For local governments the compliance responsibilities under the National Heavy Vehicle Law has placed significant additional pressure on their already stretched resources.
To ease the burden, the LGAQ has worked with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to establish pre-approved routes, effectively becoming an ‘authority’ for the Regulator to act on behalf of a road owner. Industry is still required to apply for a permit.
Pre-approval of local government roads will free up resources to concentrate on the ‘complex’ applications and reduce the compliance expense for councils
Pre-approvals have proven to be successful in other jurisdictions, with permit processing times being drastically reduced as a result. The average road manager consent response time in Queensland was 13.08 days in February 2014 to January 2015, well behind the timeframes achieved in Victoria (7.23 days) and South Australia (5.94), where pre-approvals are in place.