Concessional Mass Limits rules in NSW to change in September

When the new National Law for heavy vehicles comes into force in September this year, the anomalous Concessional Mass Limits (CML) breaching rules in NSW will not be included.

When the new National Heavy Vehicle Law commences as of September 1 2013, it will specify that breaches will no longer be counted against General Mass Limits (GML) but, more fairly, against CML.

Under the current NSW rules, the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) agency has used the GML mass as the basis of any action against operators going over CML masses. This has led to small unintentional CML overloading breaches being escalated to severe breaches of GML and warranting court action.

At this time it is unclear whether the RMS will continue to enforce the rules in the same way as it has in the past, between now and the date when the regulatory mantle passes to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) at the beginning of September.

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