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Truckies Canberra “convoy”

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Pic: Trucks are travelling from as far away as Western Australia's Pilbara region to take part in the protest.

“CONVOY OF NO CONFIDENCE”
ACT police say the main routes in and out of Canberra will be clogged by protesters in trucks, vans and cars on Monday. The protesters arrive in Canberra on Sunday before starting a formal convoy from 5:30am Monday to protest against Federal Government policies like the proposed carbon tax.

The Truckies Convoy of No Confidence‘ is expected to clog Canberra’s main streets including Northbourne Avenue, Adelaide Avenue, the Tuggeranong Parkway, Gungahlin Drive, and the Monaro and Barton highways. Superintendent Michael Chew says police are working with the protest organisers to try to avoid traffic gridlock.

“At this stage there’s no expectation there’ll be any violent demonstration associated with the convoy,” he said. Truckies want to make their point with the members of Parliament and the organisers have been working with us over the last couple of weeks to ensure everything runs smoothly.

“The Truckies been co-operating with us over the last couple of weeks and have stated they will continue to do so throughout Monday and Tuesday.” But Superintendent Chew warns there will be traffic disruptions. “There will be traffic delays and traffic diversions in place to allow the Canberra public and the Canberra convoy participants to have access to Parliament and try and lessen the disruption to Canberra motorists on Monday morning,” he said.

“The volume of traffic that they are potentially bringing into Canberra as part of the truckies convoy will naturally cause bottlenecks and disruptions.” Superintendent Chew is urging commuters to be patient and consider taking alternate routes to work. “We just ask everyone to be patient, and flexible, and if they can take other modes of transport to work on Monday morning or arrive later on Monday to work, then that would assist us in the movement of traffic around Canberra,” he said. He says the disruptions could flow into Tuesday.

“At this stage they plan to have the protest at Parliament House on Monday and possibly again on Tuesday. “So we’d anticipate them hanging around Canberra for the two days. We’re not sure how many people will hang around for the second day. But we’re anticipating there could be traffic delays on Tuesday.”

Source: ABC News (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-19/police-warn-of-convoy-chaos/2846856)

ATA Chief Executive gets a feel for the road

Monday, July 18th, 2011

ATA Chief Executive Stuart St Clair taking a break at a parking bay in Catherine

ATA Chief Executive Stuart St Clair returned to Canberra last week with a fresh appreciation of the road conditions facing truck drivers along the Warrego, Landsbrough, Barkly and Stuart highways, through Queensland and the Territory.

Stuart drove an ABB quad (semi-trailer with a dolly and a B triple) carrying a commercial load from Mitchell to Darwin with Bill Manton, the national training manager at Simon National Carriers.

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Stuart said he wanted to be able to give politicians and public servants a firsthand report about the state of the route, and said the Queensland Government should be commended for the road works underway.

Early morning at a rest area during Stuart's journey in Western Queensland

“The road from Toowoomba to Roma was appalling, but work is being done which is to be applauded,” he said.

“In Western Queensland, as a result of the flooding, the surfaces were uneven and broken. There were extensive road works going on which caused big delays, but you don’t mind because you can see the roads being repaired.”

“The Queensland Government has a big job upgrading such a major transport route.”


Stuart said the on road performance of the ABB quad was exceptional and confirmed the ATA’s argument that modern multi roll coupled combination vehicles provided safer outcomes on our shared roads.

“The on-road performance of our 53 metre vehicle was amazing, with outstanding tracking and stability,” said Stuart.

Stuart met with drivers and operators on the way, before sitting down with the Northern Territory Road Transport Association and trucking operators in Darwin to discuss the NHVR, fatigue and the proposed carbon tax.

Stuart returned to Brisbane via the same route but at the wheel of a standard Triple Road Train and was then able to have firsthand experience of the different handling and tracking of a conventional Type 2 Road Train.