HVS Update 24-2023
Heavy Lift Tow Truck - Period Permit Operating Conditions
Representatives of the Heavy Lift Tow Truck (HLTT) industry requested that an independent engineering report on the safety performance of HLTTs be commissioned, to guide HVS in the development of an all-encompassing Period Permit to replace existing processes for granting HLTT access approvals.
The revised Heavy Lift Tow Truck Period Permit Operating Conditions are aimed at improving the safety of the HLTT industry. Key aspects of the revised Operating Conditions include:
- Displaying “Under Tow” warning signage, so other motorists are aware the vehicle in front of them is connected to a HLTT;
- Ensuring there are adequate loading controls to prevent overloading the HLTT;
- Ensuring there is sufficient mass on the steer axle of the HLTT, so there are no adverse effects on the steering and braking performance of the HLTT;
- Ensuring the coupling ratings of the vehicle combination are adequate for the mass being towed;
- Ensuring heavy vehicles and vehicle combinations are only towed on approved routes;
- Ensuring vehicle combinations are being towed at a safe speed.
Transport operators also are reminded that they continue to play a key role in ensuring their heavy vehicles and vehicle combinations are towed in a safe and compliant manner, as the transport operator remains a liable party under the Chain of Responsibility for the mass, dimension and loading requirements.
There are some simple rules that transport operators should follow to assist in ensuring their heavy vehicle or vehicle combination is towed in a safe and compliant manner.
These rules include:
The revised Operating Conditions are available on the Heavy Lift Tow Trucks page.
For further information, please contact the Heavy Vehicle Help Desk on 138 486 or email email@example.com.
Heavy Vehicle Services
20 June 2023