- WA to trial the longest road trains in Australia
- The 60m Super Quads, made in WA, are set to boost productivity
The longest road trains in Australia have been granted State Government approval to start operating in Western Australia's Pilbara.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the road trains were longer but safer than any seen on Australian roads before, with a prime mover and four trailers, spanning 60 metres.
As a three-month trial, they will travel on a section of Great Northern Highway, between Munjina-Roy Hill Road and Utah Point, Port Hedland.
"These vehicles are known as Super Quads and we have committed to an Australian-first trial of these roads trains to operate in the Pilbara region," Mr Nalder said.
They have undergone - and passed - rigorous safety assessments to ensure they are safe to operate on public roads.
"Even though they are longer, these are state-of-the-art vehicles with improved safety and superior handling compared to the standard 53.5m road trains, the longest currently allowed on our roads," the Minister said.
The first two state-of-the-art vehicles have been manufactured by WA trailer manufacturers, Bruce Rock Engineering and Howard Porter, to transport iron ore and other minerals for Process Minerals International and QUBE Bulk.
Though capable of higher speeds, the road trains will be limited to 90kmh, allowing easier overtaking by other vehicles and ensuring superior on-road performance.
Mr Nalder said the trial provided the mining industry with greater productivity and lower operating costs, reduced the number of vehicles on the road in the long-term and introduced a safer vehicle.
The trial will assess impact on the road infrastructure and other road users, such as pavement assessments, traffic data, community surveys and on-road monitoring. The vehicle combinations will be assessed by a panel of the Road Safety Commission, local government, WA Police, Main Roads and the caravanning industry.
- The vehicles are equipped with electronic braking systems, stability controls and in-vehicle telematics to monitor the vehicle's operation
- The telematics ensure drivers do not deviate from the approved route or exceed 90kmh
Minister's office - 6552 6400