An increased frequency of overspill from iron ore trucks causing windscreen damage to other vehicles has prompted a local Shire to call for a solution. Shire of Murchison president Ross Foulkes-Taylor put forward an agenda item at the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) Regional Road Group meeting on Monday regarding increased windscreen damage from trucks transporting iron ore. It is believed the trucks are well into their journey when they are still spilling iron ore, causing damage to other vehicle windscreens in range. Cr Foulkes-Taylor said the damage was occurring on heavy traffic rural roads and the issue needed to be addressed. “These trucks are starting from places such as Wiluna and Mount Magnet, heading to Geraldton. Iron ore is causing damage to cars after 700km of travelling,” he said. “I’d be naïve to think that loaded trucks don’t drop a bit of debris, but it definitely shouldn’t be happening when you’ve been driving on the highway for some time — that means its continuing to come out of the truck.” Cr Foulkes-Taylor said he brought up the matter in the recent virtual WALGA meeting and the motion was passed. “We will be following through with it by attempting to get solutions to this quite serious problem. Obviously the truck drivers will have their side and I respect that — but it’s unfair and dangerous,” he said. Cr Foulkes-Taylor said he understood the damages were occurring along the Mount Magnet road towards Geraldton which handled busy traffic. “Whether they’re operated under pressure to meet a schedule, or given certain goods (dry iron-ore) to transport, or if the trucks aren’t loaded correctly on site. On a practical basis it’s just not on,” he said. Cr Foulkes-Taylor said he supported industries within the region and respected the importance of the jobs they supplied, but the trucks shared their workplace with others in the community when they drove on rural roads. “It’s not acceptable that the community has to share the damages — it’s not fair and it is dangerous,” he said. Cr Foulkes-Taylor said he was aware of almost daily incidents of iron ore damage, and noted the debris came from the side of the trucks and not out of the top. He said the ministers of concern had been notified and he would also be contacting the relevant Shires.