Heavy Vehicle Services Achievements
Access and Permits
Our Heavy Vehicle Services area is responsible for improving heavy vehicle safety, productivity and equity of services across the transport industry in Western Australia through compliance, innovation and road asset sustainability. This area: facilitates and regulates the movement of restricted access vehicles in WA; provides traffic escort services for oversize, overmass movements; and works with industry groups and other government agencies at a state and national level.
|Single Trip Permits
|Special Purpose Vehicle Permits
Joint Border Operations
We continue to lead the way in heavy vehicle safety by coordinating or participating in multi-agency operations. We have worked with: Western Australia Police Force; Department of Transport; Worksafe; Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety; and, for the first time, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Livestock Compliance Unit. Additionally, cross border operations saw us collaborating with the South Australia Police and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.
Our Transport Inspectors check for compliance with mass and dimension limits, ensuring high productivity and oversize vehicles entering our state are operating in accordance with conditions set under Main Roads’ permits and orders; they also check for currency of heavy vehicle accreditation for Western Australia.
There is additional monitoring of dangerous goods and for fatigue, followed by reporting to relevant state government agencies as required. Department of Transport inspect roadworthiness and licensing requirements and the local police check for drug and alcohol offences.
Western Australia Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme Operational Review
WA Heavy Vehicle Accreditation (WAHVA) is mandatory for individuals and organisations requiring a permit or order for a transport task within Western Australia for profit or part of a commercial business, including interstate operators. Introduced in 2002, WAHVA involves three mandatory modules Fatigue, Maintenance and Dimension and Loading, which operators are expected to incorporate into their daily work practices. The Mass Management module is compulsory for those wishing to operate under the Accredited Mass Management Scheme.
The Operational Review of the WAHVA Scheme, looking at effectiveness of the scheme and potential changes, was completed in January 2019.
Extensive stakeholder engagement included more than 27 face-to-face interviews, three surveys generating 242 responses and a number of stakeholder workshops. The review report detailed 24 recommendations across four streams: policy, legislation, administration and audit management.
Weigh In Motion Scales and Mobile Vehicle Inspection Station Trailer
In mid-2018 we purchased our first fully mobile, self-contained Vehicle Inspection Station, also known as a Shaker. The unit can:
- check truck and trailer brakes and suspension
- test vehicle brake force, brake balance, wheel rolling resistance
- test vehicle deceleration to determine braking performance and efficiency
- identify wear and drag on the wheels.
The Shaker has aluminium access ramps leading up to the unit giving a vehicle a smooth transition over the Shaker. The inspection is conducted when driving the vehicle, axle by axle, over the device allowing a Transport Inspector to examine the vehicle’s steering and suspension components.
Weigh-in-motion scales are now used, giving a preliminary measurement of the weight of each individual axle group and the total mass of a heavy vehicle without the need for more accurate but time-consuming traditional scales. The inspector can assess whether further measurement is required to determine the level of any overload. When used collectively at a roadblock, this new equipment helps make the inspection process more efficient, allowing compliant drivers to get back on the road more quickly.
To see the shaker in action view a video here.