VIC expands HPFV network

The Victorian Government has added another 700 kilometres of High Productivity Freight Vehicle (HPFV) routes to the pre-approved network which is a win for Performance-Based Standards (PBS).

New routes include key strategic corridors such as the Maroondah/Melba Highway, Princes Highway from Bruthen to the New South Wales border and the Ringwood and Yarra Glen Bypasses.

“These routes provide more simple, safe and connected journeys by reducing the regulatory burden and red tape for the movement of key commodities such as milk, grain and livestock in regional Victoria,” the Department of Transport said in a statement.

Pre-approved networks, according to the Department of Transport, negate the need for route assessments, simplify the application process and shorten the timeframe to get HPFVs on the road.

Last year, big changes to heavy vehicle access were announced.

In other news, transport engineering consultancy, Tiger Spider, has ruminated on whether it is time to implement a new bridge formula in Victoria.