Freight

Cover of Guidelines for Assessing Heavy Vehicle Access to Local Roads
Guidelines for Assessing Heavy Vehicle Access to Local Roads
  • Publication no: AP-R367-10
  • ISBN: 978-1-921709-43-2
  • Published: 22 October 2010

These guidelines are designed to assist Councils and operators when considering the access of restricted access vehicles to local roads. Although the regulatory environment varies across Australasia all heavy vehicles operate under three broad categories. They are:

  • General access: Registered vehicles that can operate across the whole road network without any special approval. Access may be restricted due to weight limitations on vulnerable structures, such as bridges.
  • Restricted access by Gazettal Notice: vehicles of a particular type can operate on parts of the network that are identified as suitable for this vehicle type without additional vehicle or trip specific approval.
  • Restricted access by permit: vehicles can only operate on those parts of the network that are individually approved for each vehicle, permits can be for single trips, multiple trips or unlimited trips on a specified network.

The guidelines are also relevant to decision-making to determine new Gazettal Notices and for multiple use individual vehicle permits. In general these will apply to vehicles over 19 metres in length, 4.3 metres in height and 2.5 metres in width that travel on local roads, excluding special use vehicles such as cranes and wide loads that travel with single journey permits.

These guidelines have been written with reference to Australian access conditions. However, the principles and processes described can be applied to any jurisdiction where decisions are made on the access for freight vehicles to local roads.

  • 1. INTRODUCTION
    • 1.1. Background and Purpose
      • 1.1.1. . Background
      • 1.1.2. . Purpose
    • 1.2. Approach
    • 1.3. Scope of these Guidelines
    • 1.4. How these Guidelines will assist the Reader in Making Decisions
  • 2. ORGANISATION OF THE GUIDELINES
  • 3. PART A. CONTEXT
    • 3.1. Overview
      • 3.1.2. . Perception: ‘Heavy and restricted access vehicles are increasing in size’
      • 3.1.3. . Perception: ‘Heavy and restricted access vehicles will damage local roads’
      • 3.1.4. . Perception: ‘There an over/under-recovery in freight charges and registration’
      • 3.1.5. . Perception: ‘Heavy and restricted access vehicles are noisy’
      • 3.1.6. . Perception: ‘Heavy and restricted access vehicles are less safe’
  • 4. PART B: PRINCIPLES FOR FREIGHT ACCESS PLANNING
    • 4.1. Principles for Access to Local Roads
    • 4.2. Strategic Thinking
    • 4.3. Freight network plans
    • 4.4. Planning transport and land use together
  • 5. PART C: APPLICATION ASSESSMENT PROCESS
    • 5.5. Step 5. Implement and monitor
      • 5.5.1. . Funding of infrastructure works
      • 5.5.2. . Publication of route maps and access conditions
      • 5.5.3. . Reviewing permits
  • 5.3.1. . Consultation and communication
  • 5.4.2. . Permit duration
  • 5.4.3. . Conditions of access and enforcement
  • 5.4.4. . Access not approved
  • 6. PART D. APPENDICES
    • 6.1. Appendix A: Bibliography
    • 6.2. Appendix B: Findings from Consultation
    • 6.3. Appendix C: Glossary of Terms
    • 6.4. Appendix D: Applicant’s Information Requirements
    • 6.5. Appendix E: Conditions of Access
  • 7. PART E: ASSESSMENT TEMPLATE