Cyclone Debbie Alert

The Australian Trucking Association has issued a Cyclone Debbie Alert urging everyone on the roads, travelling within and to Queensland to drive carefully.

 

As there are additional dangers and difficulties created during a storm, a responsible driver should plan their driving time and route to ensure they are not on the road during a storm event.

Due to the unpredictable road conditions that Cyclone Debbie may generate, Transport and Main Roads, and Queensland Police Service have restricted heavy vehicle movement.Specifically the movement of Oversize and Overmass, Dangerous Goods and Agricultural Vehicle operators within the cyclone affected area for the next 24 hours.

 

Operators can apply for heavy vehicle emergency permits that cannot be provided through normal processes in affected regions, or when special access is required in cases of emergency or great need.

 

This restriction will be reassessed as needed.

 

If you have any travel in Queensland planned for this week, please check the road conditions first at  131940.qld.gov.au

 

Authorities are warning people in the 600km danger zone of a long day ahead, with Debbie’s wide and slow moving core of destructive winds expected to take many hours to pass.

 

A dedicated hotline and email address is operating from today to provide help, information and emergency access to freight consignors and heavy vehicle transport operators travelling in central and north Queensland.

 

The Flood Recovery Road Access Group (FRRAG) hotline number is 07-3066 5511 or alternatively you can email.

 

The hotline will enable operators to access specific information on alternative routes they can use.

 

All affected operations should monitor the Conditions of Operation Database.

 

TIPS FOR DRIVING IN STORMS

  • Plan the time and route of travel to avoid threatening storms
  • If you cannot avoid the storm; consider stopping
  • Remember it is better to arrive late than not arrive at all!
  • Be prepared for the reckless actions of other drivers
  • Turn your headlights on, see and be seen
  • Hold the steering wheel in both hands ready for aquaplaning
  • Leave room to manoeuvre
  • Drive to the prevailing conditions
  • Be ready for the unexpected
  • Never drive through flood waters

Author: Tim Giles

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