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Heavy vehicle access


Maintaining and improving access for transport operators on the 185,000 kilometre road network in NSW is essential for the efficient movement of goods and services. Every day up to 400,000 heavy vehicles use our State roads.

Road management

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Based in Queensland, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is Australia’s independent Regulator for all vehicles over 4.5 tonnes of Gross Vehicle Mass. The organisation administers one set of laws under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and delivers a range of services under this regulatory framework.

Find out more: National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Heavy Vehicle National Law

HVNL requires the NHVR to obtain consent from all ‘road managers’ before a heavy vehicle access permit can be issued.

In NSW, Roads and Maritime Services manage state roads and local councils manage local roads. Road managers have the right of approval or refusal for access requests to their roads.

Roads and Maritime has a responsibility to make sure all road users in NSW use roads safely, while also enabling the transport industry to operate as efficiently as it can on the road network.

Find out more from Roads and Maritime: Road Management Arrangements

Improving access

Higher Mass Limits

To improve access, the NSW Government has removed the requirement to obtain a permit to travel on approved Higher Mass Limits (HML) networks. The NSW Higher Mass Limits Declaration 2015 removed the requirement for over 400 annual permits involving at least 1,200 vehicles enrolled in the Intelligent Access Program (IAP). This has reduced time delays and eased the administrative burden to industry. It is a condition of the Declaration that all vehicles operating at HML in NSW be enrolled in the NSW IAP. Over 96% of the state’s road network is now approved for HML.

Find out more from Roads and Maritime: Higher Mass Limits

New enforceable networks

Access has also being improved through the introduction of enforceable networks that remove the requirement for all newly approved routes for stated vehicles to be published in the Commonwealth Gazette. The New South Wales Restricted Access Vehicle  (RAV) Enforceable Networks Schedule Amendment (Notice) 2015 (No.1) enables all 4.6 metre high heavy vehicles, short combinations, B-doubles and specified road trains operating at General Mass Limits to have enforceable networks.

Another benefit of the Notice is the removal of the requirement for permits for specific road trains, modular B-triples, AB-triples and B-triples operating on approved routes on and east of the Newell Highway.

Find out more from Roads and Maritime: New enforceable networks

Fixing Country Roads

Fixing Country Roads works with local councils and industry to identify important infrastructure upgrades required on rural roads and bridges. Funding is awarded to successful applications that demonstrate benefits to businesses and communities through better connectivity to the state road network.

Find out more: Fixing Country Roads

Bridges for the Bush

Bridges for the Bush is a $280 million program to remove a number of significant freight pinch points on the state road network. It involves replacing or upgrading bridges in the next five years at 17 key locations in regional NSW to improve road freight productivity.

Find out more from Roads and Maritime: Bridges for the Bush