Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 - RACV
THOSE travelling to and from Geelong by road should notice a difference in their journey from 1 July with trucks banned from using the right-hand lane on the Princes Freeway in a move supported by RACV.

RACV General Manager Public Policy, Brian Negus, said the truck ban would improve traffic flow and road safety for all road users on that section of road but that bans on other multi-lane freeways should not be delayed.

Under the new guidelines, trucks over 4.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) will be restricted from the right-hand lane of a number of multi-lane freeways including the Princes Freeway between Kororoit Creek road, Altona, and Avalon Road, Lara. Restrictions will also be rolled out on Eastlink in the near future where the section of road has at least three lanes.

The restrictions will apply 24 hours a day and truck drivers caught using the restricted lane could be fined up to $358.

“This is an initiative RACV has been pressuring the State Government to implement for the past two years and we are keen to see it rolled out across freeways with three or more lanes in each direction,” said Mr Negus.

“RACV research has found that 83 per cent of motorists believe that trucks should be restricted from using the right hand lane on freeways with three or more lanes of traffic in each direction.”

Mr Negus said the introduction of the new truck guidelines also served to remind all road users of their obligations in sharing the road space.

“Trucks play a pivotal role in delivering goods to Victorians across the state and that should be recognised by all road users,” he said.

“It’s critical to safety on our roads that all road users whether they be truck drivers, motorists or motorcyclists, recognise that they must responsibly share the road with other road users.

“As part of this initiative, RACV reminds motorists to ensure they keep left unless overtaking and allow extra space between themselves and trucks so the larger vehicles can adequately stop.

“Many motorists do not seem to realise that failing to keep to the left unless overtaking on all roads with a speed limit in excess of 80 km/h is actually illegal and could result in a fine.”

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