Hit the web to plan

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PLAN­NING routes for heavy haulers should be a lot eas­ier, thanks to a web por­tal set up by the Na­tional Trans­port Com­mis­sion. The pro­gram, which can be used free at www.ntc.gov.au, is an in­ter­ac­tive map used to plan routes across all Aus­tralian states and ter­ri­to­ries. Cat­e­gories in­clude level 1, equiv­a­lent to gen­eral ac­cess and lim­ited to 20m long and 50.5 tonnes; level 2, for B dou­ble routes; level 3, for road trains type I; and level 4, for road trains type II. NTC chief ex­ec­u­tive Nick Di­mopou­los says: ‘‘This will be­come a valu­able tool for the truck­ing in­dus­try and will en­hance our abil­ity to move to­wards a more na­tion­ally con­sis­tent and pro­duc­tive trans­port sys­tem.’’

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