The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its commitment to local residents, who will be able to sleep and travel easier thanks to a new 12-month truck curfew trial starting today.
Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines and Member for Eltham Vicki Ward were in Macleod today to officially launch the start of the trial.
The 10pm–6am daily truck curfews will be progressively rolled out during August and September on Greensborough Highway-Rosanna Rd, Lower Plenty Rd, Ryans-Wattletree Rd, Waiora Rd and Waterdale Rd.
From November, they will extend to Lower Plenty-Main Rd, Para Rd, St Helena Rd – Karingal Dve and Bolton St.
The curfews will apply to vehicles over 4.5 tonnes. Residents may still see some trucks making local deliveries as they will be exempt from the curfews.
Traffic counts are underway on Lower Plenty Rd-Main Rd, Para Rd, St Helena Rd-Karingal Dve and Bolton St ahead of the introduction of curfews on these roads in November.
The curfews have been developed in response to concerns from the local community about truck movements in the area.
Results from the trial will be available in late 2016 and will be assessed by VicRoads in consultation with the local community, to determine whether the curfews continue.
A Community Reference Group will be set up to help provide ongoing feedback on the trial and local residents, traders and interest groups are asked to express their interest in participating by contacting VicRoads.
These new curfews have been carefully planned to strike a balance for the local community and truck operators and to address community concerns around safety and traffic volumes on local roads.
Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe, Anthony Carbines MP
“Truck noise and residents safety has been a long held concern when travelling on Rosanna Road. The Andrews Labor Government has kept its commitment and taken action by beginning this trial.”
“By lessening the number of trucks using Rosanna Road, this trail will reduce congestion and make it easier for locals to sleep at night.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Eltham, Vicki Ward MP
“This has been a significant issue for local residents and we have been working to remove the effects of truck noise on local families. This curfew trial will make a real difference to residents of Viewbank, Montmorency and Eltham.”
“Our review of the trial will make sure we get this right and that we’re targeting the right roads in our community.”