Victorian pollie wants trucks driven out of town

By: Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi

A Victorian State MP wants police action claiming city centre ban has merely shifted heavy vehicle behaviour burden

Victorian pollie wants trucks driven out of town
Ian Trezise: wants ministerial and police action


A Geelong MP is calling on police to catch speeding trucks running amber lights in the area.

A truck ban on Geelong’s two main roads, Mercer and Malop streets, was introduced in February after Victoria’s road transport authority approved a council’s recommendation.

More than 500 trucks are now using other routes trying to rush through street lights, Geelong MP Ian Trezise says.

"The action I seek is for the minister to request local police to monitor or police the issue of large trucks allegedly speeding up in an attempt to catch green or amber lights at the corner of Ormond Road and McKillop Streets in East Geelong and in some instances allegedly running red lights," Trezise says.

"This issue has been raised with me by a number of residents who live in the immediate vicinity of that intersection and are concerned for their safety and the safety of people using the intersection.

"The problem has increased as a result of extra trucks being directed down both McKillop and Ryrie streets as a result of council banning the movement of trucks on a trial basis in Mercer and Malop streets in Geelong."

VicRoads and the police have been tasked with monitoring the trial, with the council and Truck Operations Committee making a call on permanent restrictions based on the data.

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