The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) will be extending the three month trial of alternative escort arrangements for bridge girder movements in partnership with the Queensland Police Service (QPS).
The trial will be extended to 11:59pm on 18 December 2022 to align with the commencement of the Christmas restrictions as detailed in the Queensland Access Conditions Guide.
For operators wishing to participate in the trial, a Traffic Management Plan will be required to be submitted at the time of lodging a permit application via the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).
The Traffic Management Plan aims to identify and mitigate traffic hazards and risks associated with the proposed movement.
This will assist TMR and QPS in assessing the specific route and traffic environment for suitability to participate in the trial and to ensure application of risk mitigation strategies on a case-by-case basis, providing a more tailored approach to escorting requirements.
All vehicles involved in the trial must operate under a permit issued by the NHVR and operators must comply with additional reporting requirements.
Effectiveness of the alternative escort arrangements will be evaluated at the conclusion of the trial.
However, at any time during the trial, should it be determined the risk of continuing the trial becomes unacceptable, the trial will cease immediately.