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Milk tankers given the heave-ho

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 01 Oct, 2020 | By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

The large milk tankers parked on the outskirts of Hāwea have been given the short-sharp-shift after Hawea Community Association member Robert White raised concerns.

Up to five truck and trailer units had been parking on Domain Road and Noema Tce over the last fortnight.

The trucks were there throughout the day, with frequent changeovers, but mostly in the mornings, White told the ODT.

He believed the milk tankers were coming from the Devon Dairy farms in Hawea Flat and were parked up until long-haul drivers arrived to drive them up to Westland Milk Products in Hokitika.

White said the Capell Ave and Domain Rd intersection was not designed to take trucks that size and the trucks were frequently parked near a school bus shelter, next to a bike park, and blocked pedestrian access to the lakefront from Domain Rd.

He said that he had rung the NZ Transport Agency and there are no approvals for these high productivity motor vehicles [HPMV] trucks to be operating on these roads.

The milk tankers were also having a significant effect on Gladstone Rd when going from Devon Dairy farms to Hawea.

"Some of these trucks are up to 60 tonnes which is 16 tonnes over what a normal truck is allowed, and this road is not even designed for regular trucks," White said to the ODT.

White had also contacted the Queenstown Lakes District Council about the trucks.

QLDC spokesperson Jack Barlow said truck and trailers over 44 tonnes required permits to use Gladstone and Domain Rds.

Parking off a roadway was not allowed in the Queenstown Lakes district.

"After being made aware of the issue [in Hawea], the council enforcement officers contacted the owners of the tankers and notified them of the terms of the bylaw. This issue has subsequently been resolved," Barlow said.

Neither the company that owned the trucks,Dynes Transport in Dunedin, nor Devon Dairy farms returned the Wānaka Sun's calls.

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