Now, we Ladies can cycle without the trucks on Beach Rd.,

Now, we Ladies can cycle without the trucks on Beach Rd.,

As of Feb.25th 2019:
Full time truck restrictions apply on Beach Road from Bay Street, Port Melbourne to Nepean Highway, Mordialloc.

This means truck drivers will be required to use the Nepean Highway and other freight routes unless:

  • completing a local delivery (this ensures businesses and the community located along this road can still receive goods and services)
  • loading and unloading goods and where there is no other route available
  • other nearby routes also have ‘no truck’ signs
  • they are a vehicle classified as over-dimension (OD) or oversize and overmass (OSOM), further information below.

What’s next?

Alongside Victoria Police, we will continue to monitor compliance with truck restriction regulations. It’s important to remember trucks play a crucial role in the transport of goods from our ports, around Victoria and interstate, providing thousands of jobs and contributing to Victoria’s economy.

That’s why we’ll continue to collect data over the next few months to help us better understand how trucks use Beach Road and the Nepean Highway, so that we can improve how we plan and manage the freight network.

We’re committed to making freight routes safer and more connected to improve traffic flow for truck drivers.

Project background

Since 2016 we’ve trialled extended truck restrictions along the Beach Road corridor, following community concerns surrounding the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, as well as local amenity.

  • In 2016 a camera trial was used to monitor truck movements during curfew and non-curfew periods in the area. Read about the Truck Camera survey findings [PDF 173Kb]
  • In November 2017 we commenced a trial which extended truck curfew times along the Beach Road corridor to include the period from 6am-1pm on Saturdays. Previously the curfews applied between 8pm-6am Monday to Saturday and from 1pm Saturday until 6am Monday. We asked for your feedback via online surveys to understand the impact of the trial. View the Beach Road truck curfew survey – community consultation report – August 2017 [PDF 881Kb]
  • A community reference group was established in 2017 to review how the curfews operated during the trial period between November 2017 and July 2018.
  • In May 2018, a community survey was conducted to assess the needs and movements along the corridor during the extended trial on Saturdays. View the 2018 community survey summary report [PDF 92Kb]
  • In July 2018, with considerable community support, made weekend truck restrictions along the Beach Road and Beaconsfield Parade corridor permanent
  • From 25 February 2019, 24/7 truck restrictions were introduced along Beach Road.

Truck restrictions, alternative routes and exemptions

A truck is classified as a vehicle over 4.5 tonnes gross weight, constructed to carry loads. The restriction does not apply to vehicles such as buses, caravans, cranes or concrete pumps.

Truck drivers must not drive past a ‘no trucks’ sign unless:

  • the destination of the truck is beyond the sign; and
  • the purpose is to load or unload goods and there is no other route to that destination; or
  • other routes to the destination also have no truck signs.

For more information on truck restrictions, refer to Rule 104 of the Road Safety Road Rules 2017 (External link PDF)(External link) (PDF) for the full wording and exemptions.

Alternative routes

Over dimensional vehicles

Beach Road will continue to be an over dimensional (OD) route during restrictions. Vehicle combinations that are more than 5.0m wide, or 5.0m high, or 30m long or 100 tonnes gross mass are called OD vehicles. There are regulations around what roads and routes these vehicles can or can’t take.

When OD routes are being used there may be lane and road closures to enable the vehicle/s to travel through the areas safely. OD routes are important as they help transport large, bulky and heavy items and superloads such as generators, which keep our city running.

Oversize/Overmass vehicles

Beach road will continue to be an Oversize & Overmass (OSOM) route. OSOM vehicles and combinations are those that transport indivisible loads. The gazetted OSOM map(External link) is specifically for OSOM vehicles operating under the gazette notice (without a permit) that are:

  • in excess of 2.5m up to 5.0m wide, and/or;
  • in excess of 4.3m up to 5.0m high, and/or;
  • in excess of 19.0m up to 30m long, and/or;
  • weighing in excess of 43.5t up to 100t.

OSOM combinations can also operate under permit at wider, higher and longer dimensions and heavier masses.

OSOM combinations operating on Beach Road will still be eligible to travel from 6:00am to 8:00pm, Monday to Friday. Travel outside of these times is subject to exemption by a Heavy Vehicle Permit.

For further information regarding heavy vehicle exemptions, please refer to the VicRoads web page for heavy vehicle network maps.