VIC scores new heavy vehicle digital maps

Height clearance, curfew and permit information available through VicRoads

VIC scores new heavy vehicle digital maps
An example of Victoria's HPFV 36.5m A-double network map


VicRoads has unveiled its digital map upgrade, designed to help truck drivers avoid hazards and obey road rules.

The new series of heavy vehicle maps have been published to assist drivers identify:

  • height clearances
  • truck curfews
  • permit applications.

The height clearance and truck curfew maps are accompanied by two additional maps with pre-approved routes for high-productivity freight vehicle combinations up to 36.5m long, reducing permit application times for Victoria’s freight network, VicRoads says.

VicRoads director of heavy vehicle services Eric Henderson says the new height clearance map will make it easier for heavy vehicle drivers to choose arterial roads suitable for their vehicle size.

For example, 1,150 overhead structures have been added to the VicRoads height clearance map as of October 10, 2018.

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"Whether you’ve hired a truck for the day or you’re a career truck driver, our new height clearance map is a great way to plan a safe route," Henderson says.

"This map will help reduce the number of dangerous bridge strikes on our roads, boosting safety and slashing incident-related congestion for Victorians."

The new truck curfew map will help heavy vehicle drivers identify which routes are they can use, given the time of day and the mass of their vehicle.

"Truck curfews help us balance the needs of local truck operators with the needs of the local community," Henderson says.

"Our new curfew map will make it easier for truck drivers to identify which roads they can take."

Data for all four maps is now available on the VicRoads Open Data site so that GPS developers can easily incorporate the information into their applications and recommended routes, VicRoads says.

It adds the scheme supports the Victorian Government’s Towards Zero strategy by encouraging safer routes and working towards reducing heavy vehicle crashes.


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