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Temporary higher freight limits on certain roads to assist with access during floods

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has issued a notice allowing increased freight capacity on alternative road networks to assist parts of the supply chain affected by flooding.

This is in a bid to help ensure that food and other essentials can get between South Australia and the Northern Territory while key road and rail routes in Central Australia are cut-off by flooding.

The National Class 2 Supplementary Access (Northern Territory Assistance) Authorisation Notice 2022 (No.1) provides Class 2 heavy vehicles that are road trains up to 53.5m long with temporary access to a specified route from South Australia to Queensland via New South Wales, to join the Road Train Type 2 Network through Queensland to Darwin.

While this notice remains in place, all other vehicles are advised to exercise extra caution while overtaking, as these road trains are longer than the vehicles that are normally allowed to operate on the route.

This notice will expire at midnight on February 24, 2022.

To read more about the notice, click here.

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