Fear of B-triples on highway

COWPER MP Luke Hartsuyker says he’s worried about a plan to allow B-triple trucks to shift freight on the Pacific Highway.

He said Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese had released a draft National Land Freight Strategy which detailed the case for allowing the larger trucks to use the main highways.

Mr Hartsuyker said he was opposed to the idea of allowing B-triples, which can be up to 38 metres long, to move freight on the Pacific Highway.

“Given the state of the highway it is beyond belief the Government would consider allowing B-triples to travel the Pacific Highway,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“The mixture of local traffic and though traffic is a deadly one. It would be irresponsible or even negligent for any government to give the green light to this idea.

“We don’t want B-triples negotiating the Macksville Bridge, we don’t want B-triples travelling through the main street of Coffs Harbour or any other coastal community for that matter.

“As it stands, B-doubles cause existing motor vehicle drivers a lot grief. Imagine what it would be like if we had hundreds of bigger trucks travelling up and down the coast.”

Mr Hartsuyker said the proposal should be shelved indefinitely.

“At the very least no government should consider the B-triple option until at least the Pacific Highway duplication is complete.

“However, any future assessment would need to be made in the context of the traffic volumes at that time, which may mean B-triples should never be an option for the Pacific Highway.”

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