Cut truck speed limits in inner west: Hartland

Greens MP wants speed limits for trucks cut to 50km/h in Melbourne’s inner west after semi-trailer rollover

June 20, 2012

Victorian Greens MP Colleen Hartland wants the speed limit at a critical intersection in Footscray reduced following a rollover of a semi-trailer.

The truck rolled late last night, bringing down power lines at the Moore Street and Ballarat Road intersection. Hartland wants the speed limit to be cut to 50km/h.

"Moore Street is a residential area but is increasingly becoming a truck highway," Hartland says.

"In night-time hours residents have a truck hurtling past their door nearly every minute and in day time hours a truck almost every 20 seconds."

Hartland says residents have been raising concerns for years about the growing number of trucks in the inner west.

She has called on past and present governments to introduce a night time curfew and reduce the speed limit.

"These safety concerns are not limited to Moore Street. More than 21,000 trucks drive on inner west residential streets every single day, creating serious safety concerns. Many of these streets also have schools, kindergartens and child care centres on them," Hartland says.

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