Govt Hampers Debate on Heavy Trucks

The Herald reports on our submission on heavy trucks:

Pro-rail campaigners say the Government is seeking public support for heavier trucks without producing evidence of economic benefits to justify the extra wear on the country’s roads.

The Campaign for Better Transport in Auckland says submissions due by Friday on a draft rule change allowing truck loads to be increased to 53 tonnes or more have been hampered by the Ministry of Transport’s refusal to provide a report on claimed productivity benefits from Canterbury road trials.

I don’t think this is an issue so much about road vs rail, but about safety for other road users and the fairness ratepayers, taxpayers and other road users subsidising the trucking industry.

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