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Video that paved the way for BAB quad road trains in Cobar

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Drivers of BABs and type 2 road trains driving through Cobar have this truckie to thank for the new route in western NSW.

The Queensland Trucking Assocation (QTA) shared the clip below in a recent email to members.

“The vision is supplied by the TfNSW team when they were monitoring the ability for BABs and type 2 Road Trains to make their way through a tight left hander in Cobar,” said QTA CEO Gary Mahon.

“The driver did a great job and gave the TfNSW team the confidence to open the route permanently to larger combinations.

“Our compliments to TfNSW and the driver of our member company IOR Petroleum.”

Mahon said this is a great example of road freight continuing to deliver regardless of the challenges and conditions faced.

He said it also shows how a practical simulation can easily assess how multi-combinations can handle on-road when assessing routes for access.

“QTA would like to commend TfNSW for their pragmatism when reviewing road train routes for Western NSW in the pressing flood circumstances. Rather than relying on desktop audits they allowed a on-road practical field demonstration by one of our members.”

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2 Comments

  1. Yes! Have to commend tfnsw on their ability to allow over length vehicles on roads they shouldn’t be on.
    Only have to look at the atrocious condition of regional roads in nsw to realise that!
    Nothing like paying through the nose for any type of vehicle in this country, only then to again pay top dollar to register and insure it, then to go out and destroy it by driving on nsw roads….well done tfnsw and NHVR

  2. It seems that our various regulatory bodies and industry associations have developed a phallic obsession whereby size is the only thing that matters. Multi trailer combinations have long been accepted as the most effective and efficient freight solution in remote Western,Northern and Central Australia. But the absolute folly of mixing various combinations with mixed speed restrictions in with a poorly trained general driving public on East coast major highways eg the Newell is a recipe for disaster. Add to that the ever diminishing and shallow pool of drivers with the experience and training to handle these combinations and the recipe is nearly complete.
    And the best that we have been offered by way of solution from the Federal Government is some half baked idea , seized upon by the ATA , for a truck drivers apprenticeship. Without any proper formulated curriculum or oversight from a recognised government training organisation eg TAFE it will simply provide another “ cash cow “ for some private training organisations

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