A trial of alternative escort arrangements for bridge girder movements in Queensland has now been extended until December 18, 2022.
The trial, being conducted by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), in partnership with the Queensland Police Service (QPS), was originally due to run for only three months.
However, it has now been extended to align with the commencement of the Christmas restrictions as detailed in the Queensland Access Conditions Guide.
For operators wanting to participate in the trial, a Traffic Management Plan needs to be submitted at the time of lodging a permit application via the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR). All vehicles involved in the trial must operate under a permit issued by the NHVR and operators must comply with additional reporting requirements.
The Traffic Management Plan aims to identify and mitigate traffic hazards and risks associated with the proposed movement.
This will assist TMR and QPS in assessing the specific route and traffic environment for suitability to participate in the trial and to ensure application of risk mitigation strategies on a case-by-case basis providing a more tailored approach to escorting requirements.
Effectiveness of the alternative escort arrangements will be evaluated at the conclusion of the trial.
Any questions regarding the trial should be directed to the TMR Heavy Vehicle Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org.