ARTA gains breakthrough on B-doubles

By: Jason Whittaker


The trucking lobby has made a breakthrough in getting multi-combination access on designated routes in Queensland. The State Government will allow

The trucking lobby has made a breakthrough in getting multi-combination access on designated routes in Queensland.

The State Government will allow two B-double sets linked with a dolly—known as BAB Quads—on its roads.

The move has been welcomed by the new president of the Australian Road Train Association (ARTA), Alan Magill.

He says the decision is the result of sustained pressure from the Queensland Trucking Council, which is made up of the ARTA, NatRoad, the Queensland Trucking Association and the Livestock Transporters Association of Queensland.

It has been a long struggle, however, with Magill saying it has taken seven years of intense lobbying from past ARTA presidents, Executive Director John Morris and association colleagues to persuade the Government.

Magill also thanked Queensland Transport’s Les Bruzsa for pushing the issue.

"Les Brusza has long been one of the true champions of innovative multi-combination vehicles, and we simply would not have been able to achieve such a breakthrough without his guiding assistance," Magill says.

"It is refreshing in an era when most regulation is concerned with stifling productivity gains that a government will formally recognise the genuine productive and safety benefits associated with allowing such a vehicle to operate on our roads."

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