Mobile crane operators will benefit from greater clarity when accessing major ports via road, following the Victorian Government’s release of eight pre-approved heavy-vehicle road maps.

The maps – which are an Australian first – are for mobile cranes with 6 to 9-axles and will ensure they can continue delivering projects without the need for a bridge assessment.

The maps will also assist operators with direct access from the ports of Portland, Geelong and Melbourne to a number of depots identified by the industry and several wind farm locations in western Victoria.

Victoria’s Minister for Ports and Freight, Melissa Horne, said the decision would provide greater clarity and improve direct access to ports and depots.

“We’re supporting our heavy vehicle industry and improving efficiency for our mobile crane operators through the release of these pre-approved maps,’’ Ms Horne said.

“These maps will give operators information about where they can travel, as well as assist operators with direct access from our ports to depots.”

Victoria’s Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Ben Carroll, expressed similar optimism.

“Mobile crane operators will benefit most from the release of these new maps – which will make it easier for them to travel across the road network and ensure they can continue delivering key projects across the state,” Mr Carroll said.

The network of pre-approved routes has been expanded to include key corridors such as the Hamilton, Calder and Glenelg Highways, further facilitating windfarm development in and around those corridors.

Operators will still need to apply for access permits for these cranes but will no longer need individual route assessments on the published routes.

Publication of the mobile crane maps has been a priority of the Heavy Vehicle Permit Reform Roadmap, funded by the Victorian Government’s Regulatory Reform Incentive Fund.

The new maps can be viewed and downloaded at: https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/business-and-industry/heavy-vehicle-industry/heavy-vehicle-map-networks-in-victoria/cl1-spv-osom

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