Victoria extends truck restrictions

New restrictions for trucks using the Eastern Freeway will begin next week, stopping them from using the right-hand lane

October 13, 2010

Truck drivers will be banned from using the right lane on the Eastern Freeway in Victoria from next week.

The ban will begin on October 19 and extends lane restrictions imposed by the Victorian Government in July on 38 kilometres of the Princes Freeway.

Drivers of vehicles over 4.5 tonnes who are caught using the right lane can be fined up to $358. The restriction applies 24-hours-a-day, but buses and caravans are excluded.

Minister for Roads and Ports Tim Pallas says the Government will continue to extend truck restrictions on freeways with three or more lanes.

"Following implementation of these restrictions on the Eastern Freeway, right lane restrictions for heavy vehicles will also shortly be introduced on sections of EastLink where there are at least three lanes," he says.

"While this initiative means that truck drivers cannot enter the far right lane, it’s also important all other vehicles drive safely and keep left on freeways unless overtaking."

According to Pallas, the initiative is about ensuring all motorists share the road network. However, truck drivers will only be informed of the changes at the last minute.

"VicRoads will unveil 46 signs along the 16 kilometre Eastern Freeway, between Springvale Road and Hoddle Street, at midnight on Monday, 18 October, to advise drivers of the restrictions," Pallas says.

He says the trucking industry should be commended for comply with the new arrangements.

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