OVERSIZE road freight representatives have met with Wannon MP Dan Tehan to discuss their claims that the introduction of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has shut down the industry.
Cliff Fraser usually works as a pilot vehicle driver for oversize trucks, leading convoys in a smaller vehicle with lights and signs attached.
However, since the introduction of the new regulator, Mr Fraser says he has not been working because no nation-wide heavy vehicle permits have been issued for vehicles wider than 3.5 metres.
“The work has stopped, I have not worked since January and I may have to leave the industry,” he said.
“VicRoads has been temporarily called in to start issuing permits again, but I know of trucks that have been stuck near the New South Wales and Queensland border since the 9th of February.”
“I’m not opposed to the idea of a National Regulator; it’s just the way it has been implemented.”
Mr Fraser said the oversize vehicle industry has estimated that $500 million had been lost through the implementation of the NHVR.
Full story in The Spectator on Thursday, March 13, 2014.