B-dou­ble route clear

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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.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

CHANGE ON THE BOR­DER: New rules make life eas­ier for south­ern live­stock trans­porters.

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