratively with engineering consultants and local government road managers to support better understanding of asset capability and improve heavy vehicle access decision-making.

    In April, I attended the official launch of Phase 2, Round 2, where 125 bridges and culverts on key freight routes in 33 different councils were announced to receive funded engineering assessments. I’m thrilled to report Round 2 was recently completed, and in September, Phase 2, Round 3 of the project commenced.

    You can read more about what Round 3 involves, in the below article.

    During a recent workshop in the Grampians region, SLGAAP made meaningful steps in refining heavy vehicle priority routes. Initially identifying 78 routes across 11 participating councils, the workshop led to amendments in 8 routes, the removal of 7 routes, and the addition of 33 new routes.

    The result is the identification of 104 priority routes in the region, showcasing the dynamic and responsive nature of the project. These routes will help SLGAAP prioritise asset assessments on key local networks with a view to improving access. This is a great accomplishment, and I am pleased we are continuing to see great progress in this space.

    Earlier this month the NHVR also launched its Freight PASS tool. As you will read further in the article below, this new interactive tool is a fantastic asset for road managers, and will boost understanding of the comparative safety, productivity, and sustainability benefits of different freight vehicles for a nominated freight task.

    The release of our Freight PASS tool is the first of a suite of productivity related tools that will be released by the NHVR for consultation in the coming months.

    To assist with any questions you may have we are also preparing a series of webinars to provide more detail around the Freight PASS tool with dates to be sent out next month.

    Sal Petroccitto, CEO.

    Regulatory Advice – Local Government as a CoR Party


    The NHVR has published new Regulatory Advice, providing guidance to local governments who undertake functions which make them a party in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR).

    As the advice outlines, many services, such as waste management and the construction and maintenance of roads and recreational facilities, are delivered using heavy vehicles. The purpose of this Regulatory Advice is to raise awareness among local government that the use of heavy vehicles in delivery of services to the community and businesses make local government a CoR party.

    The CoR is the part of the Heavy Vehicle National Law that makes off-road parties responsible for the safety of heavy vehicles on the road.

    The advice provides information on:

    • What are a local government’s legal obligations as a CoR party?
    • What does a local government have to do to meet its primary duty?
    • How does a CoR party manage the hazards and risks associated with their transport activities?
    • Resources, such as SMS and executive due diligence.

    Find the Regulatory Advice here.

    Enhancing heavy vehicle access: SLGAAP update


    Phase 2, Round 2 asset assessments were recently completed, and in September, Phase 2, Round 3 of the project was launched. Round 3 will see a further 205 asset assessments scheduled across 42 councils which will include inspections, assessments and AIRs (Asset Improvement Reports).

    Upon completion of Round 3, SLGAAP will have conducted 795 engineering assessments across 106 councils nationally, fostering a deeper understanding of bridge and culvert capabilities.

    The primary objective of these assessments is to empower road managers to make informed decisions regarding heavy vehicle access.

    By acquiring a comprehensive understanding of the infrastructure's capabilities, road managers can navigate decision-making with greater precision and effectiveness.

    To complement the assessment activities, SLGAAP has actively engaged in workshops with various councils to commence validation of more than 2,000 priority heavy vehicles routes identified on the local government road network nationally.

    These identified routes will be available in the NHVR Spatial Platform for easier data access/use and fast-tracked for assessment in the program over the coming years. At the workshops, SLGAAP confirms the accuracy of these routes with councils, ensuring the inclusion of additional information or sections if needed, based off direct local engagement.

    Road managers are encouraged to actively participate by informing SLGAAP about priority routes in their respective councils, particularly those containing assets.

    For insights into identified priority routes within your council and to review and validate, email roadassetproject@nhvr.gov.au.

    To nominate a priority route, you can do so via the Priority Route survey.

    A general reminder for all road managers


    The NHVR would like to remind road managers, that requests for access to a road that has sign posted restrictions (for example, a weight limit or no access for heavy vehicles) are to be managed between the road manager (council) and the customer.

    Customers need to apply directly to the local council for approval, as the access permit doesn’t exempt the vehicle from signed posted limits under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

    Where the road manager agrees to exempt a vehicle combination from a sign posted limit, the customer will require a letter from the local council stating that access has been permitted which will need to be carried with them.

    For more on access, visit: www.nhvr.gov.au/road-access

    NHVR launches new Freight PASS interactive tool for road managers 


    The NHVR is excited to launch Freight PASS - a new, interactive tool for road managers to make more informed decisions about the benefits of heavy vehicle combinations on the road network.

    Freight PASS uses more than one million registration data records to assess a range of performance factors for conventional and Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles, including crash likelihood, trip numbers and travel time, and fuel consumption.

    Specifically requested by road managers, the tool delivers on the NHVR’s commitment in the Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan, ensuring road managers are armed with the information and confidence to grant access to high performance vehicles.

    Freight PASS will assist road managers in understanding the comparative safety, productivity, and sustainability benefits of different freight vehicles for a nominated freight task. The new tool will also improve the speed, accuracy and consistency of decisions about using safer and more productive vehicles.

    The tool will fill a knowledge gap when road managers are assessing opportunities to let bigger and heavier vehicles on their roads, to meet Australia’s growing freight task.

    Freight PASS will also support the heavy vehicle industry’s transition to a more sustainable future by helping road managers to better understand heavy vehicle performance and informing industry vehicle purchase decisions to support the transition to zero emission vehicles.

    This is the first of a suite of productivity related tools that will be released for consultation in the coming months. The NHVR will shortly release details for a series of webinars on Freight PASS.

    For further information and access to consultation materials click here.

    Get in touch

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    www.nhvr.gov.au