HVS Update 5-2021

Use of Road Train Assembly Areas

Main Roads continues to receive complaints from the transport industry that some operators are leaving trucks, trailers and equipment parked in Road Train Assembly Areas (RTAAs) for extended periods of time. This is being experienced at various RTAAs State-wide but particularly at Abernethy Road, Forrestfield.

The issues relate to operators parking trailers in the designated oversize load path through the RTAA on Abernethy Road or leaving trailers in the RTAA for extended periods. 

RTAAs are not to be used as depots and excessive stays should be reported to HVS.

Main Roads reminds operators as follows:

  • RTAAs are primarily for the breakdown and assembly of Restricted Access Vehicles (RAVs) that do not have the appropriate access to the network. RTAAs are not to be used as transport yards or for the garaging of equipment. Vehicles should not be left in RTAAs more than 24 hours.
  • With regards to the Forrestfield RTAA, operators are reminded that companies with yards on Abernethy Road or in close proximity to it should not be using the RTAA, and no light vehicles are to be parked within it. Vehicles must not block the path required for access by oversize loads through the RTAA. Main Roads is currently investigating the potential for installing lockable bollards across both ends of the oversize crossover to prevent parking in that zone.
  • Main Roads is developing a Traffic Management Plan for the Forrestfield site, including the enhancement of signage to reflect the terms of use for the RTAA. Main Roads is also liaising with other agencies to establish a management order over the RTAA to allow a wider range of options to be taken against vehicles parked contrary to the terms of use.

In the meantime operators can assist by advising Main Roads of problems being encountered by emailing hvs@mainroads.wa.gov.au or calling 138 486.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Heavy Vehicle Services
5 May 2021

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