MATRAVILLE residents fed up with dangerous driving along Bunnerong Rd have renewed calls for action amid fears it is “only a matter of time” before someone else is killed.
Safety campaigner Carlos Da Rocha is calling for an end to oversized trucks flaunting size restrictions and vehicles performing illegal U-turns.
He said trucks were using the Bunnerong Rd and Daunt Ave intersection to perform illegal U-turns.
“I get the impression it’s going to take another serious fatality before something is done,” Mr Da Rocha said.
The tragic death of an 82-year-old passenger in a two-car accident at the Bunnerong Rd and Botany Rd intersection last year prompted calls for the installation a roundabout or traffic lights.
The RMS launched an investigation shortly after.
“We are continuing investigations into safety improvements at the intersection of Bunnerong Rd and Botany Rd at Matraville. Investigations are ongoing,” an RMS spokesman said.
He said illegal U-turns by trucks had been reduced with the completion of a new truck marshalling area on Bumborah Point Rd.
Bunnerong Rd is an important route for trucks accessing Botany Port.
Eastern Beaches LAC detective Superintendent Gavin Dengate said police regularly conducted heavy vehicle operations along the route, watching for illegal activity, checking licences, logbooks and loads.
Supt Dengate said drivers and pedestrians using Bunnerong Rd needed to understand the needs of trucks using the route.
“In that area we have a lot of heavy vehicles and people need to understand that they have a greater turning circle, have a greater need for space when stopping and their vision can be higher with some restrictions,” he said.
Bunnerong Rd has a 12.5m length restriction for all vehicles, with the exception of a small number of B-double trucks exceeding 19m that cannot use any other route.