29 Nov 2010

Many heavy vehicle permits declined

9:13 am on 29 November 2010

Frustration is being voiced in the trucking industry at slow progress in the new heavy vehicle permit scheme.

Since May, 563 applications have been made to the Transport Agency to haul more than the standard 44-tonne limit on specified routes, or to operate longer-than-allowed vehicles.

Of those, 267 have been declined, 115 approved and 181 are still being reviewed.

Among the applications declined, 133 were due to limitations on bridges or vehicle suitability.

The Log Transport Safety Council says there's a lot of work to do on bridge infrastructure on key routes.

The Road Transport Forum says it must be done quickly, as the current situation is frustrating.

A majority of the declined applications, 194, come from the Waikato-Bay of Plenty area.