Truck restrictions to begin ahead of Comm Games

31 July 2017 Trucks will be forced to only drive in the left-hand lanes of the M1 from tomorrow, in preparation for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.

The State’s peak motoring body reminded motorists from Tuesday (1 August) truck drivers would be legally confined to the left lanes to help ease congestion and traffic flow on Queensland’s busiest road.

RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said the restriction was for trucks more than 4.5 tonnes travelling between on the between Springwood (Exit 20) and Nerang-Broadbeach Rd at Robina (Exit 82 southbound and Exit 79 northbound).

“Having these restrictions effective at least eight months out from the Games will give everyone plenty of practice and help to ease congestion problems ahead of time,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Motorists should be aware when entering and exiting the highway trucks legally can’t move out of the two left lanes, that’s even to overtake or when traffic has slowed.

“Police will be patrolling the roads to enforce the new rules, which will continue to be law post-Commonwealth Games.”

Ms Ritchie said RACQ’s Traffic Response Units and Highway Clearance vehicles would play a pivotal role in keeping the M1 moving during the Games.

“We’ll be the guardians of the Gold Coast. We’ll have increased vehicles patrolling the M1 for crashes to ensure a rapid response in clearing up the scenes and getting traffic moving again,” she said.

Trucks breaching the rules would be fined $126 and three demerit points as an individual, or $630 for businesses.