Centurion Transport and Qube Bulk are taking part in a new road train signage trial that’s currently underway in WA.
The Main Roads Heavy Vehicle Services (HVS) trial involves signage that provides additional information to motorists about the length and type of road train that’s in front of them.
Main Roads HVS says this safety initiative is designed to assist road users in making more informed decisions about how they share the road and overtake road trains.
“The existing ‘Long Vehicle’ and ‘Road Train’ warning signs are vague in terms of what type of vehicle is actually in front of drivers. The new signage being trialled will replace them and provide an illustrative example of the vehicle combination, and an indication of the length of the vehicle combination it is fitted to. The signs also align to the ‘road train route’ signs that are often seen on regional highways,” Main Roads HVS said in a statement.
“A suite of signs have been developed to cover the standard 27.5 metre, 36.5 metre, and 53.5 metre combinations, as well as Performance Based Standards (PBS) Scheme 30 metre, 32 metre and 42 metre combinations. A special sign is already in use for 60 metre PBS road trains.”
Centurion Transport and Qube Bulk will participate in the trial by fitting the signs to some of their vehicles.
Main Roads HVS says other operators can participate in the trial but will require an approval letter from HVS. Operators can register their interest to take part in the trial by emailing email@example.com, however operators are required to pay for their own signage.
If the trial is successful, Main Roads HVS plans to implement the new signage for all Class 2 and 3 Restricted Access Vehicles (RAVs) in WA, including B-doubles, road trains and rigid truck and trailer combinations. Main Roads HVS will also liaise with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to share feedback received in a bid to encourage them to adopt the same signage.