Truck Crash Solution: Reject Juggernaut Trucks, Buy Back Rail
Green Party Transport Spokesperson Sue Kedgley today said a recent spate of heavy truck crashes were clear evidence that
the Government should drop proposals to allow bigger trucks on our roads and instead focus on buying back New Zealand's
Ms Kedgley said proposals to allow trucks five meters longer and 20 tonnes heavier than they currently are - that would
be 82 feet long and 62 tonnes in weight - would make trucks harder to stop and control and much more difficult for other
motorists to overtake.
"It is becoming increasingly obvious that our roads are not coping with the increasing amounts of heavy trucks that are
using them at the moment," said Ms Kedgley.
"The last thing we need is new 82 foot long, 62 tonne trucks on our roads."
Ms Kedgley said the recent truck crashes were a warning of what was just around the corner as a forestry boom takes off
in various areas of the North Island over the next five years.
"Forestry is set to explode in New Zealand and unless we can get the freighting of these logs off our public roads and
onto our railways, then these types of crashes will become more and more common and more and more New Zealanders will be
hurt or killed," she said.
Ms Kedgley said Transport Minister Mark Gosche should drop the proposal to allow bigger and heavier trucks on the road
and instead put his energy into buying back New Zealand's rail tracks.
"From both a road safety and an infrastructure perspective, taking back the ownership of our physical rail tracks has
never been more important and making our trucks bigger has never looked so absurd."