Vic­to­rian truck lane ban be­gins

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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.

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