The Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA) is celebrating a significant win after successfully driving reform for consistent road train access in NSW.
Following an announcement earlier today, NSW Minister for Regional Transport Paul Toole MP confirmed more road trains will be able to use more of the road train network in NSW.
They are touted to bring consistency of access for similar performing vehicles, including flexibility in telematics and suspension requirements.
In response to the news, LBRCA President Paul Pulver commended the efforts of the NSW Government.
“This significant and critical reform will remove roadblocks that have stifled productivity and growth of many NSW operators over the years because of inconsistent road train access east of the Newell Highway,” Pulver says.
“However, in acknowledging this exciting reform we must not lose sight of the last mile of the Newell Highway, through Parkes, that remains the missing link for road train access on this key freight corridor.
“To truly realise the benefits of this reform, we must now focus our efforts on removing the need to divert road train combinations onto secondary roads from the Newell Highway to avoid the town centre of Parkes,” he adds.
The LBRCA is now concentrating its efforts on this final piece of the Newell Highway road train access puzzle by preparing for meetings with relevant local, state and federal government authorities.
“This reform would not be possible without the determination and leadership by Transport for NSW representatives including Susie Mckay, Executive Director of Freight and Scott Greenow, Acting Director of Freight,” adds Pulver.
Transport for NSW has developed a range of resources and fact sheets to support industry in understanding and adapting to the changes to road train access in NSW.
To view a list of the key changes, please click here.