Noske Group to run super Bs in Victorian trial

Transport veteran Tony Noske puts hand up to participate in Victoria's super B-double trial

Noske Group to run super Bs in Victorian trial
Noske Group to run super Bs in Victorian trial
By Samantha Freestone | September 28, 2009

Transport veteran Tony Noske has put up his hand to participate in Victoria's super B-double trial.

The founder of Kalari and the fledgling Noske Group heavy truck operation reveals to ATN he is among the operators who will use the larger rigs under trial conditions announced earlier this month by the State Government.

Noske will use the combination, dubbed High Performance Freight Vehicles (HPFV) by the Government, from the beginning of next year to haul wood chips from a Portland mill.

Super B-doubles are capable of carrying two 40-foot containers and 30 percent more freight.

The trial will allow them on freeways that link the Port of Melbourne with industrial areas in the west and north, including the West Gate Freeway, Western Ring Road and Hume Freeway to Somerton.

In Portland, the so-called 'Green Triangle, super B-doubles will have access mainly to the Princes and Henty highways.

Noske and other operators will undergo a series of 16 road safety tests, must be accredited under the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) for mass management, and will be monitored under the Intelligent Access Project (IAP) to ensure vehicles remain on designated routes.

After only four years in operation, Noske tells ATN the company has carved a successful niche in Victorian transport with 30 B-doubles on the move.

The company was recently recognised at the NatRoad Awards, with Noske's most senior driver Michael Jenech named the Professional Driver of the Year and Operations Manager Jayden Tonkin recognised as a Young Achiever.

The company has quickly developed a positive staff culture, something Noske believes deserves "just as much attention as operations".

For the full story on veteran transport operator Tony Noske and his fledgling new venture see the October edition of ATN magazine, out next week.

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