Transport Minister Scott Emerson talks to Childers truck driver Daryl Barnes about the state of the highway.
Transport Minister Scott Emerson talks to Childers truck driver Daryl Barnes about the state of the highway. Brittany Cook

Cane trucks to use flotation tyres

CANE TRUCKS on the Fraser Coast will be able to carry an extra 2.5 tonnes on each load after state Transport Minister Scott Emerson announced the government would allow trucks to use flotation tyres.

Mr Emerson joined Member for Burnett Stephen Bennet to announce the agreement yesterday.

"Unlike standard tyres, flotation tyres are specially designed to reduce flattening of a cane field's soil," Mr Emerson said.

Canegrowers Australia and other industry representatives have been lobbying the State Government to allow the change, which is expected to reduce the number of cane trucks on public roads.

"At the moment trucks with these tyres are only allowed to carry 14 tonnes on their rear two axles and under the new concession, operators can now carry up to 16.5 tonnes," Mr Bennet said.

Mr Bennet said the introduction of the tyres would help to balance between public and private roads.

The Queensland Government also reminded motorists to be aware of cane trains and cane trucks operating during the harvest season.

Mr Emerson used the announcement in Bundaberg yesterday to travel on the Bruce Hwy, including the section that claimed five lives earlier this week.

He said he realised that for the most part, the condition of the road between Tiaro and Childers was generally poor.

Of particular concern was the rough edges.

"The B-double is pretty comfortable, but we could even feel the roughness of the road sitting in the cab," he said.

Mr Emerson also said truck drivers wanted proper separation of lanes and he had been talking with the trucking industry for some time about making the trip along the highway.



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