Road trains to travel Kamilaroi Highway

2 May 2012

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has announced livestock transport operators will soon be able to apply for a permit to operate road trains on the Kamilaroi Highway from Narrabri to the Gunnedah Regional Saleyards.

An RMS spokesperson said the change will help generate tens of thousands of dollars worth of freight efficiency gains for businesses each year.

“These reforms are delivering real benefits to the livestock transport industry in this state,” the spokesperson said.

“This route is recognised for its importance to livestock transporters, graziers and local councils as it is the main route leading to Gunnedah saleyards, which were recently upgraded.”

In partnership with Gunnedah and Narrabri shire councils the NSW Government has carried out about $400,000 in safety work on the 90 kilometre stretch of highway, including the installation of a number of wire rope safety barriers.

“Increasing freight efficiency by opening up modernised road train routes in NSW will provide growth to regional industries and economic benefits, improved trade, investment and employment opportunities to our local communities,” the spokesperson said.

This reform will allow access by A-double road trains with tri-axle dollies fitted with certified road-friendly suspension operating under National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) maintenance module to service Gunnedah Regional Saleyards. B-triple and AB-triple trucks operating under NSW Road Train Modernisation Program will also have access to the saleyards.

Permitted vehicles will be able to operate at general mass limits and concessional mass limits. The tri-axle dollies on eligible modern A-double road trains will be permitted to operate at 20 tonnes for GML and 21 tonnes for CML.

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