Transport operators and primary producers will reap new productivity benefits with the approval of quad road trains on sections of the Stuart and Olympic Dam highways, according to the South Australian State Government.
SA Transport Minister, Stephen Mullighan, said the approval delivered on a key recommendation from the State Government’s 90-day review into agricultural transport.
“The South Australian transport and agricultural industries have been calling for the introduction of quad road trains to this key freight route to bring our state in line with the Northern Territory,” he commented. “With the gazettal of this regulation, quad road trains will now be permitted between Port Augusta and the Northern Territory border, and between Pimba and Olympic Dam.”
“This change will allow the industry to uncouple road trains and continue their trips without having to reconfigure truck and trailer combinations.”
Mr Mullighan said the change would improve efficiencies along the remote long-distance corridor.
“The report found the change would provide a productivity boost of at least 8 percent through the introduction of these larger capacity vehicles,” Mr Mullighan said.
“It will provide a much-needed boost for the agricultural sector and remote transport operators by saving valuable time and resources.
Two combinations of quad road trains will be permitted under the approval.
The BAB quad consists of a prime mover towing two sets of B-double trailers, while an ABB quad has a prime mover towing a single semitrailer and a set of B-triple trailers.
The government also stated that it will be implementing a range of other measures to boost regional transport productivity in coming months including the introduction of tri-axle dollies.