More Victorian roads open to cranes without permit


New network will reduce the regulatory burden for the industry, Mulder says

More Victorian roads open to cranes without permit
Terry Mulder: permits still required on other parts of the road network

 

Crane operators can now access about 700 Victorian roads without permit, the State Government has announced, but getting to them might be a different matter.

And VicRoads has developed an online map that can be updated as additional roads are approved for inclusion in the gazetted network for these cranes.

"Over 460 metropolitan roads and 240 local roads in the municipalities of Greater Dandenong, Cardinia, Hume and Hobsons Bay will be available to travel on without the need for a permit," Roads Minister Terry Mulder states.

"This figure is expected to grow rapidly in coming weeks as more councils come on board.

"The new network will reduce the regulatory burden for the industry, with crane operators able to get out on the road when needed, without waiting for a permit to be issued.

"However, permits will still be required for travel on other parts of the road network and compliance monitoring will continue.

VicRoads, on behalf of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), issues approximately 600 crane permits per month.

"Operators will also benefit from VicRoads’ work on an approved network for 2 and 3 axle terrain cranes and a rural crane network for regional Victoria which are expected to be finalised later this year," Mulder saays

This new network adds to the existing number of approved routes that B-Doubles, Higher Mass Limit vehicles, road train vehicles, controlled access buses and semi-trailers (transporting containers up to 48 tonnes) can use.

The new maps can be viewed here.

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