DRIVEN TO FRUSTRATION: Warwick driver Francis Lyons said the sudden closure of a popular truck wash at the Warwick Saleyards had been an inconvenience to people in the livestock transport industry.
DRIVEN TO FRUSTRATION: Warwick driver Francis Lyons said the sudden closure of a popular truck wash at the Warwick Saleyards had been an inconvenience to people in the livestock transport industry. Marian Faa

Drivers lash over truck wash close: 'It's bloody ridiculous'

TRUCK drivers forced to travel up to 100km just to wash their vehicles have called for an emergency solution for local transporters after Warwick's only public truck wash was closed last month due to extreme water restrictions.

Warwick livestock carrier Francis Lyons said the situation was "bloody shocking” for drivers like himself, inconvenienced by the sudden close.

Mr Lyons said there was no warning before the decision was made to close the truck wash at the Warwick Saleyards.

"I don't know why they don't put a bore or something in there,” he said.

John Maher, who transports cattle, sheep and pigs out of Warwick said cleanliness was a big concern for people in the livestock transport industry.

"Carrying different livestock, you have to do a washout,” Mr Maher said.

Warwick driver Francis Lyons with one of his animal transport trucks.
Warwick driver Francis Lyons with one of his animal transport trucks. Marian Faa

"Lets say if I am carting cattle, I will not go and pick up sheep and lambs to present them for sale before washing out.”

On a busy day, he would wash his truck two or three times.

Mr Lyons said some places would not let drivers enter the property without a clean truck.

He said there were no other washing stations within 100km of the Warwick Saleyards.

The pair has joined other truck drivers calling for the wash to be re-opened as soon as possible for local transport companies.

"I am not having a go at SDRC,” Mr Maher said.

"They have to do what they have to do but there should be a consideration for local carriers, small carriers.”

Warwick driver Francis Lyons has been in the livestock transport game for years.
Warwick driver Francis Lyons has been in the livestock transport game for years. Marian Faa

A SDRC spokeswoman said local trucking companies and transporters were advised of the closure of the truck wash in the days prior by either mail or phone.

"Producers or transporters which frequent the Warwick Saleyards understand the severity of the drought and the crucial need to conserve the urban water supply for the community,” she said.

"SDRC understands the majority of producers and carriers have made alternative arrangements and are washing trucks at their properties, or are using other truck washes in other local government areas.”

The Southern Downs remains on high-level water restrictions and residents must limit their water consumption to 120 litres per day. This will be reviewed next month.



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