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Austroads studies road freight efficiency

Australasian road transport and traffic agencies organisation, Austroads, has released a report, examining the challenges of providing High Productivity Freight Vehicles (HPFV) with access to local roads.

According to Austroads, the larger and heavier road freight vehicles of today have the potential to exceed the geometric and structural capacity of road systems, where access decisions are often not based on infrastructure capacity. Austroads has asserted that barriers must be identified and overcome if Australia’s world-leading progression towards safer and more efficient road transport is to continue.

“Local road managers are subject to specific challenges not faced by their state and territory counterparts,” Austroads said in a statement. “This, coupled with the importance of local road access to many transport tasks, puts the challenges currently faced by local road managers front and centre in this research.”

A comprehensive outline of the contemporary barriers to local road access was compiled following an intensive consultation process including face-to-face interviews with more than 40 professionals from state road authorities, local government associations, local councils, transport industry associations, transport companies and other government agencies, and an online stakeholder survey.

While infrastructure capacity constraints do feature among the barriers, most of barriers were reportedly stemming from road managers’ incomplete understanding of Performance-Based Standards (PBS), resource shortages, and areas for improvement in the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

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