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ATA gives thumbs up for safety and productivity spending

All road users will benefit due to safety dividend, St Clair says


The next round of heavy vehicle infrastructure spending is crucial to safety and efficiency, the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has emphasised.

The $200 million of heavy vehicle projects across Australia over five years from 2014-15 through the latest round of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program include road access improvements, new bridges, and building new or upgraded heavy vehicle rest areas across the country.

“The fatigue laws dictate that truck drivers must take regular breaks, but on many freight routes there simply aren’t enough rest areas for drivers to comply,” ATA CEO Stuart St Clair says.

“In 2008, a review of truck rest areas found that none of Australia’s major highways fully met the national guidelines, which require a major rest area every 100km, a minor rest area every 50km, and a small truck parking bay every 30km.

“The ATA applauds the Government for continuing to improve heavy vehicle infrastructure through the program.

“By making it easier for drivers to find a place to stop, this funding improves safety for all road users.”

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