A national scheme to harmonise the licensing of heavy vehicle operators in Australia is in crisis as inadequate preparation for the new scheme has led to long delays in the processing of permit applications, a lobby group for the nation’s crane industry says.

In a message sent out to members of his organisation, Crane Industry Council of Australia (CICA) chief executive officer Alan Marshal said the introduction of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Accreditation Scheme on February 10 had been diabolical and that his organisation had received a massive volume of calls…