Free route assessment tool for road managers

An agreement between the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) will deliver a cutting-edge route assessment tool free to all road managers through the NHVR Portal.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the Restricted Access Vehicle Route Assessment Tool (or RAVRAT) would provide local governments with a consistent assessment tool and methodology when assessing heavy vehicle access requests.

“Heavy vehicle operators are looking to the NHVR and road managers to provide a consistent, transparent approach to making access decisions and this tool is an important step forward,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“This collaboration with ARRB and the Local Government Associations of Queensland, NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania will provide consistency while saving road managers time and money.”

ARRB’s State Technical Leader Matthew Bereni said RAVRAT 2.0 included a new user interface for the website and integration into NHVR Portal – Road Manager Module.

“There have been a number of improvements to RAVRAT which will ensure a reduction in assessment times as RAVRAT stores and reuses information from past assessments,” Mr Bereni said.

“RAVRAT currently incorporates three main route assessment modules with the aim to develop more modules in the future.”

To register for the RAVRAT services visit

For more information about using RAVRAT or the recent changes, please email