Maps boost heavy vehicle efficiency in VIC

The Victorian Government has approved eight new maps to expand road networks for mobile crane operators.

The maps are for mobile cranes with six-to-nine axles, and will ensure they can continue delivering projects without the need for a bridge assessment.

They will also assist operators with direct access from the ports of Portland, Geelong and Melbourne to a number of depots identified by the industry and several wind farm locations in western Victoria.

Minister for Ports and Freight, Melissa Horne, recently released the pre-approved maps and said their use will lead to an efficiency improvement.

“We’re supporting our heavy vehicle industry and improving efficiency for our mobile crane operators through the release of these pre-approved maps,” she said.

“These maps will give operators information about where they can travel, as well as assist operators with direct access from our ports to depots.”

Operators will still need to apply for access permits for these cranes, but they will no longer need individual route assessments on the published routes.

The publication of mobile crane maps has been a priority of the Heavy Vehicle Permit Reform Roadmap, funded under the Labor Government’s Regulatory Reform Incentive Fund. They can be viewed here.

In other news, The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) is encouraging final nominations for the 32nd Australian Freight Industry Awards (AFIAs), with entries closing on Monday 15 August 2022.