INCENTIVE: VTA chief executive Peter Anderson and MTAG secretary Martin Wurt in front of a Euro 5 prime mover.
INCENTIVE: VTA chief executive Peter Anderson and MTAG secretary Martin Wurt in front of a Euro 5 prime mover.

Truck rivals unite for radical plan

COMMUNITIES in Melbourne's inner west, freight operators and the environment would benefit from a plan to incentivise the use of modern lower-emission trucks as a condition for them being able to travel through the area for longer hours on roads that have truck curfews.

Under the Victorian Transport Association and Maribyrnong Truck Action Group's Maribyrnong Cleaner Freight Initiative, access times for trucks using Francis St, Somerville Rd and Moore St in Yarraville would be increased for accredited operators and reduced for those without accreditation.

To qualify, operators must use prime movers that have low-emission Euro 5 compliant or greater engines. Exhausts would be fitted with emission control systems and dangerous goods placarded vehicles required to display highly reflective conspicuity tape to increase visibility.

Accredited operators would be fitted with GPS technology and data made available for third-party review as an enforcement and compliance tool.

Curfews on Buckley St and Williamstown Rd would also be introduced and reduced speed limits of 50km/h applied to all vehicles using gazetted freight routes in the City of Maribyrnong as part of the plan.

VTA chief executive Peter Anderson said the transport industry was showing leadership and creating harmony between residents and freight operators and that the Maribyrnong Cleaner Freight Initiative would increase standards and productivity gains.

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