Truck ac­cess changes

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Moira Shire Coun­cil has unan­i­mously voted to al­low B-dou­ble truck ac­cess on lo­cal roads on a sea­sonal pe­riod be­tween Oc­to­ber 1 and April 30 each year.

Cr Peter Law­less said coun­cil had been work­ing with the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor to de­velop a scheme where B-dou­ble trucks could carry goods, in­clud­ing grain, hay and other fod­der prod­ucts, live­stock and fer­tiliser to and from ru­ral prop­er­ties.

‘‘This de­ci­sion elim­i­nates the need for trans­port op­er­a­tors to ap­ply and ob­tain a per­mit from the NHVR each time they plan to travel on a ru­ral road,’’ he said.

‘‘Trucks won’t be al­lowed to use these roads in the win­ter months which en­sures their pro­tec­tion from dam­age dur­ing wet con­di­tions.’’

Cr Law­less said the scheme had the sup­port of lo­cal trans­port op­er­a­tors.

‘‘A work­shop was con­ducted with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the NHVR, lo­cal trans­port op­er­a­tors and GrainCorp in Septem­ber,’’ he said.

‘‘The tra­di­tional per­mit scheme was not well sup­ported by trans­port op­er­a­tors due to po­ten­tial de­lays for ob­tain­ing an ap­proved per­mit, which also im­pacted their cus­tomers wait­ing for de­liv­er­ies of fod­der prod­ucts to feed their live­stock while the cur­rent drought con­di­tions re­main.

‘‘With this new scheme, the trans­port op­er­a­tor only needs to re­fer to the NHVR and VicRoads web­site maps that in­di­cate which roads have been ap­proved for use.’’

Cr Law­less said many fac­tors had been taken into ac­count be­fore the de­ci­sion was made, in­clud­ing dust sup­pres­sion, road de­te­ri­o­ra­tion and the ef­fect on prop­er­ties next to these roads.

‘‘We are ask­ing ev­ery­one to drive to the con­di­tions and be aware that large ve­hi­cles may now be us­ing ru­ral roads through­out the shire be­tween Oc­to­ber and April,’’ he said.

Roads which have bridge load lim­its or have been as­sessed as not suit­able for ac­cess by a truck such as un­made roads and ur­ban roads are still be ex­cluded from the scheme of ap­proved roads.

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