Make signs part of new rest areas: ATA NSW


Industry welcomes new investment but says holiday makers taking up rest area space is still an issue

Make signs part of new rest areas: ATA NSW
Jodie Broadbent calls for relevant signage.

 

The Australian Trucking Association’s NSW branch (ATA NSW) has welcomed the announcement of new rest areas under the state’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program. But it has urged authorities to specify some of the new spaces as "heavy vehicle" only.

ATA NSW manager Jodie Broadbent says some of the $119.6 million set aside for a range of new heavy vehicle projects in the state should pay for signage that ensures the rest areas are used predominately by truck drivers taking scheduled breaks.

"The funding to build and improve heavy vehicle facilities, including rest areas, in NSW is fantastic," Broadbent says.

"However, we need to make sure that these facilities are used for their intended purpose."

The issue of holidaymakers using truck rest areas as camping grounds was raised just before Christmas last year.

Broadbent feels little changed over the summer holiday period, despite camping organisations including the National Association of Caravan Clubs and the Caravan and Camping Industry Association urging their members to steer clear of heavy vehicle rest areas.

"Roads and freight minister Duncan Gay needs to ensure heavy vehicle signage is adopted at new and upgraded rest areas, and work with the NSW Police to provide education and enforcement to those who park illegally," she says.

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