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NHVR launches National Network Map

The NHVR says its National Network Map enables better journey planning for the heavy vehicle industry

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has announced the release of its National Network Map. 

In a national first, the NHVR says the heavy vehicle industry can now see Australia’s road network information in one central locationThe map information that is currently held within each jurisdiction is also now available through the map. 

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says the transition of these maps onto its online portal has been in the works since December 2022 and is the result of strategic planning, digital product development and delivery and rigorous testing. 

“The NHVR’s National Network Map supports improved heavy vehicle access efficiency and decision-making, by bringing together the state-based heavy vehicle networks and displaying them in one location,” Petroccitto says. 

“We are providing a single authoritative map to enable the heavy vehicle industry to plan journeys across state and territory borders for their entire fleet.” 

Petroccitto says the NHVR has worked closely with state transport departments in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory to transition their networks and achieve this important outcome. 

“Significant work has been undertaken to get to this stage, and we are committed to making additional advancements during 2024 so that we can work towards a safer and more efficient national road network,” Petroccitto says. 

“In delivering this map, the NHVR is delivering on our ongoing commitment to enhance and improve our services to all our customers.” 

NHVR chief data and technology officer Cameron Stone says the new technology enables the industry to determine access-availability across vehicle combinations more precisely. 

“Our new mapping solution provides the ability to search and view available networks for more than 1,000 heavy vehicle configurations, providing a level of detail that has never been available before through jurisdictional websites,” Stone says. 

“In addition to having the ability to see maps for all networks across the country, it is possible to apply individual layers to the map so to identify points of interest, such as rest areas, height restrictions and road disruptions. 

Stone says the map provides real time changes to road networks to ensure availability of the most accurate network information. 

“This has been a complex piece of work achieved by creating a unified database of road ownership, combining all vehicle access networks owned by different jurisdictions and providing Network Management tools to oversee the establishment and maintenance of these networks,” Stone says. 

The NHVR says throughout December it has been educating industry, road managers and state police agencies on how to use the National Network Map through webinars and training sessions.

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