Truckie defends big rigs in town
AT the epicentre of two of the state's major routes – the New England and Cunningham highways – Warwick motorists share the streets with an array of road users, but one truck driver has urged care and consideration.
Rose City resident Barbara Payne on Wednesday called for the exclusion of articulated vehicles on Palmerin Street after her near collision with a “beast” in the CBD during busy Friday trade, but Warwick semi and body-truck driver Gerard Hemmings said “trucks were perfectly safe”.
“The learner truck driver (Mrs Payne) saw will probably end up driving in Melbourne and Sydney, places much more busy than here,” Mr Hemmings said. “If other road users observed road rules it would be much safer.”
Mr Hemmings said the CBD traffic woes involved more measures than a reactive blanket ban on heavy trucks on Albion Street.
“(Palmerin Street) is a shared zone, but kids are dangerous running everywhere, they need to slow down,” he said.
“I go down Palmerin Street and use the lights at Fitzroy Street because you'll never get across at Victoria Street. People rarely put their blinkers on or only let it click a couple of times before turning, which doesn't give us enough warning.”
A Warwick Police spokesman said semi-trailers were permitted to travel along Palmerin Street but B-doubles would be fined if caught on the main drag.