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Re: regulations in non-European countries


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This is a great and worthwhile discussion.

Since the 1990s, the bridge design code - specifically AS5100.7, which

focusses on bridge assessments - has played a significant role in

maintaining maximum axle loads in Australia.  Also important to restricting

axle loads is pavement wear.  Recent years has seen robust discussion

around ESA's (equivalent standard axles) and the development of a graph -

the "blue" line and the "green" line - that determines when a vehicle is

causing greater pavement wear on the network.

Of great interest to me then are those countries that allow 24.0 tonnes on

a tri-axle group, 1.5 tonnes higher than that allowed under the Higher Mass

Limits Scheme in Australia.  From an ESA and pavement wear perspective, how

is this axle loading justified?  Are the pavements better overseas?  The

same question could go for bridges.  The bulk of structures in Australia

were built pre 1976 and therefore meet the MS18 design code.  Again, is

this the case overseas?  And if so, how is 24.0 tonnes on a tri-axle group

justified?  Is it because bridge engineers outside of Australia apply a

different live loading?

Answering these questions are key to understanding the rationale of the

varied axle loads across the world.



Ian Mond

Senior Policy Analyst

Road Transport Policy

Policy and Programs

Level 10

1 Spring Street, Melbourne, 3000

Ph: 9854 1830

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Hi Chris,

I have followed up on your suggestion to have a panel discussion on

regulatory reform at HVTT14.  The program has not be formalised yet but my

hope is to have this as the opening plenary session as a scene-setter for

the whole conference.  We are hoping to have the Minister of Transport open

the conference and so it would be good to have a general overview session

like this at the start which he could find interesting and useful.

I am envisaging that there might be about six presenters on the panel and

thus, necessarily each will only have a relatively short time slot.  We

would set each of them a set of four or five questions to address regarding

the regulatory reform process in their jurisdictions.  Some suggestions for

these questions are:

      1.       What regulatory reform processes are currently occurring?

      2.       What are the primary motivations for these reforms? (safety,

      productivity, consistency, compliance etc)

      3.       What are the stakeholder engagement processes used?

      4.       What outcomes are you hoping to achieve?

I am happy to receive further suggestions.



From: Technical, operational and economic aspects of road freight

transportation [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf

Of Christopher Walker

Sent: Sunday, 24 April 2016 11:45 AM

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Subject: Re: regulations in non-European countries

Great questions Johan

And I am wondering if it might be possible to have a session at the next

HVTT in NZ where we can discuss where regulation of weights and limits for

heavy vehicles is going across different countries and regions across the

world, and then consider what factors are supporting or blocking such

limits.  The list that Joop is preparing would be a great starting point

for this discussion and could lead into a general discussion about key

issues in heavy vehicle policy and regulatory reform across different

countries and regions.

John de Pont, do you think there is space within the HVTT program to

schedule a session on this?


Dr Christopher Walker

Head of School

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences



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transportation" <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of

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Date: Saturday, 23 April 2016 9:51 pm

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Subject: Re: regulations in non-European countries

Dear all,

In addition to benchmarking regulations for weight & dimensions as Joop P

is doing, it would be interesting to compare how different countries

justify their policies upon limit values.

WHY have vehicles been restricted to lengths X1, X2 etc and to weights Y1,

Y2 etc?

For example:

- Political ambition to limit road haulage competitive advantage over rail


- Accessibility / urban planning,

- Road safety,

- ...


Johan Granlund

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22 apr. 2016 kl. 13:09 skrev Marmy, Jacques <[log in to unmask]>:

      Dear Joop,

      Thank you for your note and please find attached from our IRU

      database the listed weights and dimensions that we collected from our

      members, which could be of great help to draw up your list.

      Best regards,

      Jacques Marmy

      Head - Technical Affairs




      From: Technical, operational and economic aspects of road freight

      transportation [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On

      Behalf Of Pauwelussen Joop

      Sent: vendredi 22 avril 2016 09:14

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      Subject: regulations in non-European countries

      Dear colleagues

      In Europe (EC countries) we have the EC regulations concerning legal

      measurements and weights for trucks and trailers. These regulations

      are not valid in other parts of the world. We are interested in

      (references to) information on regulations (legal measurements and

      weights) and registration of trucks and trailers for non-European

      countries. We are happy to draw up the list of responses and share

      that afterwards.

      Thanks in advance


      dr. Joop P. Pauwelussen MBA

      Director HAN Automotive

      HAN University of Applied Sciences | Office: Ruitenberglaan 29 | P.O.

      Box 2217, 6802 CE Arnhem | M 06 24 90 85 32 | E

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