Barbara Payne doesn’t believe she should have to contend with trucks when manoeuvring along Palmerin Street.
Barbara Payne doesn’t believe she should have to contend with trucks when manoeuvring along Palmerin Street.

Call to ban trucks in CBD

CHILDREN darting between rose bushes, motorists hunting for a park – this is the Rose City’s main drag on a typical afternoon.

Last week resident Barbara Payne’s journey along Palmerin Street came complete with a near miss from an articulated vehicle.

After shopping, Mrs Payne’s task of reversing from a car park was marred when a heavy truck on a learner’s permit tried to navigate Palmerin Street about 3.30pm on Friday.

“Suddenly the driver slammed on his breaks to avoid children who had run across the road and I nearly ran into the truck,” Mrs Payne said.

“There could have been a disaster, children could have been injured or killed — large trucks are unforgiving.

“The driver was ‘under instruction’ and the instructor was seated in the passenger seat but I don’t think trucks should be allowed on Palmerin Street. There were school children everywhere, crossing the street at random because it’s a shared zone.”

A Warwick Police spokesman said semi-trailers were able to travel along Palmerin Street but B-doubles risked a fine if caught.

“Semis have trouble going around the round-abouts but they can go down the street,” the spokesman said.

“B-doubles wouldn’t be able to do the roundabouts and they’re not allowed but sometimes they get lost and go down there.”

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