EXPANDING networks and reducing the need for access permits will continue to boost freight efficiency according to a productivity blueprint released by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the Plan would assist Australia’s 425 road managers to co-ordinate their approach to addressing Australia’s growing road freight task.

“Importantly this Plan includes a series of short, medium and long-term actions driven by data and information of freight movements across Australia,” he said.

“The NHVR will use this as a pathway to provide information to road managers to remove key pinch points across Australia’s heavy vehicle network.”

The NHVR conducted consultation on the Plan last year, engaging more than 50 groups across government and industry.

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South Australian infrastructure and transport minister Corey Wingard said the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan 2020-25 was an important document to ensure governments and road managers were taking steps to meet Australia’s future freight growth.

“The Plan outlines important objectives, including partnering with local governments to build capability and promoting more productive heavy vehicles that are better for the environment and communities, as well as providing certainty and consistency with access,” Mr Wingard said.

He said there have been benefits from the notices covered under the South Australia Load Carrying Vehicle’s Operator’s Guide, updated in July and the National Class 2 Road Train Notice, released in June.

“Both updates have allowed increased height, width and mass on dedicated heavy vehicle networks across South Australia, which allows more goods to be delivered safely and reduces the number of vehicles on the road.”

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