Message from QTA Ltd CEO Gary Mahon
Heavy vehicle access in Queensland during emergency conditions
I preface this alert by acknowledging that you are likely to be well practiced with managing these conditions but timely reminders are necessary, particularly for those who maybe relatively new to operating in these areas. Your plans for forward journeys to the affected region over the next two weeks will need to be varied as road conditions changed.
All indicators are that the Bruce Highway will be cut for some time, as the rains pass through the western areas, 80% weight restrictions on loads will be applied.as roads become saturated. Be aware that there are high expectations of significant rainfall between Clermont and Charters Towers today.
Some Important reminders points when driving in these conditions:
- Plan the time and route of travel to avoid damaged and flooded roads
- Obey the road closure signs, signage is enforceable (you need to seek permission to go past)
- Consider stopping if necessary, there are always alternate options
- Be prepared for unexpected actions of other drivers
- Use your headlights to see and be seen
- Lower your speeds and drive to the prevailing conditions
- Have a ‘Communication Plan for Isolated Workers’ and be prepared in the event of becoming isolated by flooding
- Ensure your Critical Incident Management Plan is practised
Help Lines and Resources
131940.qld.gov.au. Numbers for local QTMR Offices are found in the attached Fact Sheet.
FRRAG hotline number is 07-3066 5511 or alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Affected Areas - monitor the Conditions of Operation Database at www.tmr.qld.gov.au/business-industry/Heavy-vehicles/Excess-mass-and-dimensions/Excess-mass-and-dimension-conditions.aspx
Please note: The emergency permit process will only apply in affected regions of Queensland, in non-affected regions the current access permit arrangements remain in place.
Due to the unpredictable road conditions, TMR and QPS have restricted the movement of Oversize and Overmass, Dangerous Goods and Agricultural Vehicle operators within the cyclone affected area for the next 24 hours. This restriction will be reassessed as needed.
We strongly advise to monitor the QTMR website regularly and as many eyes on the ground, TMR and Emergency Services will appreciate direct feedback road conditions, flooded roads, road damage, as this will be of great assistance to everyone involved.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything we can do to assist you in ensuring your drivers and freight reaches the affected areas safely and in a timely manner.
Heavy Vehicle Fact Sheet - Closed Restricted State Controlled Roads due to Wet Weather-Flooding.pdf