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VicRoads introduces High Productivity Freight Vehicle networks

VicRoads has introduced new High Productivity Freight Vehicle (HPFV) networks to accommodate 30-metre A-double combinations.

The new networks were introduced due to demand for use of these combinations, NatRoad explained, adding that VicRoads aims to provide a smoother path to road access, without the need for individual route assessments.

Annual permits obtained from the NHVR are required to operate A-double combinations on this network regardless of route.

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) welcomed the plans to widen access to the state’s arterial road network to HPFVs under the annual permit scheme. “Operators with combinations up to 30 metres in length and 68.5 tonnes will be able to access a significant portion of the arterial network, provided they comply with PBS Level 2 standards and have obtained the required permit,” the VTA noted. “VicRoads has published a new PBS (performance-based standards) Level 2B map for cubic/volumetric heavy-vehicle combinations, which was based on NTC (National Transport Commission) research showing longer combinations can provide major productivity benefits.

“Operators will need to obtain a permit from the Over Dimensional Load team to cross rail level crossings.”

Ian Monde, VicRoads’ Acting Manager Heavy Vehicle Productivity, will provide a briefing for VTA members, with further details to be released soon.

You can view the map here.

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