Transport during bushfires

The Department of Transport is working alongside emergency services, other government agencies and the Australian Defence Force to manage roads and public transport in fire-affected areas.

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For the latest emergency information, visit Vic Emergency.

For road closure information in bushfire-affected communities, visit VicTraffic.

Opening bushfire-affected roads 

We know that our road network is a lifeline for so many of our regional communities. Our number one priority is to provide safe road access for people to return to their homes and communities as soon as possible.

We are working with emergency services, other government agencies and the Australian Defence Force to open roads in bushfire-affected areas.

Crews from these organisations are inspecting and repairing around 900 kilometres of key roads in Gippsland and north-east Victoria that have been affected by bushfire.

Vital routes into isolated communities are being prioritised and wherever possible, roads are open with restricted access for residents, emergency services and vehicles carrying important supplies.

Remember that you may need to show identification to access some roads. If you need assistance to replace your driver licence, call VicRoads on 13 11 71.

Bushfires can damage roads in different ways. The most dangerous issue is the tens of thousands of trees that have been burned and need to be accessed by arborists.

We are working with other agencies to deliver these essential works as quickly as possible. Each road must be individually assessed and can only be reopened when it is safe to do so.

For information about road access, go to the VicTraffic website or download this fact sheet.

Driving in smoke

Motorists are asked to exercise caution with thick smoke reducing visibility on roads. 

Here are some tips for driving in smoke:

  • Use headlights on low-beam to improve visibility, even during the day.
  • Close windows.
  • Set air-conditioning to recirculation to reduce the smell of smoke inside the car.
  • Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front to allow safe braking distance.
  • Be mindful of cyclists and pedestrians who may not be as easy to see.
  • Pull over if visibility deteriorates and it becomes unsafe to continue. If you do pull over use your hazard lights.

Real-time traffic information is available at VicTraffic website and the VicTraffic mobile app.

Registration and ID for bushfire-affected residents 

When in a bushfire-affected area, you may need identification to pass through some traffic management points.

If you have lost your driver licence due to bushfire, VicRoads can provide you with a replacement at no fee.

To arrange a replacement card, call 13 11 71 or visit a VicRoads Customer Service Centre.

VicRoads can also assist you with replacing your registration documents or cancelling registration on a fire-damaged vehicle.

For more information, visit the VicRoads website.