Rocke Brothers seek A-Double license

By: Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi


Container carrier seeks VicRoads approval to haul heavier loads

Rocke Brothers seek A-Double license
Paul Rocke

 

Victorian container carrier Rocke Brothers is seeking to obtain an A-double licence so they can carry more weight.

The Tottenham business is hoping to cart two 27-tonne containers per load.

It is a move that could take up to 7,000 trucks off the road each year, the equivalent of 20,000 movements, managing director Paul Rocke says.

The waterfront carrier currently carts 68-tonne containers for its 300 customers at the port of Melbourne.

A VicRoads spokesperson says the operator made contact with the road authority a year ago.

"VicRoads are working with Rocke Brothers on their proposal to operate an A-double from their Lara depot," the spokesperson says.

 Rocke says he’s positive that the proposal will go though.

"To me it’s a no brainer because people want to get the trucks off the road by having bigger and safer trucks," Rocke says.

"We are looking at carting 72 tonnes ... currently we’re at 68. You can drive down Geelong Road and drive over any bridge with a truck that weighs over 45 tonne and a truck right beside it that’s 45 tonne but you can’t have a truck with 70 tonne going that way, which doesn’t make sense.

"To me, it will evolve but how quickly is the question."

Check out our recent video profile of Rocke Brothers here.

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