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RMS Letter to UAC IAP Operators

by Heidi Hervay | Mar 24, 2017

Extension of the Urban Access Concession Scheme

In consultation with the Crane Industry Council of Australia NSW (CICA NSW), Roads and Maritime Services introduced changes to the Urban Access Concession (UAC) scheme from 21 October 2016 to enable more crane types to travel through Sydney tunnels. Compliance with the conditions will be critical to ensuring the continuation of this access to the Sydney tunnel network.

I am writing to you as an operator with a crane enrolled in the UAC scheme in order to provide some details to assist you in ensuring your cranes are operating compliantly and safely on the NSW road network.  

The original UAC scheme envelope has been replaced by two new envelopes:

·        Envelope 1: Maximum dimensions of 2.9 metres wide, 15.5 metres long, 3.5 metres forward projection and must comply with the height and rear overhang dimensions in the NSW and National Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Notices.

·        Envelope 2: Maximum dimensions of 2.9 metres wide, 10.8 metres long, 5.5 metres forward projection and must comply with the height and rear overhang dimensions in the NSW and National Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Notices.

Both envelopes of the UAC scheme now allow cranes to travel in the Cross City Tunnel, Eastern Distributor, Lane Cove Tunnel, M5 East Motorway, Cahill Expressway and Sydney Harbour Tunnel. Cranes with a forward projection exceeding 3.5 metres that are travelling through these tunnels must be fitted with a tether that meets the following requirements:

·        yellow and red in colour;

·        manufactured to a standard outlined in AS 4497-1997;

·        fitted from the either of the travelling lugs of the boom to a lug at the front of the crane carrier; and

·        does not obscure the visibility of the crane’s number plate.

The use of the tether is required to protect the safety of other tunnel users as well as to mitigate any potential damage to tunnel infrastructure.

To ensure your cranes are compliant please note:

·        For existing cranes that are enrolled in the UAC scheme you do not need to reapply and the cranes may continue tobe operated under your existing access permit or, if they are eligible, under the National Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Notice. The tether requirement applies for cranes with a forward projection exceeding 3.5 metres travelling through selected tunnels (outlined above).

·        If you also have a crane that is not currently enrolled in the UAC and wish to take advantage of the extended UAC scheme you will need to:

o   Operate under the National Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Notice or, if you are not eligible to operate under the Notice, apply for an access permit through Roads and Maritime (details available at: http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/business-industry/heavy-vehicles/road-access/mobile-cranes.html#UrbanAccessConcession(UAC)) or the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (details available at: https://www.nhvr.gov.au/road-access/access-management/applications-and-forms/special-purpose-vehicle-permit).

o   If the crane is also a high risk mobile crane it must be enrolled in the Intelligent Access Program (IAP) UAC scheme in NSW. To obtain this concession you need to apply through the IAP online enrolment service at https://myrta.com/iap/ and complete the Application Details Form for IAP Mobile Cranes (available at:www.rms.nsw.gov.au/documents/about/forms/45071606-iap-mobile-cranes.pdf) and select UAC under special requirements.

o   Operate with a tether when travelling through selected tunnels (outlined above) if the crane has a forward projection exceeding 3.5 metres.

Compliance with the conditions of the UAC scheme including the new tether requirements is critical. Industry has an important role in the continued success of this access initiative which is delivering improved productivity benefits.

For more information on enrolment please contact Roads and Maritime Vehicle Telematics Operations on 1300 364 847 or iap@rms.nsw.gov.au.

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