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Published Date 05 Feb 2014

HEAVY VEHICLE NATIONAL LAW

QUEENSLAND CONSOLIDATED NATIONAL HEAVY VEHICLE MASS AND DIMENSION EXEMPTION (NOTICE) 2014 (No. 1)

 

Purpose

1.      The purpose of this notice is to exempt the stated categories of class 3 heavy vehicles from the prescribed mass or dimension requirements specified in the notice, subject to the conditions specified in this notice.

 

Authorising Provision

2.      This notice is made under section 69(1) of the Heavy Vehicle (General) National Regulation.

 

Title

3.      This notice may be cited as the Queensland Consolidated National Heavy Vehicle Mass and Dimension Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No.1).

4.      A Notice mentioned in Schedule 1 to 4 may be cited by the title given under that Schedule.

 

Table of Consolidated Notices

 

Schedule 1: Queensland Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Converter Dolly Combination Exemption Notice 2014 (No. 1).

Schedule 2:  Queensland Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Truck Towing One Trailer Exceeding 19m Up To 31.5m Mass and Dimension Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1).

Schedule 3: Queensland Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Unloaded Trailer and Converter Dolly Dimension Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1).

Schedule 4: Queensland Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Additional Concessional Mass Limits Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1).

 

Commencement

5.       This Notice commences on 10 February 2014.

 

Expiry

6.       This notice expires on 9 February 2019.

 

Dated:  5 February 2014

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Richard Hancock

Chief Executive Officer

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator


SCHEDULE 1

 

QUEENSLAND CLASS 3 HEAVY VEHICLE CONVERTER DOLLY COMBINATION EXEMPTION NOTICE 2014 (No. 1)

 

Purpose

 

  1. The purpose of this notice is to exempt Class 3 heavy vehicles towing an unladen converter dolly from the mass limit in Schedule 1, Part 1, Clause2 (1)(a)(iv), and the dimension limit in Schedule 6, Part 2, Clause 3(1)(a) of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation (the Regulation).

 

Authorising Provision

 

  1. This Notice is made under section 117 of the Heavy Vehicle National Law as in force in each participating jurisdiction (HVNL).

 

Title

 

  1. This Notice may be cited as the Queensland Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Converter Dolly Combination Exemption Notice 2014 (No. 1).

 

Commencement

 

  1. This Notice commences on 10 February 2014.

 

Expiry

 

  1. This Notice expires on 9 February 2019.

 

Definitions

 

  1. Unless otherwise stated, words and expressions used in this notice have the same meanings as those defined in the HVNL.

 

  1. In this Notice

 

‘converter dolly combination’ means—

a)      a combination consisting of a prime mover, semitrailer and converter dolly; or

b)      a combination consisting of a B-double towing a converter dolly; or

c)       a combination comprising of a Type 1 Road Train towing a converter dolly; or

d)      a combination comprising of a truck that operating under the Queensland Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Truck Towing One Trailer Exceeding 19m Up To 31.5m Mass and Dimension Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1) towing a converter dolly.

 

Type 1 road train’ means a road train consisting of a prime mover hauling unit towing two trailers when the combination length is not longer than 36.5m.

 

Note: B-triple and AB-triple combinations up to 36.5m are categorised as a Type 1 road train.

 

 

 

Application

 

  1. This Notice applies to—

a)      a combination comprising a prime mover and semi-trailer not exceeding 19 metres in length, towing an unladen converter dolly; and

b)      a combination comprising a B-Double towing an unladen converter dolly.

c)       a combination comprising a Type 1 Road Train towing an unladen converter dolly.

d)      a combination comprising of a truck that is operating under the Queensland Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Truck Towing One Trailer Exceeding 19m Up To 31.5m Mass and Dimension Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1) towing an unladen converter dolly.

 

  1. This Notice applies in Queensland.

 

Exemption from prescribed mass requirement

 

  1. A converter dolly combination is exempt from the mass requirement set out in section 2(1)(a)(iv) of Part 1 Schedule 1 to the Regulation.

 

Mass requirements - conditions

 

  1. The mass of the vehicle or combination and converter dolly combination must not exceed the mass limits applying to the vehicle or combination plus the mass of the unladen converter dolly.

 

Exemption from prescribed dimension requirement

 

  1. A converter dolly combination is exempt from the dimension requirement set out in section 3(1)(a) of Part 2 of Schedule 6 to the Regulation.

 

Dimension requirements - conditions

 

  1. The length of the vehicle or combination and converter dolly combination must not exceed the length limits applying to the vehicle or combination plus the length of the unladen converter dolly.

 

Additional conditions

 

  1. A converter dolly that forms part of a converter dolly combination, must—

a)      not carry a load; and

b)      have a mudguard firmly fitted for each wheel or for adjacent wheels; and

c)       be fitted at the rear with  a warning sign meeting the requirements of Part 3 of Schedule 3 of the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation or, for a convertor dolly attached to a road train, another sign authorised under the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle Road Train Authorisation (Notice) 2014 (No. 1); and

d)      be fitted with a rear marking plate complying with section 80 of Schedule 2 of the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation; and

 

 

Areas or routes

 

  1. A converter dolly combination comprising a prime mover and semi-trailer towing an unladen converter dolly, may use the routes and areas approved for use by B-Doubles up to 25 metres in length set out in the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle B-Double Authorisation (Notice) 2014 (No.1), and must comply with any conditions that apply to those areas or routes.

 

  1. A converter dolly combination comprising a B-Double towing an unladen converter dolly, may use routes and areas approved for use by roads trains not exceeding 36.5 metres in length set out in the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle Road Train Authorisation (Notice) 2014 (No.1), and must comply with any conditions that apply to those areas or routes.

 

  1. A combination  comprising a Type 1 Road Train towing an unladen converter dolly may use the Type 1 road train routes mentioned in Schedule 2 of the  National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle Road Train Authorisation (Notice) 2014 (No. 1), and must comply with any conditions that apply to those areas or routes.

 

  1. A combination comprising a truck that is operating under the Queensland Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Truck Towing One Trailer Exceeding 19m Up To 31.5m Mass and Dimension Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1) may use the Type 1 and Type 2 road train routes mentioned in that Notice, and must comply with any conditions that apply to those areas or routes.

 

 

Declaration

 

I, Richard Hancock, delegate of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator declare that Class 3 heavy vehicles towing an unladen converter dolly are exempt from the mass and dimension limits stated in the Regulation, and the provided the vehicle complies with the conditions in this notice.

 

Dated:  5 February 2014

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Richard Hancock

Chief Executive Officer

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator


SCHEDULE 2

QUEENSLAND CLASS 3 HEAVY VEHICLE TRUCK TOWING ONE TRAILER EXCEEDING 19m UP TO 31.5m MASS AND DIMENSION EXEMPTION (NOTICE) 2014 (No. 1)

 

Purpose

1.              The purpose of this notice is to exempt a class 3 heavy vehicle comprised of a truck towing one trailer, where the combination length exceeds 19m in length but not 31.5m, from stated mass and dimension requirements of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation (the Regulation).

 

Authorising Provision

2.              This notice is made under section 117 of the Heavy Vehicle National Law as in force in each participating.

 

Commencement

3.              This Notice commences on 10 February 2014.

 

Expiry

4.              This Notice expires on 9 February 2019.

 

Definitions

5.              Unless otherwise stated, words and expressions used in this Notice have the same meaning as in the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

 

Title

6.              This Notice may be cited as the Queensland Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Truck Towing One Trailer Exceeding 19m Up To 31.5m Mass and Dimension Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1).

 

Application

7.             This Notice applies to a truck towing one trailer, where the combination is more than 19m, but not more than 31.5m in length.

 

Exemption from prescribed mass requirements

  1. This notice exempts a vehicle to which it applies from the following mass limits in Schedule 1, of the Regulation—

a)      Section 2(1)(a)(iv); and

b)      In Table 1 (Axle Mass Limits Table), the category ‘Single Axles or single Axle Groups’, item (c), the steer axle limit for another motor vehicle (6.0t); and

c)       The Axle Spacing Mass Limits in Table 2 (Axle Spacing Mass Limits General Table).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mass requirements - Conditions

  1. A vehicle to which this notice applies must comply with the following single steer axle mass requirements—

 

Tyres with Section Widths

Single Steer Mass Limit

Less than 295mm

6  tonnes

At least 295mm

6.5 tonnes

At least 375mm

6.7 tonnes

 

                Note: This is an exemption to the limits under the Part 2, Axle Mass Limits Table, Item 1 (c).

 

  1. A vehicle to which this notice applies must comply with the requirements of Part 2 Table 4(Axle spacing mass limits road train table) of the regulation.

 

Note— This is an exemption to the limits under Part 2, Table 2 Axle Spacing Mass Limits General Table

 

  1. The sum of the masses on each axle or axle group falling within all the possible variations of axle group spacings must not be more than the maximum mass specified for the spacing.

 

  1. The total mass of the combination must not exceed the gross combination mass rating shown on the registration certificate or label issued to the hauling unit, or the sum of permissible axle masses, whichever is the lesser.

 

  1. Concessional mass limits, higher mass limits and steer axle concessional mass limits may be utilised in conjunction with this notice.

 

Exemption from prescribed dimension requirements

  1. This notice exempts a vehicle to which it applies from the provisions of Schedule 6 section 3(1)(a) of the Regulation.

 

Dimension requirements - Condition

  1. A combination to which this Notice applies may be up to 31.5m in length.

 

  1. A trailer to which this Notice applies must have a draw bar length of not more than 5m in length but not less than 3m in length.

 

Note— On a dog trailer, the distance in clause 16 is to be measured between the coupling pivot point on the drawbar and the centre of the front axle group.

 

Vehicle requirements - Condition

  1. A vehicle to which this notice applies must have an operating angle of the drawbar to be within 5 degrees of horizontal when the assembled laden combination is standing on a level surface.

 

  1. Drawbar connections may be part of a fixed or converter dolly. A dog trailer has a fixed dolly unless a converter dolly is used to convert a semitrailer to a dog trailer

 

  1. A vehicle to which this notice applies must also comply with the following requirements of the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation —

a)      Schedule 1, section 109 (Speed limiting); and

b)      Schedule 3, Part 1 (Preliminary) and

c)       Schedule 3 Part 2; and

d)      Either

a.       Schedule 3, section 5 (Warning signs for combinations longer than 22m) and 6 (Specifications for warning sign); or

b.      a flexible warning sign that is attached to the vehicle by use of clips is acceptable, provided that the sign—

                                                                           i.      otherwise complies with all requirements, Part 3 – Vehicle marking, sections 5 and 6 of Schedule 3; and

                                                                         ii.      is attached to a rigid solid vertical surface in a way that the wording and borders of the sign are clearly visible; and

                                                                        iii.      does not flap or otherwise warp under all operating conditions; and

e)      Schedule 3, Part 4 (Braking systems) as though any reference in that Part to a road train were a reference to a vehicle to which this notice applies; and     

f)       Schedule 3, Part 5 (Mechanical connections between vehicles in combinations), Division 2.

 

Certification - Condition

  1. A vehicle to which this notice applies must be certified with the appropriate code under the National Code of Practice for Commercial Vehicle Modifications. The appropriate codes for a road train are S8 for the hauling unit and S11 for the trailers. Approvals for road trains previously issued under the Queensland Code of Practice for Commercial Vehicle Modifications are also acceptable. 

 

  1. A road train certification issued by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (Queensland) is also acceptable for a road train.

 

  1. The certification defined in section 19  is not required for—

a)      trucks manufactured in accordance with ADR 61 and fitted with a vehicle plate or compliance plate containing the words; “ROAD TRAIN” for a road train.

b)      trailers manufactured in accordance with ADR 61 and fitted with a vehicle plate or compliance plate containing the words “ROAD TRAIN TRAILER” for a road train; or

c)       trailers used in road trains prior to the introduction of ADR 61 (1 July 1991). (Note— These trailers may not be accepted for use in road trains outside Queensland).

d)      vehicles registered and approved for use in road train combinations in other States or Territories and the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme.

 

                   Note— Technical specifications for road train units in use prior to April 1998 will continue to apply. However, upgrading to meet the current Code of Practice for Commercial Vehicle Modifications is permitted.

 

Condition - Routes or areas

  1. A vehicle to which this notice applies may only use the Type 1 and Type 2 road train routes and areas set out in Appendix 1
  2. A vehicle operating on a route or in an area mentioned in clause 23 must comply with any conditions specified on the maps for that route or area.

 

Other conditions

  1. A vehicle to which this notice applies is only permitted to operate with the following axles or axle groups—

a)      a single steer axle, or twinsteer axle group; and

b)      a single drive axle, or tandem drive axle group; and

c)       single axles, tandem axles and tri-axle trailing axle groups.

 

  1. A vehicle to which this notice applies must not reverse into or out of a roadway or depot.

  2. In the event of heavy or prolonged rain affecting a route, use of the route may be suspended until such time, as may be determined by a representative of the Department of Transport and Main Roads. 

 

Note— Information on current road closures and current roadwork is available on the following websites: www.131940.com.au or www.racq.com.au.

 

Note— Nothing in this notice exempts the driver or operator of  a truck towing one trailer exceeding 19m up to 31.5m in length from complying with legislation regulating the use of heavy vehicles, including but not limited to—

a)       compliance with traffic signs including mass and dimension limit traffic signs;

b)       compliance with lawful directions of police and authorised officers.

 

Declaration

I, Richard Hancock, delegate of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator hereby exempt the Class 3 Heavy Vehicles specified in this notice to be exempt from the requirement to comply with the Heavy Vehicle (Mass Dimension and Loading) National Regulation to the extent and on the conditions specified in this notice.

 

 

Dated:  5 February 2014

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Richard Hancock

Chief Executive Officer

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

 

Appendix 1

Type 1 and Type 2 road train routes and areas: Multi-combination Routes in Queensland maps at http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/business-industry/Heavy-vehicles/Multi-combination-vehicles/Maps.aspx  


 

 

SCHEDULE 3

 

QUEENSLAND CLASS 3 HEAVY VEHICLE UNLOADED TRAILER AND CONVERTER DOLLY DIMENSION EXEMPTION (NOTICE) 2014 (No. 1)

 

Purpose

  1. The purpose of this notice is to exempt class 3 heavy vehicles that are semitrailers towed behind road train rated prime movers from the prescribed height dimension requirement in section 8(d) of Schedule 6 of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation 2013 (the National Regulation).

 

Authorising Provision

  1. This notice is made under section 117 of the Heavy Vehicle National Law as in force in each state and territory (HVNL).

 

Title

  1. This Notice may be cited as the Queensland Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Unloaded Trailer and Converter Dolly Dimension Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1).

 

Commencement

  1. This Notice commences on 10 February 2014.

 

Expiry

  1. This Notice expires on 9 February 2019.

 

Definitions        

  1. Unless otherwise stated, words and expressions used in this notice have the same meanings as those defined in the HVNL.
  2. In this notice

Type 1 road train’ means a road train consisting of a prime mover hauling unit towing two trailers when the combination length is not longer than 36.5m.

Note: B-triple and AB-triple combinations up to 36.5m are categorised as a Type 1 road train.

Type 2 road train’ means a road train consisting of—

(a)                a rigid truck hauling unit towing two trailers when the combination length is not longer than 47.5m; or

(b)               a road train using a prime mover hauling unit towing three or four trailers when the combination length is not longer than 53.5m.

Note: An AB-triple combination longer than 36.5m and up to a length of 44.0m is categorised as a Type 2 road train

 

Application

  1. This Notice applies only in Queensland.
  2. This Notice applies to a combination comprising—

(a)    a road train rated prime mover; and

(b)   at least one semitrailer attached to the prime mover; and

(c)    up to two unloaded trailers, and up to two converter dollies carried on a trailer mentioned in (b).

 

Exemption from prescribed dimension limit

  1. This Notice exempts a semitrailer to which it applies from a dimension limit specified in section 8(d) of Schedule 6 of the National Regulation.

 

Conditions

  1. A vehicle to which this notice applies may use a route or area mentioned in clause 16 or 17.
  2. A vehicle to which this notice applies may operate to a maximum height of 4.6 metres
  3. The drawbar of a dolly being carried must be secured to a trailer loaded above it to minimise rear overhang.
  4. A warning flag must be attached to the extreme end of the dolly drawbar.         
  5. If travelling at night, in addition to the flag mentioned in clause 13, a rear facing delineator must be attached to the extreme end of the dolly drawbar and a warning light is attached to the rear of vehicle in the combination which has contact with the road.

Note: Specifications and requirements for flags, delineators and warning lights can be located in the National Regulation.

 

Condition - Routes or areas

  1. A Type 1 road train to which this notice applies may use the Type 1 and Type 2 road train routes and areas set out in Appendix 1
  2. A Type 2 road train to which this notice applies may use the Type 2 road train routes and areas set out in Appendix 1

 

Declaration

I, Richard Hancock, delegate of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, hereby exempt a class 3 heavy vehicle to which this notice applies from the dimension limit stated in section 8(d) of Schedule 6 of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation to the extent and on the conditions specified in this notice.

 

Dated:  5 February 2014

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Richard Hancock

Chief Executive Officer

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

 

 

Appendix 1

 

Type 1 road train routes and areas: Multi-combination Routes in Queensland maps at http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/business-industry/Heavy-vehicles/Multi-combination-vehicles/Maps.aspx  

Type 2 road train routes and areas: Multi-combination Routes in Queensland maps at http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/business-industry/Heavy-vehicles/Multi-combination-vehicles/Maps.aspx  


SCHEDULE 4

 

QUEENSLAND CLASS 3 HEAVY VEHICLE ADDITIONAL CONCESSIONAL MASS LIMITS EXEMPTION (NOTICE) 2014 (No. 1)

 

Purpose

 

The purpose of this notice is to exempt a stated category of class 3 heavy vehicles from specified prescribed mass requirements in the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation (the National Regulation) to permit such vehicles additional mass under the concessional mass limits.

 

Authorising Provision

  1. This notice is made under section 117 of the Heavy Vehicle National Law as in force in each participating jurisdiction (the HVNL).

 

Title

 

  1. This notice may be cited as the Queensland Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Additional Concessional Mass Limits Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1).

 

Commencement

 

  1. This notice commences on 10 February 2014.

 

Expiry

 

  1. This notice expires on 9 February 2019.

 

Definition

 

  1. Unless otherwise stated, words or expressions used in this notice have the same meanings as in the HVNL or regulations made under the HVNL.

 

Application

 

  1. This notice applies to a CML heavy vehicle that is—

(a)    fitted with—

                                                               i.      a single steer axle; or

                                                             ii.      twinsteer axle groups with a load-sharing suspension system; or

                                                            iii.      a single axle fitted with dual tyres; and

(b)   a combination, if the maximum mass permitted for the vehicle under the general mass limits is more than 85t but not more than 120t; or

(c)    a combination, if the maximum mass permitted for the vehicle under the general mass limits is more than 120t.

 

  1. This notice applies only in Queensland.

 

 

 

Exemption from prescribed mass requirements

 

  1. A CML heavy vehicle to which this notice applies is exempt from the following mass requirements specified in the National Regulation

(a)    Section 4 of Part 1, and Table 1(Axle mass limits table) of Part 2 of Schedule 1; and

(b)   Section 2(3) and 2(5) of Schedule 2 of the National Regulation.

 

Conditions – Maximum permissible mass

 

  1. The mass of each axle or axle group on a heavy vehicle to which this notice applies must not be more than the mass limited stated in table 1.

Table 1

Axle/Axle Group

Mass Limit (t)

Single Steer Axle

6.25

Twin steer Axle Group with a Load-sharing Suspension System

12

Single Axle Fitted with Dual Tyres

9.5

 

  1. If, because of the application of clause 9 to an axle or axle group within a particular axle spacing, the mass permitted for the vehicle is increased by an amount above the general mass limits for the vehicle, the mass relating to the axle spacing must not be more than the general mass limits for the axle spacing increased by the same amount.

 

Note – This provision has the effect of ensuring that an increase in the single axle and axle group mass limits will permit a corresponding increase in the axle spacing mass limits in Schedule 1 of the National Regulation.

 

  1. The mass of a CML heavy vehicle to which this notice applies must not be more than—

(a)    If the maximum mass permitted for the vehicle under the general mass limits is more than 85t— 3t more than the maximum mass permitted for the vehicle under the general mass limits; or

(b)   If the maximum mass permitted for the vehicle under the general mass limits is more than 120t — 4t more than the maximum mass permitted for the heavy vehicle under the general mass limits.

 

Note – The steer axle mass exception limits in the National Regulation may be utilised in conjunction with this notice.

 

Areas or routes

 

  1. Subject to clauses 13 and 14, a CML heavy vehicle to which this notice applies may use all roads in Queensland.

 

  1. A CML heavy vehicle to which this notice applies that is a B-double may only use a route that is approved in the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle B-double Authorisation (Notice) 2014 (No.1).
  2. A CML heavy vehicle to which this notice applies that is a road train may only use a route that is approved in the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle Road Train Authorisation (Notice) 2014 (No. 1).

 

Note—  Nothing in this notice exempts the driver or operator of a vehicle to which it applies from complying with legislation regulating the use of heavy vehicles, including, but not limited to, compliance with—

(a)           all mass and dimension requirements in the HVNL, other than the mass or dimension requirements from which the vehicle is exempted under this notice;

(b)           traffic signs including mass and dimension limit traffic signs;

(c)           vehicle standards in the HVNL; and

(d)           lawful directions of authorised officers

 

Declaration

 

I, Richard Hancock, delegate of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator exempt the stated category of class 3 heavy vehicles from the prescribed mass requirements specified in this notice, to the extent and on the conditions specified in this notice.

 

 

Dated:  5 February 2014

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Richard Hancock

Chief Executive Officer

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator