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Heavy vehicle access has been improved for trucks travelling in the Outback and through the Riverland to improve the efficiency and safety of freight and livestock transportation, according to the South Australian government.
The measures are aimed at reducing supply chain costs and improving productivity by expanding the higher productivity vehicle network on South Australian roads.
“We have been working closely with farmers and regional transport operators to make changes which cut supply chain costs, improving productivity and saving money,” said Transport and Infrastructure Minister, Stephen Mullighan.
Access will reportedly be improved between the Riverland and the Victorian border for Performance-Based Standard Level 3A heavy vehicles and double road trains (each up to 36.5 metres long), and 35 metre B-triples.
These vehicles will be able to travel from northern Adelaide to the Riverland and the Victorian border via the Horrocks Highway, Sturt Highway, Kingston Road, Bookpurnong Road and Stanitzki Road.
When complete, vehicles up to 36.5 metres long will be able to travel the full length of the Sturt Highway to the border.
In the Outback, PBS Level 4A vehicles and triple road trains (up to 53.5 metres long) can now operate on the Strzelecki, Birdsville and Oodnadatta Tracks, as well as from Lyndhurst to Orroroo via the Outback Highway, Flinders Ranges Way and RM Williams Way.
These vehicles will also be able to operate on all current PBS Level 3A/36.5 metre road train routes in outback South Australia from 22 September 2017.
Longer heavy vehicles on Outback roads are required to: travel at a maximum speed of 70km/h on unsealed roads; operate only in dry conditions, where the road is not wet or holding pooled water; reduce to 25km/h on approaching another vehicle to minimise risks due to dust; and give way to all oncoming traffic at stock grids
This article first appeared on www.trailermag.com.au
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