Higher mass limits
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has been established to administer the new Heavy Vehicle National Law 2012, which is scheduled to commence on 10 February 2014. Once fully established, the NHVR will be a one-stop-shop for the majority of your heavy vehicle business.
This page relates to business that will fall under the responsibility of the NHVR once the new law commences later this year. For more information on when the new law will commence and how these changes may affect you, please visit our NHVR information page and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator website.
Queensland has a policy that allows vehicles fitted with road-friendly suspension to carry more freight on routes that are capable of accepting higher masses.
Higher mass limits (HML) were first introduced to Queensland on 2 July 1999. Initially, the scheme was limited to the former national highway system and connecting 23m and 25m B-double routes within a radial distance of 500m.
In December 2002, the Queensland Government introduced a policy framework that allowed extensions based upon agreement from the road asset owner.
The Intelligent Access Program (IAP) is now available for vehicles operating at higher mass limits. This national program provides heavy vehicles with improved access to the Australian road network in return for monitoring compliance with specific access conditions. This is done by installing vehicle telematics in participating vehicles which includes a combination of global positioning systems, in-vehicle sensors, and additional communication technology. Enrolment in IAP is a mandatory requirement for HML.
Online Intelligent Access Program (IAP) enrolment facility
Expansion of the higher mass limits network
The Queensland and Commonwealth Governments have entered into a Bilateral Infrastructure Agreement (BIFA) in accordance with the Auslink program. The agreement encourages a staged rollout of extensions to the existing higher-mass-limit network in conjunction with additional responsibilities for road transport operators.
On 1 October 2006, the Queensland Government expanded the number of higher-mass-limit approved routes to meet its obligations under the Australian Government's Auslink program.
Queensland's current policy for requesting extensions will still apply while Bilateral Infrastructure Agreement obligations for both the Queensland Government and road freight industry are met. Higher-mass-limit routes are approved only after an agreement to use the road has been obtained from the road owner, and the proposal has been endorsed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
A more detailed explanation of the policy is provided in the higher mass limits information bulletin (updated August 2010)
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