Local trucks monitored to fight dust problem

Trucking companies targeted in ongoing campaign to address dust in Melbourne suburb

October 5, 2010

Trucking companies and industries are being targeted in an ongoing campaign to address dust in the western Melbourne suburb of Brooklyn.

An Environmental Protection Agency director, Chris Webb, says the EPA is working with VicRoads and the local councils to address road issues in the area.

"The basis of the operation is to reinforce to companies that trucks entering and leaving premises may be tracking mud onto the roads and adding to the existing problem," Webb says.

A number of business inspections were carried out early this month along Paramount Rd to remind employers of their obligations to road safety, environmental and local laws.

Webb says the road had been cleaned to determine whether trucks entering and leaving any of the premises were tracking mud or dirt onto the roads, creating the potential for dust.

"This was the initial phase of an ongoing operation. While few incidents were identified at the time, EPA will continue to work with the councils and VicRoads to undertake these types of operations to ensure compliance," he says.

"The Brooklyn area continues to be a primary focus for EPA and we have thrown our support behind the sealing of Bunting and Jones roads and continual road maintenance and cleaning."

Webb says the EPA will work with councils in the area to improve compliance and road safety.

Maribyrnong councillor Michael Clarke says the council is continuing its own enforcement program to improve amenity in the area.

"The success of the dust enforcement blitz pilot in Maribyrnong is a great example of council working together with local communities and creating solutions for serious local amenity issues," Clarke says.

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