Truck ri­vals unite for rad­i­cal plan

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COM­MU­NI­TIES in Mel­bourne’s in­ner west, freight op­er­a­tors and the en­vi­ron­ment would ben­e­fit from a plan to in­cen­tivise the use of mod­ern lower-emis­sion trucks as a con­di­tion for them be­ing able to travel through the area for longer hours on roads that have truck cur­fews.

Un­der the Vic­to­rian Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion and Maribyrnong Truck Ac­tion Group’s Maribyrnong Cleaner Freight Ini­tia­tive, ac­cess times for trucks us­ing Fran­cis St, Somerville Rd and Moore St in Yar­rav­ille would be in­creased for ac­cred­ited op­er­a­tors and re­duced for those without ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

To qual­ify, op­er­a­tors must use prime movers that have low-emis­sion Euro 5 com­pli­ant or greater en­gines. Ex­hausts would be fit­ted with emis­sion con­trol sys­tems and dan­ger­ous goods plac­arded ve­hi­cles re­quired to dis­play highly re­flec­tive con­spicu­ity tape to in­crease vis­i­bil­ity.

Ac­cred­ited op­er­a­tors would be fit­ted with GPS tech­nol­ogy and data made avail­able for third-party re­view as an en­force­ment and com­pli­ance tool.

Cur­fews on Buck­ley St and Wil­liamstown Rd would also be in­tro­duced and re­duced speed lim­its of 50km/h ap­plied to all ve­hi­cles us­ing gazetted freight routes in the City of Maribyrnong as part of the plan.

VTA chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter An­der­son said the trans­port in­dus­try was show­ing lead­er­ship and cre­at­ing har­mony be­tween res­i­dents and freight op­er­a­tors and that the Maribyrnong Cleaner Freight Ini­tia­tive would in­crease stan­dards and pro­duc­tiv­ity gains.

IN­CEN­TIVE: VTA chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter An­der­son and MTAG sec­re­tary Martin Wurt in front of a Euro 5 prime mover.

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