Operation targets protest convoys

Convoys of trucks heading to Canberra to protest will be under a close watch of police

August 17, 2011

NSW Police will conduct a state-wide operation to minimise potential traffic disruptions caused by a series of protest convoys heading to Canberra on Monday.

Major roads across the state will be affected by the ‘Convoy of No Confidence’, which is organised by the National Road Freighters Association (NRFA), police believe.

Heavy vehicles are on their way from 11 locations across the country – with the first convoy having left Port Hedland in WA yesterday.

The separate convoys will travel through NSW on Saturday and Sunday before converging on Canberra on Monday.

The police will conduct ‘Operation Samara’ to facilitate the movement of the convoys and minimise potential traffic disruptions.

It will involve police from Traffic Services Branch and various local area commands.

"We are anticipating there’ll be a large number of heavy vehicles making up the 11 convoys, which will travel to the ACT," Operations Samara Commander and Acting Superintendent Bernie Ryan says.

"Obviously, those convoys will travel along many of our major thoroughfares to get to their destination and that will result in some disruptions to traffic.

"Our job is to minimise any disruptions to the motoring public and to ensure the event occurs without incident."

The convoy of trucks and other heavy vehicles will protest against the Federal Government and its poor governance.

"Police will always be out in force making sure that all road users obey traffic laws of NSW despite such operation," a police spokesman says.

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