15,January,2015

Curfews In The Inner West

Dear members,

VicRoads has advised the VTA that the curfews announced by John Merritt, CEO VicRoads in September last year will come into effect on Thursday 29 January 2015. The date of introduction was originally selected to coincide with the commencement of the school year and was to only apply to the new Somerville Road ‘school hours’ curfew. However it has been decided that introducing all new curfews in the area at the same time would avoid confusion for motorists. As such the Moore Street truck curfew which will restrict truck access to Moore Street during night time hours will also commence on Monday 29 January 2015 at 8pm.

Members will be aware, the VTA worked hard alongside community groups and local council in a number of facilitated consultation sessions undertaken by VicRoads. For the transport industry an exemption area was established for local transport operators and was gazetted through government prior to the most recent state election. The exemption allows businesses within the designated exemption zone to continue to access Moore Street when the truck ban is in place. As an industry we need to ensure that compliance to the exemptions is of the highest level and doing so demonstrate to the community the importance of maintaining access whilst still accepting the concerns of the community VicRoads will hold an information session for operators and small businesses this Friday at the VicRoads Sunshine office.

Members are encouraged to attend the information session to hear from the enforcement officers and regulators on how this truck ban will operate and what is required for exemption.

Additional information about the curfews and truck bans within the inner west is available by contacting the VTAs Industry Services Manager, Brad Close on 9646 8590 or email brad@vta.com.au.

Summary: Additional truck bans in the inner west on Somerville Road and Moore Street will come into effect on 29 January 2015.

These bans are in addition to the existing night-time and weekend bans already in place on Somerville Road and Francis Street.

Information Session:
WHEN: 10.30am Friday 23 January 2015
WHERE: VicRoads Sunshine office – 499 Ballarat Road, Sunshine 3020