Industry claims lack of consultation on changes to notice


SARTA claims new road train notice presents serious problems for South Australian operators.

Industry claims lack of consultation on changes to notice
SARTA Executive Director Steve Shearer says the changes present problems in South Australia because long-wheel base prime movers are commonly used.

 

A new South Australian road train notice which prohibits a prime mover and trailer from exceeding 19 metres has caused a stir in the transport industry.

The South Australian Road Transport Association (SARTA) claims it has not been consulted about the changes.

SARTA Executive Director Steve Shearer says while the requirements seem practical on the eastern seaboard, it presents a serious problem in South Australia because long-wheel base prime movers are commonly used.

"This requirement never existed previously in South Australia and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure have advised us that they were unaware of the inclusion of this requirement in the new national notice," Shearer says.

"We now understand from South Australia Police that they had previously raised the issue but none the less this requirement was still included in the notice.

"The class 2 Road Train notice which has replaced the previous SA gazettes requires that the prime mover and first trailer combination not exceed 19 metres, even when part of a road train configuration."

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