Truckies using the Brisbane Urban Corridor can now be fined for using the route as a shortcut and not going on the Logan and Gateway Motorways. Obviously, heavy vehicles needing access to this area to drop off and pick up supplies are still able to use the local roads. File photo: Kristy Muir
Truckies using the Brisbane Urban Corridor can now be fined for using the route as a shortcut and not going on the Logan and Gateway Motorways. Obviously, heavy vehicles needing access to this area to drop off and pick up supplies are still able to use the local roads. File photo: Kristy Muir

Should truckies get a discount on toll roads?

QUEENSLAND Trucking Association chief executive officer Gary Mahon is calling on toll discounts for truckies so they use the Logan and Gateway motorways and avoid the local shortcut between Rocklea and Wishart.

Speaking to Quest News, Mr Mahon said he advocated strongly for a "model that could provide some relief with a discount rate for later evening usage of connecting toll roads".

He told the publication it could benefit congestion and safety and was likely to encourage greater use of toll roads.

He said truck drivers needed to take heed and that restrictions had been in place for some time.

"Unless there is an exceptional reason why (a truck driver) is on those roads, they should be using the toll way or another route," he said.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition camera technology was put in place to allow enforcement to stop heavy vehicles using the Brisbane Urban Corridor route which includes Mount Gravatt-Capalaba Rd, Kessels Rd, Riawena Rd and Granard Rd.

The report said that the Department of Transport and Main Roads had issued 218 warning letters during the trial period (October to December 2018) with one organisation receiving 41 warning letters.

Mansfield MP Corrine McMillan said the figures showed a number of heavy vehicles were using the short cut, which made it difficult for members of the community to access their homes, schools and businesses.  

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