MY congratulations on reporter Jon Bassett’s initiative in last week’s edition by leaping into the cab with a truckie so as to give your readers the perspective that the container truck drivers see every time they use the Curtin Avenue route to get to Scarborough, Osborne Park or other suburbs.
Now all we need to do is get through to the people who live in Cottesloe who are in favour of the PFL that it will create an increase in the number of trucks using Curtin Avenue, Stirling Highway, Marine Parade and North Street; dramatically increase the congestion around the Jarrad and Eric streets’ crossings as cars bank up behind the trucks and increase the chance of a traffic fatality caused by impatient car drivers who leapfrog trucks as they slow down for traffic lights and roundabouts.
These drivers do not realise that they are “stealing” the space that the truck needs in which to brake and by doing this they dramatically increase their chance of being rear ended by a very large and heavy vehicle.
The basic economics of running a commercial haulage vehicle is that quicker turnarounds mean more loads and more loads mean more income.
So if you were running a truck and you knew that Curtin Avenue and West Coast Highway was the most direct route from Fremantle Port to Osborne Park, Malaga and so forth and you were saving money by not paying a toll fee which way would you go?
You do not need to be a rocket scientist to work out that answer.
That is why if the PFL goes ahead the container truck traffic on Curtin Avenue will increase dramatically; even the people at Main Roads who deal with trucks acknowledge that.
The PFL will cause an increase in the number of trucks passing through Cottesloe, using Curtin Avenue or Stirling Highway, and this will create a continuous problem for residents and road users in Cottesloe and other suburbs on the same truck route.
Therefore, common sense needs to prevail with the PFL scrapped and the money spent on upgrading the roads and freight-holding areas adjacent to the outer harbour at Kwinana.