Victorian truck lane ban begins
THE Monash Freeway experimentation on the trucking industry will kick off again this month.
From February 5, trucks are to be banned from the far right-hand lane on the Monash Freeway in a trial in what the State Government says is to improve safety.
“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.
The restrictions will apply to trucks travelling in both directions on the Monash Freeway between Huntingdale Rd, Mount Waverley and Jacksons Rd, Noble Park.
The trial also gained the support of the Victorian Transport Association.
“The Monash Freeway is the most heavily used road in Victoria by trucks travelling between Melbourne’s south-east and through to other parts of the state, and it is vital that measures to improve productivity are implemented to keep the freeway safe and efficient for all road users,” VTA CEO Peter Anderson said.
The right-hand lane truck ban trial is the second truck related trail to take place on the freeway in as many years.
The previous trial, which reduced the speed limits of heavy vehicles, was reversed in 2017 due to reports of aggressive motorist behaviour.
Feedback on the ninemonth trial is welcome.
LANE BAN: A trial on Victoria’s Monash Freeway will start this month.