B-double route clear
CROSS loading livestock will be a thing of the past for Western Australian and South Australian livestock operators travelling on the border.
Under new rules put forward by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, 27.5m B-doubles carrying sheep and cattle to a limited network will be able to continue on.
The specified network includes those running from the West Australian border to South Australian Livestock Exchange in Dublin, north of Adelaide.
“This is an important step forward saving time and improving animal welfare for livestock carriers across Western Australia,” chief executive officer of the NHVR Sal Petroccitto said.
“We spoke extensively to the operators in South Australia and Western Australia and agreed these livestock trucks could operate safely, and deliver the benefits for this important sector.
“This shows the benefits of the NHVR working closely with state governments and responding to the needs of industry groups and operators to deliver consistent cross-borders operating conditions.”
Previously B-double livestock carriers could only operate 26m vehicles under the Livestock Carrier Notice in South Australia which required cross loading of up to 650 head of sheep per truck on the SA-WA border.
Travel is now permitted for 27.5m long B-double combinations on the PBS Level 3A network, from the border to Dublin, via the Eyre Highway, Victoria Parade (Port Augusta), Augusta Highway, Port Wakefield Highway and Carslake Road in Dublin.
Livestock and Rural Transporters Association SA president David Smith said end of cross loading could save up to three hours.
“This was something we were keen to see happen, particularly due to the benefits it brings for animal welfare,” Mr Smith said.
“I’ve done the trip myself to cross load and it’s a difficult situation, transferring livestock alongside the highway.”
LRTA WA president Stephen Marley welcomed the change.
CHANGE ON THE BORDER: New rules make life easier for southern livestock transporters.