Trucks move safely and freely in Western Downs


Freight operators are getting on with the job with unnecessary paperwork removed. Road train and b-double routes have received pre-approval to service various feedlots and large rural operations, within the Western Downs Regional Council boosting local productivity.

NHVR Director for Access, Peter Caprioli said following discussions with the Council, Member for Condamine, Pat Weir, and National Vice-President of Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters' Association and Martins Haulage representative, Graeme Hoare an agreement was reached to allow road train and b-double access on designated routes, transporting livestock and rural commodities to service these operations, without requiring council approval, streamlining the process for everyone involved.

"Although applications for travel will still be needed, Council's pre-approval removes the requirement for the NHVR to contact Council in each case prior to issuing any permit. Consent would be required from the Department of Transport and Main Roads for travel where there is interaction with state roads.

"This removes a timely and inefficient element to the permit process allowing transporters to more effectively deliver the freight which benefits not only farmers, who produce the goods, but also the local community who consume them.

Member for Condamine, Pat Weir, said the pre-approval for these vehicles operating within our Council area is great news for local transporters and the agricultural industry.

"I am glad we were able to come together and reach a sensible solution for our local area providing much needed efficiency gains to the heavy vehicle industry.

Mayor of the Western Downs Regional Council, Ray Brown, said in a collaborated effort to further reduce red tape, the Council will allow permits to be granted for a period up to a maximum term of three years. If circumstances change, we will advise the NHVR formally of any change in expectation.

"The pre-approval routes include Aronui Feedlot (from Dalby), Bottle Tree Feedlot, Sandalwood Feedlot (from Dalby) and large rural enterprises in the Auburn area of Western Downs including the Auburn Road to Council Boundary, Hawkwood Road, Andrews Road, Knudsens Road and Canns Road," said Mr Brown.

Graeme Hoare said he was grateful that all parties could agree on the pre-approval routes which will have such a positive impact on local jobs in the heavy vehicle and agricultural industry.

Please note: This pre-approval does not include state-owned roads, consent is still required from the Department of Transport and Main Roads for state roads and intersections.


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