Trucks will soon to be banned from using the far right-hand lane on the Monash Freeway, as part of a new trial.

Restrictions will be imposed in both directions between Huntingdale Road, Mount Waverley and Jacksons Road, Noble Park from Monday February 5.

The nine-month trial is designed to reduce lane changing on the freeway. It’s the second stage in a trial to improve safety on the freeway following an initial trial of reduced speed limits for heavy vehicles, which finished in March last year.

Permanent restrictions are already in place along stretches of the Eastern Freeway and on the Princes Highway between Melbourne and Geelong.

“We know that the most common cause of crashes on the Monash involve lane changes and side swipes – we want to see this reduced and that’s what this trial is all about,” Acting Premier Tim Pallas said in a statement.

The Monash Freeway has the highest concentration of heavy vehicles of any freeway in Victoria.