Midfield’s first B-Triple combination is now on the roads. Mark Leggett said the 85-tonne B-Triple, led by a Kenworth truck, took its first load of refrigerated meat to Melbourne on
“The B-Triple is 34.2 metres long and can be loaded up to 85 tonne gross. It has approval to run from our Warrnambool plant to Truganina and the Melbourne Airport,” Mark said.
“The B-Triple has two A trailers, each of which have a capacity of 12 pallet spaces, and one B trailer, which has 22 pallet spaces.
“This is a very significant achievement for Midfield and has the potential to change the way we transport our product.”
Mark said a B-double Truck had a capacity of 46 tonne.
“The B-Triple system obviously means we can move more product with less vehicles, which will lead to reduced truck movements.
“It’s better for the environment, better for the community and better for the road network.”
This vehicle operates on a National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Performance Based Standards Permit (PBS) and must follow designated routes provided by the regulator. It runs under the Intelligent Access Program System – a satellite tracking system managed by VicRoads – and must run PBS approved tyres.
Midfield’s inclusion of a B-Triple in its fleet follows Boyle’s Livestock Transport introducing B-Triples for carting of livestock from the Northern Territory to Victoria. This has lead to improved efficiencies and animal welfare
benefits for cattle being transported from the Northern Territory and has removed the need for transferring stock from three B-Triples to four B-Doubles in Mount Gambier. A B-Double truck transports 72 head of stock, a B-Triple 96.