A recent breakfast forum organized by the councils of Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire gave local transport operators and farmers an opportunity to understand the PBS Tier 2B network.
Over 60 delegates from across the region attended the Central West NSW Heavy Vehicle Forum breakfast, to explore current road safety and freight issues affecting the local heavy vehicle industry.
The councils road safety and injury prevention manager, Melanie Suitor, said the forum had become a regular fixture on the road safety calendar.
“Unfortunately, like so many events, this forum has experienced two years of COVID-related disruptions. So it was great to be back face to face this year,” she said.
“Events like this forum are essential in providing opportunities to share information, network and discuss local issues,” Suitor said.
“Freight is important – everything we consume comes from the back of a truck, and safety in this sector is vital.”
In addition to local transport companies, truckers and farmers, other forum participants included various associations and government agencies.
Effluent load containment, heavy vehicle access and PBS vehicles were hot topics discussed.
Presenters included representatives from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association, Transport for NSW, Midland Industries, SafeWork NSW and Councils.
“There were a lot of questions about rest stops, local access and the cost savings offered by PBS vehicles,” Suitor said.
Delegates also had the opportunity to view a 30-meter A-double combination, built to operate under the PBS Level 2B network.
The versatile combination for general and containerized freight was supplied by Midland Industries.
Suitor thanked the guest speakers who made the forum informative and engaging for attendees.
“The feedback has been very positive. Most people indicated that the forum met their expectations, that they would attend next year’s event and suggested topics to be included in next year’s program,” she said. declared.