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Federal government changes truck width rules

The federal government has announced a major width rule change for Australian trucks in a historic moment for local heavy vehicles

Last week, the federal government made a massive move in the heavy vehicle space, announcing that the width rules for trucks in Australia will change.

As part of a new safer freight vehicles package, federal assistant transport minister Carol Brown announced that an overall width limit change will allow new trucks to increase from 2.5 to 2.55 metres if they come fitted with a number of safety features.

These features include devices to reduce blind spots, electronic stability control, advanced emergency braking and more.

The changes have come into effect immediately, with the change allowing manufacturers to design and supply safer trucks in Australia that can now align with international width standards.

“This Safer Freight Vehicles package responds to direct calls from industry to increase the width limit of trucks and follows extensive public consultation and feedback,” Brown says.

“These changes will be a real game changer for industry, businesses and other road users, as they will save lives by adopting technology to reduce the likelihood of crashes, while also lowering freight costs and supporting better environmental outcomes.

“Our truckies play a vital role in the Australian economy and our day to day lives, ensuring we can access the food, medicines and other goods we need.

“Today’s announcement will mean they can carry out their work more safely and efficiently, so they and those they share the road with can get home safe at the end of each trip.”

This change is specifically for trucks currently, with no confirmed word on if this change will extend to buses, coaches or any other heavy vehicles.

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