‘Safety, Productivity & Environment Construction Transport Scheme’
Commencing on the 1st of July 2016, enrolled vehicles will be required to have a Performance-Based Standards (PBS) approval, enrolled in the Intelligent Access Program (IAP) and equipped with On Board Mass (OBM) monitoring systems linked to the IAP, along with a number of other environmental and safety features. This will provide compliance assurance in return for unprecedented bridge access.
Operators will be able to enrol eligible vehicles in the Scheme by lodging an application with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) along with documented proof of eligibility for each vehicle. The following is required to comply with the scheme:
- Vehicle equipped with at least a Euro 5 diesel engine
- Vehicle is PBS approved
- Vehicle enrolled in the IAP
- Vehicle equipped with an Approved OBM (on board monitoring) system
The following types of heavy vehicles will be eligible to participate in the Scheme:
PBS Truck & Three-Axle Dog (49.5t)
PBS Truck & Four-Axle Dog (57.5t)
PBS Quad Axle Semi-Trailer (50.5t)
Transport operators utilising PBS approved combinations will be able to run at their maximum PBS design approval. For example, PBS Truck & Four Axle Dogs will be able to run at 57.5t.
The SPECTS scheme grants unprecedented access for operators working through the NSW Urban Zone.
The newly created SPECTS road-network gives complete access to operators wishing to utilise these safer PBS vehicles.
At this higher mass, general access is available on the state road network and approved local council roads with very few restrictions compared to the restrictions on the current B-Double network.
THE SPECTS NETWORK
The NSW Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) have released the initially approved routes available within the NSW Urban Zone for SPECTS eligible vehicles.