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Australia: more roads for "monster trucks" in Victoria

Australia: the State of Victoria's government has increased the number of roads in regional and metropolitan areas that can be accessed by higher productivity freight vehicles (HPFV), popularly known as "monster trucks". The Victorian government now permits cubic freight vehicles up to 36.5 m long and a gross combination mass not exceeding 68.5 t to use identified divided highways in regional areas. However, the maximum vehicle length is limited to 30 m on certain parts of the B-double network in metropolitan Melbourne. These available routes will be formally known as the cubic freight network in Victoria. In addition, transport operators will be able to apply to VicRoads for permission to operate vehicles of over 68.5 t and less than 77.5 t, subject to a suitable route assessment. The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has welcomed the state government's latest announcement. (ben)



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