Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Be Vigilant or Risk a $378 Fine

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Be Vigilant or Risk a $378 Fine

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BUNDABERG motorists are being warned -- be vigilant or risk copping a $378 traffic infringement notice and three demerit points.

Monday marks the start of the 2018 cane harvesting season and Bundaberg Sugar wants locals to be aware of the increasing presence of cane trains.

Bundaberg Sugar cane supply manager Robert Powell said it was important for motorists and members of the public to understand the cane harvesting season brought with it a lot of cane train movement across the company's cane rail network.

"Our trains operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week from June to December," he said.

"Each year our drivers experience near-miss incidents where motorists try to race the trains at level crossings. Motorists should not be fooled by the speed of a cane train and must realise that it can't stop quickly. A cane train fully loaded can weigh in excess of 400 tonnes and takes more than a kilometre to stop.

"Bundaberg Sugar's cane rail network plays a significant role in transporting the harvested cane to either of our two sugar mills and without it would increase the number of trucks on our roads. …

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