Truck speed limits shown to increase tailgating.
Truck speed limits shown to increase tailgating.

VicRoads pulls truck speed limit trail

VicRoads has pulled the 90km speed limit trail for trucks on Melbourne's Monash Freeway after determining tailgating had increased.

  Instead the department confirmed they will focus on the second stage of the trial which results in a ban on trucks in the far right lane, once scheduled upgrades are completed.  

  "We have learnt a lot very quickly from this trial that has helped us to work with industry to dramatically improve speed compliance on the Monash," VicRoads Chief Executive John Merritt said.  

Preliminary trial evaluation by the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) found  on some sections cars were more aggressive than trucks in tailgating behaviour, with 42.6% of cars in the right hand lane exceeding 100 km/h. 

  During the trial the study found 831 fewer trucks a day on average used the right hand lane.

  "We have learnt a lot from this trial about what's happening in the right hand lane and now it's up to every one of us to stop tailgating and stay safe," Mr Merritt said.   

VicRoads will continue to analyse the full six months of the trial as it works with industry on the second stage which involves a truck ban in the right lane.  

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