Victoria seeks efficiency boost with HPFV network lift

State hails more designated roads and attention to A-double tankers

Victoria seeks efficiency boost with HPFV network lift
Melissa Horn


The Victorian government is expanding the state’s High Productivity Freight Vehicle (HPFV) network.

Around 3,000km of road have been added to the pre-approved HPFV network.

The state government spruiks the move as reducing costs and saving farmers and businesses time by eliminating the need for individual route assessments.

"This is a win for farmers, businesses, freight operators and the community by reducing freight costs and encouraging investment in safer, cleaner and more efficient trucks," ports and freight minister Melissa Horne says.

"Improving access for High Productivity Freight Vehicles is vital to meeting the state’s growing freight industry needs as efficiently as possible while minimising the number of trucks trips on our road network."

The new networks will be published online and include key freight routes along the Bass Highway, Murray Valley Highway, Wimmera Highway and Ballarat-Maryborough Road.

A-doubles that meet the HPFV specifications, which include strict safety and emissions requirements, will have improved access on these routes.

In addition, the government is also issuing six new A-double tanker networks to help improve the transportation of milk and other liquids across the state.

Read about the Freight Plan pledge to streamline permit applications, here

These routes have been developed with industry and tailored specifically to A-double tankers, which have different specifications and requirements to other A-doubles on the network.

"These upgrades will deliver stronger, safer and more reliable roads for the freight industry – meaning farmers and suppliers will be able to get their goods to market much more efficiently," roads minister Ben Carroll says.

"Improving the network will take trucks off local roads – backing local jobs and making our country roads safer."

The government emphasises that expansion of the HPFV network only includes roads in regional Victoria and any trucks coming into metropolitan Melbourne will need to abide by existing curfews.

Truck curfews are enforced in areas including Melbourne’s inner west.

More information and the High Productivity Freight Vehicle Network maps can be found here.


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