The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is committed to keeping traffic moving on the Pacific Motorway (M1) now and into the future.
The M1 between Brisbane and the Gold Coast is Queensland’s busiest road with more than 148,000 vehicles each day, including around 12,000 heavy vehicles.
To improve traffic flow and safety for all drivers, M1 lane restrictions for trucks over 4.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass start from 1 August 2017. In a 60 kilometre section of the M1 between Springwood (Exit 20) and Robina (Exit 82 Southbound and Exit 79 Northbound), trucks will be restricted to travelling in the left two lanes only.
Not only will this improve travel times and safety on the M1 now, it will also prepare our busiest road for one of the biggest events in Queensland – the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games from 4 to 15 April.
During the Games, thousands of spectators will attend events on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane, and many will be relying on the M1 to get there safely and on time.
Introducing lane restrictions for trucks is the first of a suite of initiatives designed to maximise capacity and improve the reliability of the M1 during the Games.
Truck lane restrictions on the M1 will be a permanent change to the way trucks use the motorway. The restrictions will apply to vehicles over 4.5 tonne, 24 hours a day, even in slow or stopped traffic. Trucks will be permitted to overtake other vehicles, if it is safe to do so, but they must not travel outside the left two lanes to do so. A truck can use the right hand lane if they must do so to avoid an obstruction.
Penalties will apply from 1 August 2017, with fines for individuals of $126 and three demerit points, or $630 for businesses.
Variable Message Signs on the M1 have started promoting the implementation of trucks use left lanes from 1 August 2017. This will give truck drivers ample time to prepare for the change.
An extensive signage scheme denoting the lane restriction zones will be installed before August 2017.
For further information, visit the Transport and Main Roads website at www.tmr.qld.gov.au and search under ‘Business and Industry’ for ‘heavy vehicles’.