Safer, productive heavy vehicles on show in Toowoomba

The latest heavy vehicle technology will be on display for local governments and mayors at the National Local Government Roads and Transport Congress in Toowoomba today.

NHVR Executive Director Peter Caprioli said the showcase of Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme vehicles would allow local road managers to better understand options to tackle their local freight task.

“The demonstration of heavy vehicles highlights the unprecedented productivity and safety benefits we are seeing in these modern heavy vehicles,” Mr Caprioli said.

“The NHVR and industry are working closely with local governments across the country to inform them on the how high productivity heavy vehicles are safer and smarter and can help boost local productivity.

“These vehicles deliver the same amount of freight for fewer trips with overall less impact on the environment and local infrastructure, whilst in many cases incorporating the latest safety technologies.”

The heavy vehicles on show at the Toowoomba Showgrounds will include a 23m 5-axle truck and dog trailer combination, a 26m A-Double tanker combination, a 30m A-Double combination capable of transporting two 40ft shipping containers and one of the latest heavy vehicles being rolled out by the Australian Defence Force.

Australian Local Government Association President Troy Pickard said it was an excellent opportunity for local government representatives to realise the potential these high-productivity vehicles could have for their local economies.

“We encourage all local governments to work with the NHVR to gain a greater understanding of the advantages of using these vehicles are having on the national road network,” he said.

The demonstration day in Toowoomba followed the first showcase event held for Wide Bay regional mayors and councils in Bundaberg earlier this year by the NHVR.

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