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Administered by: Infrastructure and Regional Development
Published Date 06 Feb 2014

NATIONAL CLASS 3 HEAVY VEHICLE - VEHICLE CARRIER EXEMPTION (NOTICE) 2014 (No. 1)

 

Purpose

 

The purpose of this Notice is to exempt the stated categories of class 3 heavy vehicles from the stated dimension requirements of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation (the Regulation) specified in the Notice, subject to the conditions specified in this Notice.

 

Authorising Provision

 

1.      This Notice is made under section 117 of the Heavy Vehicle National Law as in force in each state or territory and section 69(1) of the Heavy Vehicle (General) National Regulation.

Title

 

2.      This Notice may be cited as the National Class 3 Heavy Vehicle - Vehicle Carrier Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1)

 

Commencement

 

3.       This Notice commences on 10 February 2014.

 

Expiry

 

4.       This Notice expires on 9 February 2019.

 

Definition

 

5.      Unless otherwise stated, words and expressions used in this Notice have the same meanings as in the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) or regulations made under the HVNL.

6.       In this Notice—

 

vehicle carrier’ means a heavy vehicle that is a combination designed and built to carry vehicles on more than one deck that is higher than 4.3m but not higher than 4.6m and is either —

(a)    a B-double that together with its load is longer than 25m but not longer than 26m, and complies with section 3(3) of Schedule 6 of the Regulation; or

(b)   a truck towing one trailer, where the combination together with its load is longer than 25m, but not longer than 31.5m (an ‘eligible truck and trailer combination’).

 

Note – Under section 3(1)(d) of Schedule 6 of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation a vehicle carrier may only be up to 25m long if it is designed to carry vehicles on 2 or more partly or completely overlapping decks.

 

Note— A vehicle carrier that together with its load is not longer than 25m is authorised to travel under the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle 4.6m High and/or 25m Long Vehicle Carrier Authorisation (Notice) 2014 (No. 1) to the extent and on the conditions stated in that Notice.

 

Note – A road train that designed to carry vehicles on 2 or more partly or completely overlapping decks is authorised under the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle Road Train Authorisation (Notice) 2014 (No. 1) to the extent and on the conditions stated in that Notice..

 

stated areas or routes’ means the stated areas or routes referred to in a document incorporated in Appendix 1.

stated hours of stated days’ means the stated hours of stated days referred to in a document incorporated in Appendix 1.

Application

7.       This Notice applies to—

a)      a vehicle carrier that is a B-double in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania; and

b)      an eligible truck and trailer combination in Queensland

 

Exemption from prescribed dimension requirement

8.       This Notice exempts—

a)      a B-double that is a vehicle carrier from the dimension limit prescribed in section 3(1)(d) of the Regulation; and

b)      an eligible truck and trailer combination from the dimension limit prescribed in section 3(1)(a) of the Regulation.

Conditions

9.       A vehicle carrier to which this notice applies must comply with the conditions mentioned in the Schedules to this Notice.

 

Condition - Areas or routes

10.   This notice applies in the areas or routes set out in the Schedules to this notice.

 

Route and Areas

11.   A vehicle carrier to which this notice applies may travel on the routes set out in the Schedules to this Notice

 

Note— Nothing in this Notice exempts any person from a requirement other than the obligation it expressly exempts them from, including a mass or dimension requirement imposed by an official traffic sign and a lawful direction of an authorised officer.

 

 

 

 

Declaration

 

I, Richard Hancock, delegate of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator authorise the use of Vehicle Carriers in this Notice in the stated areas or routes during the stated hours of stated days and subject to the conditions set out in this Notice.

 

Dated: 5 February 2014

 

Richard Hancock

Chief Executive Officer

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

 

 


Schedule 1 - New South Wales

 

Stated areas or routes

1.       A B-double that is not more than 4.3m high may use—

a)      the routes set out in Appendix 1 to the NSW Schedule of the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle B-double Authorisation (Notice) 2014 (No. 1); and

b)      the routes set out in Appendix 1 to the NSW Schedule of the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle Road Train Authorisation (Notice) 2014 (No. 1).

2.       A B-double that is more than 4.3m high but not more than 4.6m high may use the routes set out in Appendix 1 to this Schedule.

 

Stated hours or stated days

3.       A B-double that is authorised to use the routes specified in clause 1 must do so in accordance with any restrictions on the hours and days of operation specified in Appendix 1 to the NSW Schedule of the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle B-double Authorisation (Notice) 2014 (No. 1), or Appendix 1 to the NSW Schedule of the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle Road Train Authorisation (Notice) 2014 (No. 1).

 

Conditions

4.       A B-double must comply with any conditions applicable to a route described in clause 1   as set out in Appendix 1 to the NSW Schedule of the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle B-double Authorisation (Notice) 2014 (No. 1), or Appendix 1 to the NSW Schedule of the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle Road Train Authorisation (Notice) 2014 (No. 1).

 

 

Appendix 1

 4.6 Metre High Vehicle Notice 2013 (NSW)

http://www.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/Government-Gazette-21-December-2012_WEB_v01.pdf

 

 

 

 

 


Schedule 2 – Queensland

 

Part 1 – 26m B-double vehicle carriers

 

Stated areas or routes

1.       A B-double that is not longer than 26m may use the routes and areas for 25m B-doubles shown on the Multi-combination Routes in Queensland maps and the list of additional routes set out in Appendix 1.

2.       A B-double that is higher than 4.3m may not use a road where there is insufficient height clearance for the combination to pass without striking or damaging any road infrastructure.  

 

Note— The driver of a Vehicle Carrier that is higher than 4.3m must assess the suitability of a road prior to operating the vehicle on that road. The roads used must be continually monitored to ensure sufficient clearance for the vehicle exists.

 

Stated hours of stated days

3.       A B-double that is authorised to use the routes and areas specified in clause 1 must do so in accordance with any restrictions on the hours and days of operation specified in the relevant documents.

 

Conditions

4.       A B-double must comply with 

a)      any conditions applicable to a route or area described in clause 1 specified in the relevant documents; and

b)      the conditions set out in Schedule 2 of the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle B-double Authorisation (Notice) 2014 (No. 1).

 

Part 2 - Eligible truck and trailer combination vehicle carriers

 

Stated areas or routes

5.       An eligible truck and trailer combination 

a)      may only use the Type 1 and Type 2 road train routes and areas set out in Appendix 1; and

b)      must comply with any conditions specified on the maps for a route or area mentioned in clause 6(a); and

c)       that is higher than 4.3m may not use a road where there is insufficient height clearance for the combination to pass without striking or damaging any road infrastructure.  

 

Note— The driver of a Vehicle Carrier that is higher than 4.3m must assess the suitability of a road prior to operating the vehicle on that road. The roads used must be continually monitored to ensure sufficient clearance for the vehicle exists.

 

 

Conditions

6.       An eligible truck and trailer combination must comply with the conditions in Schedule 3 of the Queensland Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Truck Towing One Trailer Exceeding 19m Up To 31.5m Mass and Dimension Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1).

 

 

 

Appendix 1

 

Routes and areas for 25m B-doubles shown on the Multi-combination Routes in Queensland maps and the list of additional routes

 

Type 1 and Type 2 road train routes and areas shown on the Multi-combination Routes in Queensland maps

 

http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/business-industry/Heavy-vehicles/Multi-combination-vehicles/Maps.aspx


Schedule 3 - South Australia

 

Stated areas or routes

1.       A Vehicle Carrier that is used in a B-double combination must only use a route approved for a  B-double that is not longer than 26m in Schedule 3 the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle B-double Authorisation (Notice) 2014 (No. 1).

 

Stated hours of stated days

2.       A B-double that is authorised to use the routes specified in clause 1 must do so in accordance with any restrictions on the hours and days of operation specified for those routes.

 

Conditions

3.       A B-double, as constructed, must not be higher than 4.3m.

4.       Vehicles must not be carried on an upper deck unless each deck below is fully loaded.

5.       A B-double must comply with the conditions set out in Schedule 3 of the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle B-double Authorisation (Notice) 2014 (No. 1).


Schedule 4 - Tasmania

approval plate’ means a decal, label or plate, issued with the approval of an authority that is responsible for the administration of a corresponding law, that—

a)      certifies that a prime mover is fitted with a Front Underrun Protection Device; and

b)      is fitted in such a way that it cannot be removed without being damaged or destroyed;

Stated areas or routes

1.       Subject to clause 2 of this Schedule, a Vehicle Carrier that is configured as a B-double combination may only use the areas or routes that are listed in the Tasmanian Approved B-double Route Network specified in Appendix 1.

2.       A B-double must not use—

a)      Tasman Bridge if the vehicle is higher than 4.3m; and

b)      Bridgewater Bridge, if the vehicle is higher than 4.3m.

Stated hours of stated days

3.       A B-double that is authorised to use the areas or routes specified in clause 1 must do so in accordance with any restrictions on the hours and days of operation specified, if any, for each road in the comments and restrictions column for that network.

Conditions

4.       A B-double that is authorised to use the routes specified in clause 1 must comply with the conditions about the operation of the vehicle specified in the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle B-Double Authorisation (Notice) 2014 (No1).

5.       A B-double must comply with the conditions about the operation of the vehicle specified for each road in the comments and restrictions column in the Tasmanian Approved B-double Route Network in Appendix 1.

6.       The prime mover of a B-double that is fitted with a bullbar, roo bar, nudge-bar, cowcatcher or other such protrusion at the front of the vehicle, must have the bullbar, roo bar, nudge-bar, cowcatcher or other such protrusion permanently fitted with a clearly legible and conspicuously displayed approval plate.

7.       A B-double must be no higher than 4.3m when not loaded on more than one deck.

 

Appendix 1

Tasmanian Approved B-double Route Network: http://www.transport.tas.gov.au/hv/bdouble_route_network