HPFVs - Moving more with less

Victoria has adopted a more general approach to access arrangements for High Productivity Freight Vehicles (HPFVs).

Moving More With Less

Based on the strategy of “Moving More with Less,” this new approach addresses volume and mass limited freight because of their different impact on the infrastructure and also gives industry more flexibility to select the most suitable vehicle configuration to transport their freight.

HPFV's are required to have special permit conditions, issued by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), before they can access the network. Permit application information is available on the NHVR website (External link).

Access arrangements for HPFVs

Access arrangements to be implemented for HPFVs are outlined in the information bulletin Moving More With Less [PDF 4.7 Mb].

Access for HPFVs will include high quality, duplicated freeways, including:

  • The Princes Highway West to Geelong
  • The Western Freeway to Ballarat
  • The Calder Freeway to Bendigo
  • The Hume Freeway to Wodonga
  • The Princes Highway East to Traralgon

Within Metropolitan Melbourne, access will be permitted on:

  • The Monash Freeway, to provide access from the South East to the Port;
  • CityLink;
  • EastLink;
  • The Western Ring Road; and
  • The West Gate Freeway

Last mile access will also be considered on appropriate arterial and local roads. This will include consultation with local government to ensure that access is only permitted on those roads that can safely accommodate these longer combinations.

Mass and length limits

Mass and length limits for HPFVs are as follows.

  • For operations within metropolitan Melbourne, such as moving container freight from the south east of Melbourne to the Port of Melbourne, HPFVs will have a limit of 30.0 metres in length and 68.5 tonnes in weight.
  • For operations in regional Victoria, HPFVs will have a limit of 36.5 metres in length and 68.5 tonnes weight. VicRoads will also consider allowing these longer combinations access to the Port of Melbourne where it is deemed appropriate and safe.

HPFVs must also:

  • be approved under the national Performance Based Standards (PBS) Scheme, as administered by the  National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, participate in the Intelligent Access Program (IAP)
  • travel at the mandatory speed limit of 90 km/h on nominated roads on the cubic network
  • comply with the right hand lane truck ban for the Eastern Freeway and Princes Freeway West
  • have front and rear signage to identify them as a long vehicle, and
  • have a towing emergency plan in place for breakdowns on the network. Enquiries regarding IAP in Victoria should be emailed to [email protected] or call VicRoads on 13 11 71.

VicRoads strongly recommends making enquiries with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator before starting the importation or construction of any proposed HPFV as some may be subject to restrictions to the Victorian network.

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