Glenelg Shire asks truckies to take a quiet approach

TRUCK drivers have been warned not to leave their rigs parked and idling in built-up neighbourhoods. 

The caution has been sparked by Glenelg Shire Council receiving increasing numbers of complaints from residents about trucks being started and left idling in the early morning. 

Other south-west councils have backed the clampdown, which is based on a statewide road safety rule stating vehicles heavier than 4.5 tonnes or longer than 7.5 metres must not stop in a built-up area for longer than an hour,  unless permitted by the local council or in accordance with a traffic control device or engaged in dropping off, or picking up, goods. 

“With the increasing number of trucks on our roads council is experiencing an increase in the number of parking and noise complaints associated with trucks parked in residential areas,” Glenelg’s media and communications co-ordinator Alexis Gillham said.

“Complaints stem from vehicles being started and left idling for a time in the early hours of the morning.”

She said environment protection regulations had prohibitions between 8pm and 7am on weeknights and 8pm to 9am on weekends.

Other south-west councils told The Standard the same also applied in their municipalities.

Complaints can be investigated by police or council local laws offers.

The penalty for breaching regulations is $432.

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