New tool promises end to access permits

New web-based application promises to streamline the process for route assessment applications

By Ruza Zivkusic | November 15, 2011

Transport operators will no longer need to go through an arduous process to secure road access under a new initiative developed in Victoria.

Victorian councils will next year introduce a web-based application to streamline route assessment applications, replacing the current system built on permits.

The tool, which is managed by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), is seen as a better way to manage the local road network. It will be trialled at some Victorian councils in March and launched in the middle of next year.

MAV’s heavy vehicle strategy project manager John Hennessey says it will help councils make decisions in a consistent manner in what is becoming a complex area requiring speedy turnarounds.

"At the moment, the transport company wanting to access a local road for a heavy vehicle has to apply for a permit and that permit is usually given for a certain truck so it can be a quite complex process," Hennessey says.

"This will give a more streamlined approach where the council will nominate certain roads for use by certain vehicles – there will be no more permits required in most cases."

The tool was developed by the National Transport Commission, federal and state transport departments, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and the Port of Melbourne.

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