New rules for oversize movements in NSW
National Heavy Haulage
Transport, Transport Logistics, Heavy Equipment & Machinery Transport Service
From 6 January 2014, vehicles considered ‘high risk’, routes considered ‘high risk’ and loads considered ‘critical / sensitive’ will require a Transport Management Plan (TMP) outlining how the load will be transported safely.
Transport Management Plans for improved safety
A TMP is a comprehensive document that outlines the vehicle and load details, details of the proposed route, any arrangements for traffic management, and local council or rail crossing approvals where necessary. The completed TMP must be lodged with the NSW Transport Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) along with the TMP coversheet before a permit application can be made for the proposed movement.
Who will the new OSOM procedures affect?
‘High risk’ vehicles
Vehicles that exceed any of these criteria for ‘high risk’ movements will require a TMP:
Longer than 40m
Higher than 5.2m (if there will be less than 20cm clearance under overhead structures on the proposed route, a route survey is also required)
More than 7.5m rear overhang
More than 5.5m forward projection (mobile cranes are exempt as they must be enrolled in the Intelligent Access Program)
Wider than 6m
Agricultural combinations travelling in the Western Zone require a TMP if they are longer than 10 metres, wider than 6.5 metres or if they exceed any of the other criteria above.
The RMS will assess ’high risk’ oversize movements in conjunction with ‘high risk’ routes as well as other factors such as the date and time proposed, traffic volumes, speed zones and road environment.
‘High risk’ routes
The following routes are considered ‘high risk’ and movements planned on these roads are subject to special conditions:
Pacific Highway – Hexham to Tweed Heads (both directions): Day and time restrictions may apply and communication with the public may be required
Newell Highway – Gilgandra to Coonabarabran (both directions): Variable message boards may be required in both directions, day and time restrictions and communication with the public may also be required.
Gunnedah Township: Variable message boards may be required in both directions, day and time restrictions and communication with the public may also be required.
‘Critical / sensitive’ loads
A ‘critical / sensitive’ load is one that carries a health risk to the driver or any member of the public such as asbestos, radiation or chemical content, or a load that is toxic, corrosive or radioactive and poses a potential threat to the environment or public health.
More information for heavy vehicle operators
These policy changes (especially the reduced height restriction) will have a significant impact on the transport industry as more vehicles will be required to submit TMPs. Operators will need to allow for the additional time and cost involved in preparing their TMPs as well as 14 days for the RMS review prior to applying for permits.
The RMS website provides operators with more information on the OSOM criteria and Transport Management Plans, including a Transport Management Plan Fact Sheet and a sample Transport Management Plan.
Taking care of Transport Management Plans, permits, required notifications and approvals is an important element of ensuring your load is moved safely and efficiently. National Heavy Haulage specialises in the movement of oversize loads throughout Australia in accordance with the procedures and requirements of all authorities.
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