Monash Freeway truck speed limit trial – finally ends Sunday night

March 2, 2017

The 90km/h speed limit trial for trucks on the Monash Freeway will finally end on Sunday night after uncovering evidence that “cars were equally and sometimes more aggressive than trucks in tailgating behaviour”. 

A preliminary trial evaluation, conducted by the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB), of two months of trial data found:

On some sections of the Monash between Noble Park and Mount Waverley, cars were equally and sometimes more aggressive than trucks in tailgating behaviour

The mean speed of trucks was lower than cars, most likely due to slower moving trucks within the traffic stream

The 90 km/h speed limit was being adhered to in all lanes but the fast lane AND 6% of cars in the right hand lane exceeded 100 km/h

831 fewer trucks a day on average used the right hand lane during the trial – a drop of 7% – yet traffic conditions in the right lane were worse with both cars and trucks leaving less headway between vehicles, and

Feedback from motorists found many drivers witnessing increased weaving between trucks and cars in the outside lane.

VicRoads revealed that individual trucking companies had taken action in cases where drivers had been observed exceeding speed limits on multiple occasions during the trial. The statutory body will continue to analyse the full six months of the trial.

The focus will now move to the second stage of the trial – a ban on trucks in the far right lane – once construction on the Monash Freeway Upgrade is completed between Noble Park and Mount Waverley later this year.

2 thoughts on this article.

Stupidity at its best, try spending a week in a truck on the Geelong fwy outside of peak hours and have cars in the 2 left lanes doing 10-15km under the limit when you are struggling to make cut off point to deliver and witness how frustrating it is when you have an empty right lane and can’t use it legally. It leads to tailgating and monstering of cars to get them to move over so you can legally pass. ABOLISH the ban on trucks in right lanes and instead ENFORCE the keep left unless overtaking laws. Also considerate drivers move to the right approaching on ramps onto freeways but that doesn’t happen as much as if trucks can access the right lane when they can do so without holding up traffic.

This is ridiculous, trucks pay more rego to be on the road and higher tolls and are penalised

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