Increasing allowed volume where mass is not the constraint
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The Australian freight task is growing. Industry has told us that up to 80 per cent of vehicle trips are constrained by the volumetric storage capacity of the vehicle (i.e. ability to fit freight into the allowable length, height and width), rather than mass limits.
This project aims to increase the productivity of the road network and freight fleet by sharing good practice and helping road managers identify ways to improve the productivity of their road network.
We will be working with stakeholders, particularly industry, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and road managers to identify specific opportunities to improve the productivity of volume constrained freight.
The first step will be to look at the available information to better understand:
- the impacts of vehicle dimension constraints on productivity
- what type of vehicles and operations face volume constraints (as opposed to mass).
Next we will be talking to industry and governments to investigate the options available to improve the productivity of volume-constrained loads, including:
- using the current permits and access approvals systems
- examining examples of higher volume configurations used in jurisdictions that could be applied nationally
- examining if improved volumes can be accommodated under current PBS arrangements
- identifying possible risk management and compliance measures to provide assurance to road managers (such as location assurance or limiting speed under particular access schemes).
In November 2016, we released a discussion paper seeking feedback on ways to increase the volume of some heavy vehicles to increase their productivity. Submissions for this paper were due by Friday, 3 February 2017. For more information, or to make a submission, please contact Julian Del Beato, Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.