Big Rigs - - FRONT PAGE - Kirstin Payne

THE bat­tle for driver re­sources, such as toi­lets and a place to rest their head, has taken an ag­gres­sive turn to­wards rev­enue rais­ing.

Gold Coast truck driv­ers have been fined hun­dreds of dol­lars for park­ing and un­hook­ing their trail­ers in the same area they’ve been us­ing for decades.

Driver Trent O’Neill is one of the op­er­a­tors who re­ceived more than six sep­a­rate park­ing fines in the mail over a two-month pe­riod.

The area in dis­pute is a patch of land on the western side of the M1 near Yatala fre­quented by com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles.

For a long time the trans­port in­dus­try has used this area with­out is­sue from the coun­cil. A truck can even be seen parked at the Cuth­bert Dr area on Google Im­ages.

The space is bor­dered by a se­ries of wooden bol­lards erected by the coun­cil on the north­ern end of the area.

There is no sig­nage and the area is not sur­rounded by hous­ing, nor does it im­pede or oth­er­wise im­pact on the flow of traf­fic or pub­lic safety.

“I re­ceived my first fines in Au­gust, copped three in one day for my trail­ers,” Trent said.

“Later I re­ceived a let­ter hit­ting me for three more in Septem­ber.”

Trent, like many other driv­ers, has been us­ing the area for more than 14 years with­out con­cern, so was sur­prised when the let­ter ar­rived.

“The in­fringe­ment says the heavy ve­hi­cle was left on Cuth­bert Rd,” he said.

“I’m just at a loss. They have this in­fras­truc­ture in place, they don’t need to spend any money but now they don’t think we should use it.

“This is a valu­able piece of land ... be­ing re­stricted by a nar­row-minded coun­cil.”

Af­ter ap­proach­ing the coun­cil and the fed­eral mem­ber on the mat­ter Trent


The spot in dis­pute on the M1. IN DIS­PUTE: There was never a prob­lem park­ing on this va­cant land – un­til now.

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