Tropical cyclone Debbie has impacted ROADS and highways from Rockhampton and Townsville to Charters Towers. There are reports of roads being cut like Queensland towns of Bowen, Proserpine and Airline Beach. Also many spots have been severed on the Bruce Highways, which has led to authorities having to call for the constant monitoring from all heavy vehicle operators of all the above northern roads whilst flash flood and cyclone debris continue.
The Heavy Vehicle National Regulator suggests that anyone who is acting on behalf of an emergency service or under instruction of an emergency service and happens to have critical duties in terms of time whilst on the way to or during activities that are related to Debbie; does not have to adhere to their work or rest limitations and or requirements to carry and keep a work diary.
This exemption also applies to people who are returning from attending Debbie related activities, therefore, they also do not have to adhere to their work or rest limitations and or requirements to carry and keep a work diary should they have a reasonable belief they will not pose a danger to themselves or road users.
All drivers that are driving to and from north Queensland are advised by the Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mahon from the Queensland Trucking Association; to go online for information in regards to their routes.
Mr. Mahon says that the information is there for drivers as they start getting onto the road. He further said that several declarations have been made about some road and highways that have been cut in spots. He also believed that this morning some refrigerated transporters will be some of the first headed to the affected area. These refrigerated truck’s aim will be to assist with cold storage where the power’s been cut. He further added that he was aware of some deployed freight trains and trucks with the intention to start replenishing towns soon.
A Flood Recovery Road Access Group was established in response to the closed and hazardous roads by the Transport and Main Roads the Queensland Police service (FRRAG). The FRRAG group established a permit system that manages emergency and disaster heavy vehicle assess within the provisions of the law.
Operators of Oversize and Overmass Dangerous Goods and Agricultural vehicle’s movement has also been restricted particularly in the cyclone affected area. These restrictions will be reassessed according to the needs of the area. Mr. Mahon advises residents that the best operators to use are the FRRAG group, either on their hotline or website. He further advises that they are currently awaiting confirmation on the flexibility to permit federal registered vehicles on intrastate roads. Check out Drive Armellini today!