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South Australian heavy vehicle operators boosted by new Class 3 notice

The Suspension Mass Exemption Notice 2022 is being touted as a win for some heavy vehicle operators in South Australia.

Operators of eligible livestock carriers, AB-triples and Type 1 roadtrains – including non-modular and modular B-triples – in South Australia can now operate at increased mass limits on designated routes, it was announced today.

The exemption applies to these heavy vehicle operators providing their vehicle has certified road-friendly suspension.

NHVR Chief Regulatory Policy and Standards Officer Don Hogben said the new South Australian Class 3 Road friendly Suspension Mass Exemption Notice 2022 allows certain heavy vehicles and combinations fitted with certified road-friendly suspension to operate at masses equivalent to Higher Mass Limits, without needing to be enrolled in the Intelligent Access Program (IAP).

“The notice replaces the South Australia Class 3 (HML Application) Mass Exemption 2021, and includes beneficial changes to vehicle eligibility and networks,” said Hogben.

“This notice represents significant progress towards removing the need for multiple permits in South Australia,” he said.

Australian Transport Association Chair David Smith welcomed the notice as a significant win for Class 3 operators in South Australia.

“This is an important step towards national harmonisation and improved productivity for heavy vehicle movements, and that’s good for the industry and the local economy,” he said in a statement.

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