Commercial vehicle surveys in New South Wales

Commercial vehicle surveys were carried out during 1979 for the Commission of Enquiry into the New South Wales Road Freight Industry. This paper presents a summary of results from some of the more important surveys, including statewide commercial vehicle axle loads, classification counts, speed and noise measurements. The results obtained in these 1979 surveys are compared with earlier surveys, particularly the comprehensive data obtained in 1974/75 as part of the National Association of Australian State Road Authorities (NAASRA) economics of road vehicle limits study, and a number of trends in the operations of commercial vehicles on the road system are indicated. There has been a significant increase in the proportion of the larger 6 axle articulated vehicles in the fleet makeup, and there has been some increase in average pavement loadings per commercial vehicle. The surveys also indicate that current speed regulations for commercial vehicles are unrealistic. Noise measurements on commercial vehicles show the disproportionate effect they have on road traffic noise, and point to the need for more stringent control on this aspect of commercial vehicle operations.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 269-80
  • Monograph Title: Land use traffic impact prediction
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 10
    • Issue Number: 5

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  • Accession Number: 01439226
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 10:05PM