ATA wants greater access for B-triples in NSW

ATA applies for greater access for B-triples on key freight routes in NSW

February 27, 2012

The Australian Trucking Association has applied to the NSW Government for greater access for B-triples on key freight routes in the state.

In its newsletter sent to its members last week, the ATA says the proposed routes cover all current and future approved Type 1 and Type 2 road train routes.

The application covers modular B-triple combinations using standard component vehicles up to a maximum of 35 metres in length.

The application proposes access from Narrandera to Sydney in both directions via the Sturt and Hume highways, the Hume Highway from the Sturt highway intersection to Albury on the Victorian border, and the length of the Newell Highway within NSW.

The ATA’s newsletter says the modular B-triple route into Sydney will terminate in the industrial areas adjacent to the M7. B-triples will not be allowed on arterial roads within Sydney or suburban streets.

"This application is about moving NSW into better, safer vehicles for the future, so we can manage the safety issues associated with ever increasing freight movement," ATA National Policy Manager David Coonan says.

He says the application, if approved, will allow the widespread uptake of B-triples across the state. Coonan says the higher productivity vehicles can decrease the number of trucks on the road, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lessen the wear on infrastructure.

"The Narrandera to Sydney link would also fill in the missing link for higher productivity vehicles through to Adelaide and Perth," Coonan says.

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