Permits for heavy vehicle access

The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) which took effect on 10 February 2014 provides for all heavy vehicle access permits to be issued by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR). Difficulties experienced by the NHVR in 2014 in processing applications led to a change of arrangements for issuing some permits. From 1 June 2020 all heavy vehicle permits will be issued by the NHVR.

Prior to issuing a permit the NHVR must obtain the consent of each relevant road manager. The HVNL imposes a time limit of 28 days, on road managers in deciding whether or not to give consent to access and to determine under what (if any) conditions access will be granted. The time limit can be extended by up to six months if a route assessment is required or if the road manager is required to consult with a third party or determines that it is necessary to consult with a local government authority (council).

A road manager may charge the applicant a fee for conducting a route assessment. The access request need not be considered by the road manager until the applicant has paid the route assessment fee.

Permits for travel in NSW and permits for interstate travel

Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) had been delegated by the NHVR to directly issue Class 1 and Class 3 heavy vehicle permits for journeys within NSW travelling on State roads. This delegation came into effect on 25 February 2014.

Councils and other road managers in NSW had also been delegated to issue Class 1 permits for travel on the roads they manage.

As of the 1 June 2020, this delegation is returning to the NHVR. TfNSW and local Councils will no longer be able to issue permits directly to customers.

Heavy vehicle operators will need to lodge all permit applications via the NHVR Portal and the NHVR will seek the relevant road managers consent.

More information about permits and obligations of both road managers and applicants is available from the NHVR website.

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