ALDODA seeks meeting over Adelong truck curfew

Australian Long Distance Owner Drivers Association president wants a truck curfew lifted in Adelong in New South Wales

By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | July 2, 2013

The Australian Long Distance Owner Drivers Association (ALDODA) wants a truck curfew lifted in Adelong in New South Wales.

ALDODA President Bunny Brown wants the the Tumut Council to meet with trucking operators to discuss the curfew, which Brown says adds an extra hour of travelling time to each trip.

The curfew was put in place 10 years ago when the Visy paper mill development was approved.

Brown says Visy changed its loading system to work with the trucking industry and appropriate authorities and believes there is no need for a curfew.

"There were more trucks running through Adelong 25 years ago when Laminex Industries were operating in Wagga [Wagga]," Brown says.

"We need a detailed record of the projected number of vehicles that were thought would travel through Adelong during curfew hours before Visy was built and the number that actually travelled through when the two yearly reviews were done.

"The council has overestimated truck movements. They said there would be three trucks every minute and that’s just ridiculous."

Brown has sent a letter to the council requesting a meeting, saying the transport industry was never involved in initial discussions.

"We want to have it done properly. If it comes up that there is a truck running through every three minutes then we’ll accept it," he says.

"We want the council with Visy to call a proper meeting where everyone concerned has a say."

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