In a win for productivity, the South Australian State Government has approved the use of quad road trains on selected routes. Operators will be able to run ABB and BAB quad road trains north of Port Augusta under the new rules.
The approval was as a result a review into agricultural transport, which was followed by a report, A Modern Transport System for Agriculture: a new partnership approach. Operators have been calling for the introduction of quad road trains to align regulations in the north of SA with those in the Northern Territory.
Quad road trains will now be permitted to run from the start of the 53.5 km road train network at Port Augusta to the Northern Territory border, and also between Pimba and Olympic Dam along the Olympic Dam Highway.
This change will allow the trucking industry to uncouple road trains and continue their trips without having to reconfigure truck and trailer combinations. The SA government reckons the change will improve efficiencies along the remote long-distance corridor, with a productivity boost of at least 8 per cent through the introduction of these larger capacity vehicles.
Two combinations of quad road trains will be permitted. 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 trailer and a set of B-triple trailers on behind.
“For our members and their customers who choose to use these configurations it will mean greater productivity and safety,” said David Smith from the Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of SA. “It’s a very welcome step in the right direction for the transport and agricultural industries in South Australia. “
The SA government has announced it will be implementing a range of other measures to boost regional transport productivity in coming months, including the introduction of triaxle dollies.