Truckie rejects B-double changes

By RENEE REDMOND

MOVING B-double trucks from the Pacific to the New England Highway will not solve any problems, says transport driver Josh Duncan.

"The New England Highway is dangerous," the 25-year-old truck driver said.

"It's rough, the road dips away and some nights you can't see 10-feet in front of you because of the thick fog."

Josh is the logistics manager at Flynn Transport in South Lismore and is concerned about the suggestion to move B-doubles off the Pacific Highway.

"All they'd be doing is moving the carnage from Ballina to Tenterfield. There will be too much congestion," he said.

His comments came after Ballina's deputy mayor, John Felsch called for B-double trucks, which can weigh up to 60 tonnes, to be banned from the highway.

Cr Felsch was referring to last Thursday's accident involving a B-double truck, in which Kenneth Gibbon, 84, of Fernleigh was killed and two others injured.

Josh said the New England Highway added about an hour to an interstate trip and used more fuel because of the steep hills along the road.

"It's hard driving," he said.

"The added fuel cost means the price of freight goes up and the price of the products will too."

He said he couldn't see a problem with heavy vehicles and cars sharing the Pacific Highway as long as the motorists were aware of the limitations of trucks.

"The only bad section of the highway is the Tintenbar area but once the upgrade is complete that won't be a problem," he said.



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