The Route Planner tool has the ability for key information layers to be overlaid onto the base map. This allows an operator to view additional data for their planned journey, including approved heavy vehicle networks, road manager boundaries and other points of interest.
Network layers in the Route Planner tool are based on approved roads, if selected, a layer will provide a map of all roads a heavy vehicle can use under notice without a permit.
Following these network layers and cross referencing them for your route will maximise the chances of getting an approval for your access permit.
Currently most of the networks shown on NHVR maps are indicative. Please refer to the state road authorities' mapping sites to verify routing information https://www.nhvr.gov.au/about-us/useful-links
NHVR is working towards migrating all state authorities’ maps into the Route Planner tool creating a single set of national maps for heavy vehicles that is due to launch at the end of 2022.
As the first step in creating a single set of national maps, NHVR has ownership of the following networks:
SPV 3 @36t LGA roads (QLD)
SPV 4 @48t LGA roads (QLD)
SPV 5 @50t LGA roads (QLD)
SPV 50 to 70t LGA roads (QLD)
This means crane operators can rely on the above network map layers being up to date in the Route Planner and will no longer need to cross-reference with the relevant state maps.
When and how to use the layers’ feature
While NHVR is still in the process of taking full ownership of the other networks, using layers in route planning for the most popular combinations such as GML, HML B double, OSOM and some PBS networks can be quite effective.
Let’s look at the common reasons to turn on a network layer during route planning stage of your permit:
- Check the layer for your specific combination to see if your destination is already on an approved network. If you comply with the conditions of the approved network/notice, you may not require a permit.
- Remove the route that correlates with the approved network from your permit application and only apply for the roads that need a permit;
- Base your permit application on the closest match of an approved network layer to your vehicle combination for greater chances of approval.
Remember, that for all networks (except SPV listed above), you will need to refer to state road authorities’ maps to verify routing information.
State road transport authority mapping sites
State Roads layer
In situations where there might not be a network, or your combination is unique, it is recommended to plan your access permit around state road networks as much as possible.
A state road authority in most cases has more resources to fully assess a network for a unique vehicle. Planning your route based off approved state authority networks increases your chances for permit approval.
Hot Tips on using the Route Planner Tool
When using the Route Planner tool, keep these tips in mind for best use:
- Using waypoints by dragging and dropping a pin onto the map is much more effective that entering address in the fields provided
- Enter exact start and finish locations e.g. 400 m from an intersection . This can be included in the Route Notes, or when editing the Waypoint with the Pencil:
- To map a specific location accurately, use satellite view and/or measuring tool in the bottom left corner of the route planner
- Use Street view option to check route for any possible issues such as bridges, signage, right turns where possible. This feature can be especially useful when you are dealing with one way streets, tight corners or right turns
- Use ‘Additional information’ field to enter information such as access via service road.