Don't use compression brakes on Monash, pollie urges

Truck drivers using Monash Freeway have been asked to stop using compression brakes at night after complaints from residents

By Ruza Zivkusic | July 6, 2011

Truck drivers travelling on Melbourne’s Monash Freeway are being asked to stop using compression brakes at night after residents complained of being kept awake.

Burwood MP Graham Watt is calling on drivers to be considerate while travelling in Glen Iris and says he has informed Transport Minister Terry Mulder about the use of compression brakes.

"A few weeks ago it was particularly bad. I live not far from the freeway and some of the noise emanating from trucks when they’re braking is particularly bad and I’ve had residents contact me about this issue as well," he says.

Watt has questioned why truck drivers need to use their compression brakes in the area because they are travelling along a flat stretch of road.

He says it would help if they slowed down before approaching High Street.

"Any driver who has been down once or twice would know that that’s the point where speed limit changes, especially at night. I don’t believe it’s a safety issue to have to use your brakes at that point," Watt says.

Meanwhile, VicRoads has begun installing noise barriers on the Monash Freeway in Mount Waverley.

The $4.2 million project will replace existing sections of noise walls on the freeway between Huntingdale Road and Stanley Avenue, with construction due for completion in October.

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