Freeway restrictions on trucks not working

A ban on trucks using right-hand lane on Melbourne's Eastern Freeway is making little difference, according to new figures

By Ruza Zivkusic | August 31, 2011

A ban on trucks using the right-hand lane on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway is making little difference, according to new figures.

The Victorian Road Freight Advisory Council says the impact of truck lane restrictions on the average speed of vehicles travelling on the Princes Freeway is minimal, particularly for heavy vehicles.

Figures show that where the truck lane restriction has been implemented the difference in the average speed of trucks prior to and after the implementation is approximately 1 km/hr.

According to the figures, truck speed is slower in the Geelong-bound direction and 1 km/hr faster in the Melbourne-bound direction than those travelling where the restriction is not in place.

The data was collected during one week in May.

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