Recently Main Roads has approved the trial of higher productivity 60 m quad road trains to operate in the Pilbara region. This trial will commence on the 7th October and run for three months on the section of Great Northern Highway between Munjina-Roy Hill Road and Utah Point, Port Hedland.
These state-of-the-art vehicles offer superior handling characteristics and productivity compared with the existing 53.5 m quad road trains. They have undergone a rigorous Performance Based Standards (PBS) safety assessment to ensure they are safe to operate on the public road network. Additionally they are fitted with devices to enhance their safety, such as electronic braking systems (EBS) with stability controls.
The vehicles will be subject to strict operating conditions, including electronic monitoring using in-vehicle telematics and the Intelligent Access Program (IAP) to ensure compliance with route conditions and speed restrictions. They will be carefully monitored for the initial three months in service and their impact on the public road network assessed before any discussions on granting further approvals are opened. Any further approvals will only be granted subject to the same rigorous PBS safety assessments.
Main Roads are also conducting a survey of road users to understand their perceptions of sharing the road with long/ heavy vehicles on the route. Follow the link below to the survey here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XDB35DF
If you require any further information or would like to make comment on the vehicles operation please contact our Heavy Vehicle Helpdesk on 138 486 or email [email protected].