Cut the red tape and let's get moving

Posted by Design & Construct on 18-May-2016 03:55:45

In Construction

No extra paperwork to delay the progress of a construction project

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and the state government recently announced that the Queensland construction industry will no longer have to apply for permits to move cranes or special purpose vehicles on state-controlled roads.

The changes are hoped to boost productivity within the construction industry by reducing the time it takes to grant road access for special-purpose vehicles. Business will no longer have to wait 28 days to receive a permit to allow them to move a crane or mobile concrete pump machine.

Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe welcomed the decision to grant pre-approved road access for special-purpose vehicles and said it would boost productivity in the construction industry and support jobs.

“The safe transport of these types of vehicles is vital to grow Queensland's economy, and this new ruling will drive efficiency and help accelerate building progress across the state, supporting more construction jobs,” said Mr Hinchliffe.

  • Businesses will no longer have to complete unnecessary extra paperwork or delay progress on a construction project to wait for a permit.
  • The changes will bring nearly $55 million benefits to construction businesses in Queensland over the next 20 years.
  • The NHVR estimates the  removal of approximately 1,600 permits each year in Queensland alone.
  • Over the next 20 years, $130 million will be saved in costs that would otherwise flow on to all Australians.

Mr Hinchliffe made the announcement at Universal Cranes at Murrarie, one of Australia's largest privately-owned crane hire companies. With a hydraulic crane fleet range of 7T – 450T and crawler crane range of 50T - 600T plus heavy lifting and transport equipment, Universal Cranes can perform any lift, anywhere, anytime.

Universal Cranes  provide comprehensive lifting and transport solutions for the most complex and challenging conditions. Aside from casual crane hire, Universal Cranes specialises in:

  • heavy lift solutions
  • windfarms
  • concrete tilt panel erection
  • rigging and steel erection
  • demolition and salvage
  • factory relocation
  • machinery moving
  • bridge and civil construction
  • transportation and project supervision
  • shut down operations
  • refineries
  • mines



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