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Freight Innovation Trials to Begin in Victoria

11 February 2015

The Andrews Labor Government is sponsoring a new framework to trial technology on the Victorian road network that will improve the operation of heavy vehicles and promote Victoria as Australia’s freight and logistics capital.

Minister for Roads, Luke Donnellan, called on the heavy vehicle, freight and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) industries to come forward with innovative approaches to using ITS and associated technology, to improve the productivity and safety of road freight transport in Victoria.

VicRoads and Transport Certification Australia (TCA) will assess proposals against a set of strategic and technical principles and implement trials over the next 12 months.

A wide range of innovative ideas, including technologies that can improve traffic signals for heavy vehicles, advise drivers of rest area locations so they can manage fatigue, alert them of low clearance routes or other restricted routes or link them with the rail network to help avoid delays around rail crossings.

This initiative is part of the Victorian Freight and Logistics Plan which aims to develop freight technology demonstration projects that improve the way we manage Victoria’s roads and improve transport and logistics routes.

If a trial of a technology proves successful, VicRoads can build a business case for securing Victorian Government funding to further develop and implement that technology across the road transport sector.

The freight and logistics sector contributes between $19 billion and $23 billion, representing eight percent of Victoria’s annual Gross State Product (GSP).

For further information, interested parties can go to vicroads.vic.gov.au/business-and-industry.

Quotes Attributable to the Minister for Road Safety, Luke Donnellan

“Our state is the freight and logistics capital of Australia.”

“We’re working with businesses, using their knowledge and their ideas to make our freight industry safer and more efficient.”

“If a trial of a technology proves successful, VicRoads can build a business case for securing Victorian Government funding to further develop and implement that technology across the road transport sector.”

Quotes Attributable to VicRoads Director of Road Operations, Dean Zabrieszach

“VicRoads and Transport Certification Australia are asking the heavy vehicle, freight and ITS industries to come forward with innovative proposals to trial ITS and technologies that can make the freight and logistics sector safer and more reliable.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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