Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Australian Trucking Body Urges Freight Drivers to Check Weather Conditions

Cyclone Debbie Causing Chaos
Shipping News Feature
AUSTRALIA – The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) is urging everyone on the roads travelling within and to Queensland to drive with extra care as Cyclone Debbie causes chaos in the State. In addition, due to the unpredictable road conditions the Transport and Main Roads department and the Queensland Police Service have restricted heavy vehicle movement. This stops the movement of oversize loads, Dangerous Goods and Agricultural Vehicles within the cyclone affected area for the next 24 hours.

Operators can apply for heavy vehicle emergency permits that cannot be provided through normal processes in affected regions, or when special access is required in cases of emergency or great need. In a statement the ATA said: “As there are additional dangers and difficulties created during a storm, a responsible driver should plan their driving time and route to ensure they are not on the road during a storm event.”

The authorities are warning people in the 600 kilometre danger zone of a long day ahead, with Debbie's wide and slow moving core of destructive winds expected to take many hours to pass. If you have any travel in Queensland planned for this week, please check the road conditions first here.

There is also dedicated hotline and email address operating to provide help, information and emergency access to freight consignors and heavy vehicle transport operators travelling in central and north Queensland. The Flood Recovery Road Access Group (FRRAG) hotline number is 07-3066 5511.

The hotline will enable operators to access specific information on alternative routes they can use.