B Double trucks are huge, yet we see them on our roads often enough, mixing it on roads with the cheapest and smallest car available. A B Double looks like it could drive over the top of a small car.
Now our governments are making noises about B Triples. One can't help be suspicious about governments being driven by people with vested interests.
I am working totally on memory here, as the information super highway was not imaginable back then, but B Double trucks arrived in Melbourne in the 1980s, so information is not readily available.
I remember heralding the arrival of B Doubles was the knowledge that they would b restricted to very few roads, that is major highways and port access roads. Nevertheless, many were not happy with the decision to have these very large trucks on our roads.
I have never been happy about B Double trucks, especially moving freight between major cities when there is a perfectly good rail service. I have heard all the arguments about the benefits of road freight, and I have not changed my mind. To me, it is plain common sense to move freight by rail between large cities.
You need to view this with Internet Explorer, but have a look at the roads that B Doubles are now allowed to use in greater Melbourne. Do you ever wonder about why our roads constantly fall to pieces? The ever disingenuous Vic Roads has renamed the narrow but high usage north south Punt Road as Hoddle Highway. It is a highway then, so a big road for big trucks. Not so, and many of the roads on the Vic Road map that B Doubles can use are not much more that local streets. The thought of a a B Double at the corner of the centre of my greater Melbourne, Commercial Road and Chapel street is extraordinary, yet B Doubles can travel that path. Trams, cars, buses, pedestrians everywhere, why not throw a B Double into the mix.
Now we are facing the introduction of B Triple Trucks. Once again we are hearing that will be restricted to very few roads. Apparently, according to a truck lobby group, they are safer. I am afraid the record of the trucking industry so far as safety is very much wanting. What we do need for trucks are laws along the lines of what England and Europe have and some serious money and effort put into freight railways between our capital cities.