The Victorian Government has taken further steps to minimise the risks to heavy vehicle drivers, their passengers and other road users, by extending the zero blood alcohol concentration (BAC) requirement to all drivers of heavy vehicles. The blood-alcohol limit is now zero for drivers of heavy vehicles greater than 4.5 tonne (GVM).
The new zero BAC statutory requirement for all heavy vehicle drivers came into effect on 1 April 2021.
Previously the zero BAC requirement only applied to drivers of “larger vehicles”, that is vehicles with a GVM greater than 15 tonnes. From 1 April, the zero BAC requirement applies to drivers of all heavy vehicles which are defined as vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) greater than 4.5 tonnes.
Heavy vehicle drivers can face harsh penalties if they are caught drink-driving.
VicRoads has produced a Fact Sheet which can be downloaded here.