Truck ad­vance­ments to make pub­lic roads safer

Isis Town and Country - - NEWS -

TRANS­PORT in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives and lo­cal coun­cils were re­cently treated to a heavy ve­hi­cle demon­stra­tion.

Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Jack Dempsey said the demon­stra­tion day was the first to be held na­tion­ally by the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor since 2003 and he was de­lighted Bund­aberg had been se­lected to host the demon­stra­tion.

“While the gen­eral in­dus­try over­view high­lighted the im­proved ca­pa­bil­i­ties of (Per­for­manceBased Stan­dards) ve­hi­cles and their adapt­abil­ity to eas­ily tran­sit through pop­u­lated ar­eas, the ac­tual demon­stra­tions in­volv­ing some of th­ese higher ca­pac­ity ve­hi­cles proved a gen­uine eye-opener.

“In ad­di­tion to the demon­stra­tions, the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with trans­port op­er­a­tors and busi­nesses that rely on ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient trans­port op­tions pro­vided coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives with a range of op­tions to ad­dress reg­u­la­tory is­sues that cur­rently neg­a­tively im­pacted on trans­port ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

“Coun­cil en­gi­neers were able to wit­ness the turn­ing and op­er­a­tional dy­nam­ics of th­ese large ve­hi­cles in lo­cal con­di­tions and as­cer­tain any im­pact on road con­fig­u­ra­tion.

“One point in ex­am­ple is a de­sire by the Isis Cen­tral Sugar Mill to in­crease its load limit on road-hauled cane from three-bin trail­ers to four-bin trail­ers.

“The demon­stra­tion PBS ve­hi­cle equipped with four 6.2 tonne bins cer­tainly had no dif­fi­culty in travers­ing round­abouts and is said to have an al­most iden­ti­cal ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity to the three-bin trail­ers.

“Mill rep­re­sen­ta­tives said the great ad­van­tage of an ad­di­tional bin is that it would re­duce the to­tal gross load on our road net­works by any­where be­tween 118,000 to 320,000 tonnes,” Cr Dempsey said.

“While there would be eco­nomic ben­e­fits for the mill, a ma­jor plus for lo­cal road users could be the re­moval of well in ex­cess of 22,000 heavy ve­hi­cle traf­fic move­ments per har­vest­ing sea­son. This has to im­prove road safety.”

BIG RIG: Mayor Jack Dempsey with Isis Cen­tral Mill chair­man of direc­tors Peter Russo, CEO John Gor­ringe (right) and staff Gary Ralph (rear left) and Paul Ni­col.

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