Heavy vehicle capabilities on display in Toowoomba

By: Anjali Behl


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Event aimed to demonstrate whether bigger trucks can help reduce the impact on local roads

 

A range of high-productivity vehicles showcased their productivity and safety benefits in a demonstration event held at the Toowoomba Showgrounds on Wednesday.

Administered under the NHVR Performance-Based Standards (PBS) program, the vehicles exhibited their performance benefits and impact on local roads, as well as their contribution to the viability of local businesses.

On display were:                                                                      

  • 23m 5 axle truck and dog trailer combination
  • 26m A-Double tanker combination
  • 30m A-Double combination capable of transporting two 40ft shipping containers
  • A new heavy vehicle being rolled out by Australian Defence Force.

Part of the ongoing National Local Government Roads and Transport Congress, the open day offered road managers an opportunity to better understand options to tackle their local freight task.

Organised by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) in association with the Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC), the event was attended by TRC deputy mayor Carol Taylor, TRC infrastructure services portfolio leader James O’Shea, NHVR director – access Peter Caprioli, and Australian Local Government Association vice president and Mayor of Alice Springs Damien Ryan.

"It was great to see trucking industry representatives having a range of conversations with councils to give them a better understanding of the capabilities of these vehicles," NHVR stakeholder specialist Tim Hansen says.

"A number of councils are keen to explore how the vehicles can be part of major projects planned in their areas.

"The event was also a great demonstration of the cooperation between the NHVR, industry and road managers to make gains in productivity and safety in Australia's road freight task."

NHVR says the event was in keeping with the success of another similar heavy vehicle demonstration event held in Bundaberg in August.

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