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A-double access improves in Victoria

  • Posted on Wednesday 26th, July 2017.

VicRoads has announced plans to widen access to the state’s arterial road network to high productivity 30m A-double combinations under an annual permit scheme.

According to the Victorian Transport Association (VTA), which welcomed the plans, operators with combinations up to 30m 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.

VicRoads has published a new PBS Level 2B map for cubic and volumetric heavy vehicle combinations, which was based on National Transport Commission (NTC) research showing longer combinations can provide major productivity benefits.

VicRoads Acting Director for Heavy Vehicle Services, Peter Schofield, said that VicRoads will continue to support the efficient and safe movement of freight in Victoria by opening up networks for High Productivity Freight Vehicles.

“By meeting performance-based standards, High Productivity Freight Vehicles are able to boost freight productivity with focus on safer outcomes for the community," said Schofield.

Operators will need to obtain a permit from the Over Dimensional Load team to cross rail level crossings. VicRoads information is available here.

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