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The Legalities Of Heavy Haulage Transport

Heavy haulage presents a myriad of challenges to transport companies and their clients. Other than the logistical challenges of transporting an oversized load from one point to the other, they also have to consider the regulations that govern heavy haulage activities in the country. Below is an excerpt discussing the legal considerations to make when planning and executing heavy haulage. 

Heavy Haulage Permits

In Australia, people who intend to transport oversized loads must apply for a permit from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator if the load they intend to transport exceeds the standard dimensions. Besides, some territories require operators to submit transport management plans (TMPs) to the roads and maritime authorities. The plan describes the roads that the operator will use and the safety measures that they will observe. Additional permits are needed when transporting the load interstate or if you will access Aboriginal territory.  

Vehicle And Transportation Conditions

Vehicles exceeding 93.5 tonnes should not cross bridges while there are other cars on the bridge. Additionally, they should not exceed 10km/h, brake, or accelerate suddenly. Overmass vehicles should not use damaged roads. The decks of loaded oversized vehicles should not exceed 1.2 meters if the load is higher than 4.8meters. 

Pilot Vehicles

Overmass and oversized vehicles must be escorted by a pilot vehicle. The primary function of the pilot vehicles is to inform road users of an unusual vehicle. The pilot vehicles must meet the following conditions: 

  • They should have proper signage at the front and back. This signage should be removed when the pilot vehicle is not in use.
  • They should have a rotating warning light mounted at the top to increase their visibility at night.
  • In some states, the pilot driver must be trained. It would therefore be wise to consult with the local roads department.
  • In some states, the pilot vehicle must have flags. Safety gear such as first aid boxes is required if the oversized vehicle is transporting hazardous products.
  • The pilot vehicle at the front should have a height measuring pole. It will warn the haulage team of low-lying electrical cables, branches, and bridges. 

Local police

You are compelled to contact the local police if you need to divert traffic to allow the oversized load to pass. Ideally, you should contact the police a few days before the D-day to ensure they are well aware of an incoming oversized load. If possible, submit the transport plan to ensure the police have a comprehensive understanding of what they should expect. 

As a client, you need not worry about these legalities. Reputable heavy haulage companies will handle these legalities and take responsibility for oversights along the way. For more information about heavy haulage services, contact a local company.