Per­spec­tive from cab not a good one

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - Rob Thomas, Cottes­loe.

MY con­grat­u­la­tions on re­porter Jon Bas­sett’s ini­tia­tive in last week’s edi­tion by leap­ing into the cab with a truckie so as to give your read­ers the per­spec­tive that the con­tainer truck driv­ers see ev­ery time they use the Curtin Av­enue route to get to Scar­bor­ough, Os­borne Park or other sub­urbs.

Now all we need to do is get through to the peo­ple who live in Cottes­loe who are in favour of the PFL that it will cre­ate an in­crease in the num­ber of trucks us­ing Curtin Av­enue, Stir­ling High­way, Marine Pa­rade and North Street; dra­mat­i­cally in­crease the con­ges­tion around the Jar­rad and Eric streets’ cross­ings as cars bank up be­hind the trucks and in­crease the chance of a traf­fic fatality caused by im­pa­tient car driv­ers who leapfrog trucks as they slow down for traf­fic lights and round­abouts.

These driv­ers do not re­alise that they are “steal­ing” the space that the truck needs in which to brake and by do­ing this they dra­mat­i­cally in­crease their chance of be­ing rear ended by a very large and heavy ve­hi­cle.

The ba­sic eco­nom­ics of run­ning a com­mer­cial haulage ve­hi­cle is that quicker turn­arounds mean more loads and more loads mean more in­come.

So if you were run­ning a truck and you knew that Curtin Av­enue and West Coast High­way was the most di­rect route from Fre­man­tle Port to Os­borne Park, Malaga and so forth and you were sav­ing money by not pay­ing a toll fee which way would you go?

You do not need to be a rocket sci­en­tist to work out that an­swer.

That is why if the PFL goes ahead the con­tainer truck traf­fic on Curtin Av­enue will in­crease dra­mat­i­cally; even the peo­ple at Main Roads who deal with trucks ac­knowl­edge that.

The PFL will cause an in­crease in the num­ber of trucks pass­ing through Cottes­loe, us­ing Curtin Av­enue or Stir­ling High­way, and this will cre­ate a con­tin­u­ous prob­lem for res­i­dents and road users in Cottes­loe and other sub­urbs on the same truck route.

There­fore, com­mon sense needs to pre­vail with the PFL scrapped and the money spent on up­grad­ing the roads and freight-hold­ing ar­eas ad­ja­cent to the outer har­bour at Kwinana.

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