Extra Measures To Monitor Inner West Truck Curfews
A new heavy vehicle monitoring camera trial is launching to clarify existing truck curfews and restrictions for trucks moving through Melbourne’s inner west.
A DoT first, video analytics technology will be applied to capture heavy vehicle compliance data and detect, identify, categorise, and report on different heavy vehicle types using Somerville Road.
The outcomes would help determine the roll-out of the technology on other key routes in the inner west to ensure the ongoing safety and amenity for the community.
In collaboration with Maribyrnong City Council, we're also installing truck advisory signs. These signs will make restriction messages clearer, warning truck drivers that A-Double and B-Double trucks are not permitted on specific sections of Somerville Road, Yarraville.
We've also developed a simple guide published in six different languages to help inform truck drivers about where and when they can travel and to help industry better plan their journeys to port.
The inner west’s proximity to the Port of Melbourne and the high number of warehousing and logistics businesses in the area generates a large volume of heavy truck traffic.
The measures are a result of collaboration between local residents, industry, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and local government to ensure the needs of the thriving community and the long-term viability of the freight task and transport network are balanced.
These actions will help us continue to develop a monitoring and compliance response strategy for key inner west routes subject to truck bans when the West Gate Tunnel opens.
When open, the West Gate Tunnel will take 9000 trucks off roads in the inner west and allow for the introduction of 24-hour truck bans on six local roads including Blackshaws Road, Hudsons Road, Francis Street, Somerville Road, Buckley Street and Moore Street.
Truck curfews are monitored by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and Victoria Police to support compliance and enforce penalties for non-compliance.