We're still monitoring trucks, VicRoads says

VicRoads rejects claims from residential lobby group that it has stopped monitoring truck curfews in Melbourne's west

By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | November 9, 2012

VicRoads has rejected claims from a residential lobby group that it has stopped monitoring truck curfews in Melbourne’s west.

The Maribyrnong Truck Action Group (MTAG) yesterday claimed VicRoads had stopped monitoring truck curfews on residential streets, accusing the government department of "abandoning its responsibilities to residents affected by trucks".

It is planning to hold a protest at Footscray’s Shepherd Bridge on November 27 to pressure the Victorian Government to finance new infrastructure projects to prevent trucks travelling to the port from using local roads.

VicRoads Metro North West Regional Director Patricia Liew says the department’s transport safety officers are enforcing the curfews and are working with the transport industry to ensure compliance.

It recently conducted a three-day blitz targeting trucks on all roads in the Yarraville area, she adds.

"VicRoads and the councils carry out annual traffic counts over the period of one week in March to monitor the effects of truck curfew restrictions in Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay," Liew says.

"The traffic counts are collected using electronic counting equipment and measure the volume of all traffic passing a particular location."

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