15 Apr 2013

Dust from logging trucks

6:45 am on 15 April 2013

A Northland farmer says he's grateful for efforts to reduce a dust hazard caused by logging trucks - but the trucks are still a risk to road safety.

Graham Wright, who lives near Pipiwai north of Whangarei, says up to 60 trucks per day use a winding gravel road that runs between his house and his milking shed.

Mr Wright said the dust-storms they cause have abated since the council and the forest company sprayed the road beside his property with an oil product.

But he said the logging trucks push the gravel to the sides of the road, making it narrower and creating deep ruts.

However, residents on Pipiwai Road in the Far North, which has not been treated with oil, have threatened to block the road if the dust continues.