VicRoads' education campaign reaps rewards


Only nine truck drivers breached heavy vehicle curfews in Melbourne's west during the first week of an enforcement blitz

By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | July 22, 2013

Only nine truck drivers breached heavy vehicle curfews in Melbourne’s west during the first week of an enforcement blitz that will continue throughout the year.

VicRoads began a public campaign last week, targeting truck drivers after existing truck curfews in Yarraville were extended.

VicRoads Regional Director Patricia Liew says the low number of breaches is proof the education campaign is working.

"This is really encouraging as we have put a lot of energy into delivering the right result for the community and this shows that the message about curfews is being really strongly reinforced," Liew says.

"We’ve already completed the engineering stage, in which we made sure the signage is clear and meaningful, and positioned clearly. The education element was a great way to back this up and ensure that industry and the community are aware of our actions here.

"Now the first stage of enforcement has been completed, we have a baseline from which to continue into the future."

VicRoads has been in close talks with the transport industry and the community to enforce curfews on Francis Street and Somerville Road.

It will continue undertaking one enforcement blitz a week for three months, monitoring truck traffic.

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