Truck advancements to make public roads safer
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.