Mon 05 Jan 2015

A new VicRoads Annual Permit Scheme for Prime Mover, Dolly and Low Loader Combinations:

VicRoads has established a new scheme that sets out the mass and dimension limits and operating conditions for a prime mover, dolly and low loader combination called the Annual Permit Scheme.

Operators can still use their A, B and C permits that detail mass and dimension limits for different low loader combinations until they expire.

Operators also have the option of applying for the much more convenient Oversize and Overmass (OSOM) Annual Permit Scheme, which also allows for an increase in the allowable mass and dimension limits under certain conditions.

Operating conditions have also been modified to reflect the increase in mass and dimensions. Specifically the new Annual Permit Scheme allows for combinations to be up to:

  • 100.0 tonnes (when using a dolly)
  • 82.5 tonnes (when not using a dolly)
  • 5.0 metres high
  • 30.0 metres long
  • 5.0 metres wide.

Other dimension limits that were not originally specified in the A, B and C scheme permits, have also been included such as a maximum rear overhang and maximum S-dimension (measured from the kingpin on the prime mover or dolly and the rear overhang line). There is no specific area on the application form to include the S-dimension. However, information regarding the S-dimension should be included in section 4 of the application form.

The scheme enables easier access to major arterial roads on the network, including most M, A and B roads, many C roads and some local roads. Last mile access on Local Government roads that are not already included on the map, as approved or conditionally approved, will require a separate application and consent from the council through the standard permit process.

Operators who have obtained the new permit can go to the new map network, which shows operators where their OSOM combinations may travel. The map network is constantly expanding as additional routes are pre-approved.

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