VicRoads extends west Melbourne restrictions

VicRoads amends truck curfews in Melbourne's west and will soon enforce the changes

By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | July 18, 2013

With almost 350 truck drivers served with infringement notices in Melbourne’s west in the past three years, VicRoads has amended truck curfews and will soon enforce the changes.

Truck restrictions will be extended in Yarraville on Douglas Parade and south of the West Gate Freeway, with some adjustments made to the location of curfew signage on the western end of Francis Street in a bid to reduce truck traffic between Roberts Street and Hyde Street.

VicRoads has been educating the industry on the second stage of a campaign involving engineering, education and enforcement responses, its Regional Director for the north-west metropolitan region Patricia Liew says.

"The education element consisted of a multi-pronged campaign targeting drivers, operators and industry, providing a brochure explaining the current curfews and the law around these," Liew says.

"VicRoads Transport Safety Services distributed these to drivers at routine stops and to operators through engagement activities."

VicRoads will also be undertaking enforcement blitzes – one every week for three months, underpinning the changes.

"During these blitzes, any trucks breaking curfews will receive infringement notices and the brochure to back up the need for the curfew and to provide information about the booking," Liew adds.

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