In last week’s Diesel News we erroneously described Rod Hannifey as receiving funding for parking bays. Of course, the funding for improving parking bays has been announced by the various state authorities, in part, as a result of the tireless work Rod puts in, lobbying the road authorities on the state of our road infrastructure, especially around parking bays for trucks.
According to Rod, not one of Australia’s major highways meets minimum required standards for rest areas and 60 per cent of the highways inspected were seriously deficient.
Included in the new funding is $5 million in NSW allocated to upgrade rest areas, in this financial year, a step in the right direction for truck drivers. This allocation includes upgrades to Warkworth, Uarbry, Dunedoo, Elong Elong, Boothenba, Denman, Comialla.
As Natroad stated last week, “Rest stops aren’t just an added extra to a main highway, they are an essential part of safety and fatigue management for drivers, trucking companies and for all road users.”
The Victorian Government are also coming to the party, with VicRoads heavy vehicle services director Eric Henderson saying, driver fatigue was the most common cause of road crashes involving heavy vehicles.
“Rest areas provide drivers with a safe area to stop and rest, which helps improve safety and reduces driver fatigue,” said Henderson.
To get a handle on where truck rest areas are, or aren’t, check out the various state authorities website where the official facilities are listed:
VIC – Vic Roads
Western Australia – Mainroads Western Australia