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Published Date 28 Jun 2017

Heavy Vehicle National Law

Queensland Class 1 Heavy Vehicles (Cotton Harvester) Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2017 (No.1)

1.       Purpose

The purpose of this notice is to exempt specified models of cotton harvester from stated prescribed mass  and dimension requirements in  the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation.

1.       Authorising Provision

This notice is made under section 117 of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

2.       Commencement

This notice commences on 1 July 2017.

3.       Expiry

This notice expires on 30 June 2022.

2.       Title

This notice may be cited as the National Class 1 Heavy Vehicles (Cotton Harvester) Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2017.

3.       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—

Agricultural pilot means a person directly associated with primary production who has held an open or provisional driver’s license for at least 12 months, or is an accredited pilot vehicle driver or accredited escort vehicle driver appointed by the Chief Executive of the Department of Transport and Main Roads, to carry out pilot duties under the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995, section 21.

 

Form 4 Guideline means the Guideline for Excess Dimension: Vehicles Carrying Indivisible Articles; Special Purpose Vehicles and Vehicles that require a Pilot or Escort, in Queensland Form Number 4.

 

Form 14 Guideline means the Guideline for Excess Dimension Agricultural Vehicles and Agricultural Combinations; Vehicle and Drivers Form Number 14.

 

Eligible Harvester means a harvester specified in Appendix 3 Eligible Harvesters, and that does not exceed the mass and dimension requirements, or other conditions set out in this Notice.

Zone 2 means the area indicated in the Heavy Vehicle Zone Maps which can be accessed using the following link: www.tmr.qld.gov.au/business-industry/Heavy-vehicles/Multi-combination-vehicles/Maps.aspx

Zone 3 means the cotton growing areas adjoining Zone 2 that lie within the local government boundaries of the Balonne Shire Council and the Maranoa Regional Council.

 

4.       Application

This Notice applies to the movement of eligible harvesters on State controlled roads in Queensland.

Note— An operator seeking to move an eligible harvester on a local road will need to apply to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator for a mass and dimension exemption permit.

 

5.       Dimension Exemptions

1)      For routes in Zone 2 eligible harvesters operating under this Notice are exempt from the following prescribed dimension requirements in Schedule 6 of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass Dimension and Loading) National Regulation:

(i)     Section 7(1); and

(ii)   Section 8.

2)      For routes in Zone 3 eligible harvesters operating under this Notice are exempt from the following prescribed dimension requirements in Schedule 6 of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass Dimension and Loading) National Regulation:

(i)     Section 8.

Note— For relevant areas in zone 3 Form 14 width exemptions apply

 

6.       Mass Exemptions

Eligible harvesters operating under this Notice are exempt from certain prescribed mass requirements in Table 1 Axle Mass Limits Table in Part 2 Schedule 1 of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass Dimension and Loading) National Regulation.

 

 

 

7.       Conditions -Dimension

1)      In zones 2 and 3 the height of an eligible harvester must not exceed 5.3m.

2)      In zone 2 the width of an eligible harvester must not exceed 5.5m.

 

Note— In all other instances, eligible harvesters are limited in dimension by the requirements of Form 14.

8.       Conditions -Mass

1)      complies with the following mass specifications:

 

(a)    front axle mass not to exceed 18 tonnes;

(b)   rear axle mass not to exceed 13 tonnes; and

(c)    does not exceed the manufactures gross mass rating for the vehicle.

9.       Compliance with Form 14 Guideline

1)      While operating under this notice, harvesters must comply with the Form 14 Guideline except for the following sections:

 

a)      4.1 General Requirements – Dimensions;

b)      4.2 Pilot/Escort/Police Conditions - Widths Exceeding General Requirements;

c)       4.3 Pilot/ Escort/ Police Conditions - Rear Overhang;

d)      7.10 Letter of No Objection;

e)      9.2 Escort Vehicle Requirements; and

f)       13 Traffic Control.

10.   Pilot and Escort requirements by type or road and distance of travel

An eligible harvester which exceeds 5 metres in width but is not more than 5.5m in width may travel on a road in Zone 2 but must comply with the obligations set out in Table 1 Pilot and Escort Requirements of this Notice.

Table 1 Pilot and Escort Requirements

ZONE 2 Only (Form 14)

TYPE OF ROAD or AREA

Agricultural Vehicle 5.0m to 5.5m

Pilot and Escort Requirements

Critical Area or Roads (Not more than 50km)

 

1 police escort vehicle and 2 escort vehicles

Crossing Critical Roads and Roads in a Critical Area (By direct route, not more than 1km)

 

 

 

1 escort vehicle and 2 agricultural pilots

ZONE 2 Only (Form 14)

TYPE OF ROAD or AREA

Agricultural Vehicle 5.0m to 5.5m

Pilot and Escort Requirements

Any Major Road (Not more than 50km)

 

1 escort vehicle and 2 agricultural pilots

 

Crossing Major Roads (By direct route not more than 1km)

 

2 agricultural pilots

Any Minor Road (Not more than 50km)

 

1 escort vehicle and 1 agricultural pilot

Crossing Minor Roads (By direct route, not more than 1km)

 

1 agricultural pilot

Short Trips on Minor Roads (Not exceeding 3km)

 

1 agricultural pilot

 

11.   Pilot, Escort and Traffic Control operating requirements

1)      An operator of an eligible harvester must comply with the following requirements contained in the Form 4 Guidelines:

 

(a)    Pilot/ Escort vehicles and operating requirements - section 13; and

(b)   Traffic Control Recommendations - section 15.

12.   Areas & Routes

This Notice applies to the areas set out in Appendix 1 of this Notice.

13.   Structures

1)      Where the height dimension of an eligible harvester is likely to interfere with overhead structures, including cables, or falls within any specified exclusion zone for overhead wires for electrical, communication or rail authorities, approval to operate must be obtained from the relevant authority.

Note— To identify an exclusion zone see the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013, Schedule 2 Parts 2 and 3.

2)      An eligible harvester may only cross state controlled structures such as a bridge or culvert on a road that has been assessed as safe for travel and that is specified in Appendix 1 of this Notice. 

3)      An eligible harvester is not permitted to:

(a)    cross a timber bridge; or

(b)   travel on a structure that is shown as “no go” in Appendix 2.

Note—  Where a structure is shown as a “no go” consideration must be given to another route that can bypass the structure or to floating the harvester across the structure.

 

4)      When crossing a bridge the driver must:

(a)    wait until the bridge is free of all other vehicles;

(b)   travel along the bridge centre-line; and

(c)    ensure the vehicle does not exceed 10kph.

 

14.   Trip Planning and registers

1)      Prior to travel an operator of an eligible harvester must:

(a)    consider the route including what structures the harvester may have to negotiate while travelling along that route, to ensure that travel along that route will not cause disruption to services or damage to property; and

(b)   obtain information about any “conditions of operation” from the Department of Transport and Main Roads website at www.tmr.qld.gov.au/business-industry/Heavy-vehicles/Excess-mass-and-dimensions/Excess-mass-and-dimension-conditions.aspx

 

2)      The operator of and eligible harvester vehicles must keep a trip plan and trip register of all movements undertaken under this notice and make these available upon request to an authorised officer.

(a)    A trip plan and register must contain at least the following details:

(i)     start time, date and location;

(ii)   end time, date and location;

(iii) drivers details;

(iv)  planned route;

(v)    actual route if different from planned route and reason for diversion; and

(vi)  a copy of the “Do Not Cross Structure” maps relevant to the journey that can be found at http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/business-industry/Heavy-vehicles/Heavy-vehicle-guidelines-and-class-permits.aspx

 

15.   Temporary road closures or limitations

1)      The operator of an eligible harvester must observe requirements imposed in connection with:

(a)    a temporary road closure; or

(b)   heavy or prolonged rain affecting the road.

 

16.   Exclusion of prescribed conditions

The application of Schedule 8 of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation to this notice is expressly excluded.

 

 

17.   Conditions -General

1)      The driver of the eligible harvester operating under this exemption must keep in the driver’s possession a copy of this notice and must produce the notice to an authorised officer when requested.

 

2)      If two requirements of this notice, allowing movement, are in conflict, then the operator of an eligible harvester should adopt the requirement that provides the greatest safeguards.

 

3)      An operator operating under this Notice shall indemnify the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and its employees, against any claim, action or process for damage or injury that may be sustained against them due to the use of vehicles as specified.

 

4)      An eligible vehicle operating under this notice must be configured in travel mode as set out in the manufacturer’s specifications.

 

Note-              “Travel Mode” is a specific term used in John Deer technical manuals to that refers to a vehicle configuration that allows the vehicle to operate on roads for the purpose of transportation, as opposed to operating as a harvester in the field.

 

 

Dated: 21 June 2017

Title: Sal Petroccitto - Description: Signature of Sal Petroccitto
Chief Executive Officer
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

 

 

 

Sal Petroccitto

Chief Executive Officer

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator


 

Appendix 1 State Controlled Roads Assessed for travel by eligible harvesters

Dalby cotton growing area

Locality

Road  No

Road Name

Road sub-section

Dalby

18B

Warrego H'way (Toowoomba - Dalby)

Last 60km

Dalby

18C

Warrego H'way (Dalby Miles)

First 90km

Dalby

28A

Gore H’way (Toowoomba - Millmerran

Last 50km

Dalby

35A

Moonie H'way (Dalby - St Georqe)

First 50km

Dalby

86B

Surat Development Rd (Tara - Dalby)

All

Dalby

323

Oakey - Pittsworth Rd

Last 30km

Dalby

324

Toowoomba - Cecil Plains Rd

Except first 30km

Dalby

325

Dalby - Cecil Plains Rd

All

Dalby

327

Pampas - Horrane Rd

All

Dalby

332

Pittsworth - Felton Rd

All

Dalby

335

Millmerran - Leybourn Rd

All

Dalby

340

Dalby - Kogan Rd

All

Dalby

342

Kogan - Condamine Rd

First 40km

Dalby

421

Dalby - Jandowae Rd

All

Dalby

422

Macalaster - Bell Rd

First 20km

Dalby

423

Jandowae Connection Rd

All

Dalby

3203

Bowenville - Norwin Rd

All

Dalby

3221

Brookstead - Norwin Rd

All

Dalby

3251

Millmerran - Cecil Plains Rd

All

Dalby

3401

Daandine - Nandi Rd

All

Dalby

3403

Warra - Kogan Rd

All

Dalby

4201

Warra – Canaga Rd

All

 

Note: Crossing Myall Creek in Dalby the vehicle is to travel in the centre of the two lanes in the direction of travel and vehicles may travel on the opposite side of the bridge in the opposite direction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix 1 Cont.

Emerald and Banana cotton growing areas

Locality

Road  No

Road Name

Road sub-section

Emerald

16A

Capricorn H'way (Rockhampton - Duaringa)

From 94km to end of 16A at Duaringa

Emerald

16B

Capricorn H'way (Duaringa - Emerald)

Except first 100km

Emerald

16B

Capricorn H'way (Duaringa to intersection with Fitzroy Development Road

First 10km

Emerald

16C

Capricorn H'way (Emerald - Alpha)

First 100km

Emerald

24E

Carnarvon H'way (lnjune - Rolleston

Last 100km

Emerald

26A

Leichhardt H'way (Westwood - Taroom)

All except first 62km

Emerald

27A

Gregory H'way (Springsure - Emerald)

All

Emerald

27B

Gregory H'way (Emerald - Clermont)

First 51km to Capella

Emerald

41E

Burnett H'way (Biloela - Mt Morgan)

First 20km

Emerald

46B

Dawson H'way (Biloela - Banana)

All

Emerald

46C

Dawson H'way (Banana - Rolleston)

All

Emerald

46D

Dawson H'way (Rolleston - Springsure)

All

Emerald

85B

Fitzroy Development Road

From Baralba - Woorabinda Rd to Capricorn Highway

Emerald

454

Eidsvold - Theodore Rd

Last 60km

Emerald

462

Biloela - Duaringa Road

Second half from Local Authority boundary to Capricorn H'way

Emerald

464

Baralaba - Rannes Rd

All

Emerald

4405

Selma Rd

All gazetted section

Emerald

4406

Cullin - La Ringo Rd

All gazetted section

Emerald

4605

Glenorina Rd

All gazetted section

Emerald

4607

Comet River Rd

All gazetted section

Emerald

4608

Arcturus Rd

All gazetted section

Emerald

4632

Baralaba-Woorabinda Rd

All

Emerald

5501

Anakie - Sapphire

All gazetted section

 

 

Appendix 1 Cont.

St George and Goondiwindi cotton growing areas

Locality

Road  No

Road Name

Road sub-section

St George & Goondiwindi

17D

Cunningham H'way (Inglewood - Goondiwindi)

All

St George & Goondiwindi

24A

Carnarvon H'way (Mungindi - St George)

All

St George & Goondiwindi

24B

Carnarvon H'way (St George - Surat)

All

St George & Goondiwindi

26C

Leichhardt H'way (Miles - Goondiwindi)

Last 50km

St George & Goondiwindi

28B

Gore H'way (Millmerran - Goondiwindi)

Last 40km

St George & Goondiwindi

31A

Barwon H'way (Goondiwindi - Talwood)

All

St George & Goondiwindi

31B

Barwon H'way (Talwood - Nindigully)

All

St George & Goondiwindi

35A

Moonie H'way (Dalby - St George)

Last 110km

St George & Goondiwindi

36A

Balonne H'way (St George - Bollon)

All

St George & Goondiwindi

37A

Castlereigh H'way (Noondoo - Hebel)

All

St George & Goondiwindi

347

Meandarra - Talwood Rd

Last 60km

St George & Goondiwindi

349

Talwood - Boonanga Rd

All

St George & Goondiwindi

355

Mitchell - St George Rd

Last 90km

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix 2 “No Go Structures”

Structure- Code

Cotton Locality

Road

T dist

STRUCTURE- ID

STRUCTURE - NAME

Bridge

Dalby

324

77.99

236

Condamine Creek

Bridge

Dalby

340

47.46

250

Kogan Creek

Bridge

Dalby

340

36.22

249

Braemar Creek

Bridge

Dalby

335

23.13

245

Canal Creek

Bridge

Dalby

335

20.67

244

Dogtrap Creek

Bridge

Dalby

342

15.52

253

Fourteen Mile Creek

Bridge

Dalby

332

19.52

242

Hodgson Creek

Bridge

Emerald

4607

4.26

8228

Sawpit Gully

Bridge

Emerald

454

118.67

763

Oxtrack Creek

Bridge

Emerald

454

111.06

762

Delusion Creek

Bridge

Emerald

462

9.5

8218

Sandy Creek

Bridge

Emerald

46C

39.31

718

Roundstone Creek

Bridge

Emerald

85B

96.9

8297

Pearl Creek

Bridge

 St G & Goondiwindi GGGooGoondiwindi

349

2.63

594

Weir River

Bridge

St G & Goondiwindi

349

3.19

595

Yarrilwarra Creek

Culvert

Dalby

323

23.24

1410

Unnamed

Culvert

Dalby

4201

30.52

25423

Unnamed

Culvert

Dalby

18C

53.18

25664

Jingi Jingi Culvert

Culvert

Emerald

27B

9.78

22475

Retreat Creek Overflow

Culvert

St G & Goondiwindi

26C

213.33

22777

Brigalow Creek

Culvert

St G & Goondiwindi

24B

79.92

44473

Basin Ck

Culvert

St G & Goondiwindi

24B

73.92

43761

Unnamed

 

Reference to maps for “Do Not Cross” Structures

http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/business-industry/Heavy-vehicles/Heavy-vehicle-guidelines-and-class-permits.aspx

 


 

Appendix 3 Eligible Cotton Harvesters

The following table provides the specific manufacturer’s types of cotton harvesters eligible for operation under this notice. No further vehicles may be used in combination with the specified harvesters, except as stated.

John Deere 7760

John Deere CS690 with optional inclusion of header front unit attached in a towed configuration

John Deere CP690