VicRoads, the Victorian government’s road and traffic authority, has published a new series of heavy vehicle maps to help drivers identify height clearances, truck curfews and permit applications on Victoria’s roads.

It has announced that this digital map upgrade will make it easier for truck drivers to avoid hazards on the road and obey road rules.

The new height clearance map allows heavy vehicle drivers to locate arterial roads that are suitable for their vehicle’s size.

Eric Henderson, VicRoads Director of Heavy Vehicle Services, said “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”.

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

Since the update on 10 October last year, 1,150 overhead structures have been added to the height clearance map.

The new truck curfew map will enable heavy vehicle drivers to find which routes they are allowed to use, based on the time of the day and the vehicle’s mass.

Mr Henderson said “Truck curfews help us balance the needs of local truck operators with the needs of the local community. Our new curfew map will make it easier for truck drivers to identify which roads they can take”.

Two other maps have also been added, showing pre-approved routes for high-productivity vehicle combinations up to 36.5 metres long. VicRoads says this will reduce permit application times for the state’s freight network.

Data for the four maps can be found on the VicRoads Open Data site. GPS developers can easily incorporate this information into their applications and recommended routes.

VicRoads declares that this scheme supports the Victorian Government’s Towards Zero strategy by encouraging safer routes and reducing heavy vehicle crashes on the state’s roads.

The maps can be accessed at the web addresses below:

Height clearance map

Truck curfew map

Heavy vehicle network maps

Article courtesy COR Advisor