On some roads and freeways in Victoria, trucks over 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass (GVM) are restricted from the right lane. 'No Truck' signs on the freeway and at entry points indicate where this restriction is in place. The sign may apply 24 hours a day or may be time-based.
There are several exceptions where trucks can pass the sign including:
- if they are loading or unloading goods to a location that can only be reached by passing the sign
- emergency vehicles
- garbage vehicles
- cars towing a caravan
- trucks with a VicRoads permit,
- vehicles under VicRoads or police escort.
Restricting trucks from the right lane on multi-lane freeways is aimed at improving safety and encouraging better road sharing, while also creating a more efficient driving environment.
Other drivers are also reminded to keep left unless overtaking to improve traffic flow on our roads and reduce driver frustration.
For more information see the Victorian Road Safety Road Rules 2017 rule 104.