TCA in informal rest area information digitisation

Focus on ‘green reflector’ concept championed by Rod Hannifey

TCA in informal rest area information digitisation
NHVR promotional image of Hannifey's green reflector concept


Transport Certification Australia (TCA) has continued its rollout of digitised rest area information through the Traveller Information Exchange (TIX).

The current instalment marks the first time that information about informal rest areas – identified by green reflectors – has been digitised.

TCA CEO Chris Koniditsiotis says his organisation has worked with road safety advocate Rod Hannifey to digitally record location and amenity information of informal rest areas.

"By using in-cab navigation devices which reference information provided through TIX, drivers will have advance knowledge of informal rest area locations and amenities during their trip," he says.

"As the outgoing chief executive officer of TCA, I am particularly pleased that Rod Hannifey’s work on green reflectors (which he has personally championed for nearly two decades) has progressed into the digital realm."

Hannifey has been promoting the use of green reflectors as a cheap and effective measure to identify informal rest areas.

The digitisation of informal rest area information complements the installation of green reflector markings near informal truck bays along the Newell Highway Newell Highway, which was progressed with Rod Hannifey during Round 2 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program ministered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) on behalf of the federal government.

"I welcome TCA’s support and enthusiasm for making truck rest area information more available and accessible than ever before, and including green reflector marking of informal bays as well," he says.

"We need not only more rest areas, but the ability to know where they are in advance, to help us manage our fatigue."

"When you get tired and need a site, you need to know when rest areas are available. If we save one driver from a fatigue event, this will be yet another step-in helping drivers be safe on the road."

Read about TCA's initial rest area digitisation via TIX, here

The 2018 fatigueHACK hosted by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) in April 2018 kickstarted a conversation about rest area information through in-cab devices.

"During our fatigue hackathon, industry members raised a number of concerns and the need for practical solutions," ATA CEO Ben Maguire says.

"We’re thrilled TCA took notice and really ran with it, working with industry to provide truck drivers and operators free access to rest area location and amenity information.

"Heavy vehicle rest areas will be a key issue for discussion at our Trucking Australia conference in Perth this April. I’m really excited TCA will be part of this positive conversation and bring some new thinking to the table.

This current instalment coincides with the recent release of the Austroads Guidelines for the Provision of Heavy Vehicle Rest Area Facilities, which includes guidelines on the use of green reflectors to identify informal rest areas.

Users can access green reflector information via TIX here.


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