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Trucks to be banned 24/7 on Brisbane road

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QUEENSLAND Trucking Association chief executive officer Gary Mahon told the Southern Star the "more they ban the use of certain roads the more you will increase the cost (of products) on consumers.

His comments came after news that a 24/7 truck ban will be trialled on a suburban road in Brisbane's south from July 1.

According to the Southern Star, it extends the existing ban on Watson Rd in Acacia Ridge imposed in 2015, which stops trucks using the road from 8pm to 6am daily.

"Our people pay to be able to use the network and everyone operates as safely as they can," Mr Mahon said.

But ALP Brisbane City Councillor Steve Griffiths (Moorooka ward) said the 12-month trial was a "win for the community" which he'd campaigned alongside of since 2008 when it became a part of his electorate.

Truck drivers will now be directed by signs to access the areas via Learoyd Rd, which feeds into Beaudesert Rd.

A review of the trial will be undertaken in February 2020, part-way through the trial, to allow for heavy vehicle drivers to adjust to changed driving patterns and to identify if those changes have impacted on traffic volumes using the Watson Road.


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