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Ask RiotACT: Conditional vehicle use in ACT

By Gungahlin_Bob 6 December 2016

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I am asking this question, as I don’t know the full answer, but I am pretty confident my understanding is correct.

Over the last month or so, I have seen an increased number of Construction Tractors (as opposed to farming tractors) with Conditional Registration travelling long distances (e.g. at least two going from Gungahlin to Fyshwick – this is confirmed, but may have come from further afield) on a regular basis (everyday).

Why I raise the issue, is that these vehicles are travelling between 40Km/h and 60Km/h in the 100Km/h during the peak periods causing log jams on the Majura Parkway (I call it a log jam as it is still moving, however it effectively reduces the lanes to one causing vehicles to break heavily if they don’t realise it).

On Canberra Access, the only thing that I can confirm is that Conditional Registration is for:

“special purpose vehicles such as bulldozers or road construction vehicles operating on a road within a defined work area;”

So really it comes down to the definition of “within a defined work area”. Is the whole of the ACT now defined as a work area? Some may say that it is, based on the amount of road construction going on.

I don’t have a problem if this vehicle is on the back of truck with the power to move along the roads at a reasonable speed, heck I wouldn’t complain if he considered the traffic issues in Canberra and moved it at non-peak times, even if it is not legal to do so, but it appears that these construction vehicles are just flouting the conditions of their registration and increasing the already overloaded roads.

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