Curfew catches out truck drivers


Twenty five trucks have been intercepted in Melbourne’s west and 15 have been fined for breaching truck curfews

By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | September 25, 2013

Twenty five trucks have been intercepted in Melbourne’s west and 15 have been fined for breaching truck curfews since new laws were introduced by VicRoads two months ago.

Truck restrictions have been 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.

The move is designed to reduce truck traffic between Roberts Street and Hyde Street.

The Maribyrnong City Council has supported calls for an independent health study into the effects of truck traffic on residents by endorsing the Truck Action Advocacy Plan (TAAP).

It has met with the Victorian Government and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to discuss air and noise pollution emanating from truck traffic.

In a city development special meeting this week, the council agreed to continue advocating for more effective truck curfews and to lobby the Government to remove trucks from residential streets.

"The lack of major infrastructure improvements for the west of Melbourne in state and federal budgets is expected to be the case for the next seven years," the council says.

"Growth in truck traffic and demand is increasing. Council will continue to advocate for major infrastructure outcomes but must also promote workable measures in the short-term, involving both community and responsible agencies."

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