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WA government extends road train permits

The permits have been used to help resupply the state’s supermarkets

The McGowan WA government is extending the flood relief permits for road trains descending Greenmount Hill to March 27.

The extension allows 36.5-metre double road trains access to Perth freight depots under escort from Northam and down Greenmount Hill to Roe Highway.

Further exemptions allow road trains access up the hill to backload perishables for the eastern states after floods have affected Australia’s supply chain.

This extension of the permits means freight operators get more help in moving goods onto supermarket shelves quicker.

So far, 188 convoys of up to four road trains involving a total of 282 vehicles have accessed Roe Highway from Northam since the special conditions were implemented on February 2.

Mark McGowan and Rita Saffioti have extended the road train border permits

Previously, 36.5-metre road trains had to break down to single trailers or 27.5-metre combinations at Northam to complete their journey into Perth.

These conditions are in place to mitigate impacts caused by the January floods in SA which disrupted road and rail freight movements and caused McGowan to establish a shipping taskforce on the supply chain.

The special permit is open to any transport operator carrying refrigerated perishables only, with one SA-based company having expressed interest and are likely to begin eastbound haulage in the next week.

Permits will be issued under strict regulation, including:

  • Trucks driving up Greenmount Hill only between the hours of 10am and 2pm
  • They must carry product that doesn’t compete with rail freight; and
  • The prime movers must be equipped with the latest in safety technology including in-cabin fatigue monitoring systems

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Since February 2, WA has allowed 63.5-metre road trains to operate from the SA border to Kalgoorlie, where they are off-loaded onto rail or broken down, again as part of the flood relief permit system.

This ceases on March 13 following a decision by the national heavy vehicle regulator to end these operations in SA.

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