An agreement between the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and Australian Road Research Board (ARRB), will deliver a route assessment tool free to road managers from participating jurisdictions through the NHVR Portal.
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the Restricted Access Vehicle Route Assessment Tool (RAVRAT) provides local governments with a consistent assessment tool and methodology when assessing heavy vehicle access requests.
“The NHVR and road managers processed almost 35,000 access permit requests in 2017-18 – more than half of all permit applications across Australia,” Mr. Petroccitto said.
“Heavy vehicle operators are looking to the NHVR and road managers to provide a consistent transparent approach to making access decisions and this tool is an important step forward.
“The fact that we’ve been able to work with ARRB and several local government associations will provide consistency while saving road managers time and money,” he said.
ARRB State Technical Leader Matthew Bereni said RAVRAT 2.0 includes a new user interface for the website and integration into NHVR Portal – Road Manager Module.
“There have been a number of improvements to RAVRAT which will ensure a reduction in assessment times, improved user experience and enhanced training material,” Mr. Bereni said. “RAVRAT currently incorporates three main route assessment modules with the aim to develop more modules in the future.”
Last month, the NHVR confirmed that the customer module for its Portal reached 12,000 registered users since it first launched in 2016.