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NHVR welcomes Victorian heavy vehicle automated move

The NHVR CEO says the plan for crane maps is encouraging for heavy vehicle operators in Victoria

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has welcomed the Victorian government’s release of eight new pre-approved crane maps as an important step towards delivering national automated heavy vehicle access outcomes.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says that the NHVR’s National Spatial Platform will provide a single national dynamic map of state and local roads, providing transparency of all allowable access arrangements.

“The new map will remove the need for industry to access multiple state maps when planning their journeys and access requirements – with end-to-end and cross-border networks displayed in one location,” Petroccitto says.

“Pre-approved routes represent networks that have already been assessed by road managers and can act as an interim step before gazetting networks – they reduce permit turnaround times and provide improved certainty for industry.

“The new National Spatial Platform will allow for immediate approval of pre-approved routes – by instantly adding the route to an operators permit as soon as the access application is submitted.”

Petroccitto says supporting pre-approved routes allows road managers to build networks and update data in real time, meaning access conditions can be changed by the click of a button.

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“The platform will also provide operators with their full fleet of vehicle configurations from the NHVR heavy vehicle database and will automatically match assembled vehicles with up to date dynamically generated networks,” Petroccitto says.

The NHVR is taking an agile approach in enhancing its routing and mapping capabilities in stages as part of the National Spatial Platform.

The Next Generation Route Planner was released and is providing more accurate routing outcomes for industry.

Over the coming months, the Asset Rapid Assessment Tool will be available, to provide the tools for road managers to assess bridge capability for heavy vehicles in a matter of minutes.

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