Councils stall super B-doubles in Victoria

Local councils stall introduction of high productivity vehicles in Victoria, as Brumby Government moves closer to announcing a trial date

Councils stall super B-doubles in Victoria
Super B-doubles on the way
By Samantha Freestone

Issues with local councils have stalled the introduction of high productivity vehicles in Victoria, but the Brumby Government is moving closer to announcing a start date for a trial.

Minister for Roads and Ports Tim Pallas says the Government has been held back from launching the trial because plans with councils have not been finalised.

Despite this, he expects a date will be known within the next two weeks as to when the vehicles will be introduced in and around regional Victoria.

The trial, which is part of the Victorian Transport Plan, will involve super B-double consisting of two 40-foot trailers running timber around the Portland area, otherwise known as the Green Triangle.

Pallas made the announcement during the Victorian Transport Association’s (VTA) Freight 2009 initiative.

Freight 2009 is a year-long series of organised and held by the VTA covering issues such as environment and productivity, people and careers, community concerns, technology and safety.

Pallas congratulated the VTA on the initiative and spoke of an "enviable relationship" between the himself and the association that no other state can boast.

Freight 2009 will deliver a series of summary presentations, debates and displays at Melbourne Park Function Centre in line with Freight week on September 7 and 8 this year.

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