Road safety ad­vo­cates up­hill bat­tle for safe rest stops

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FULL-TIME truckie and part-time road safety ad­vo­cate Rod Han­nifey has been fight­ing an up­hill bat­tle for close to two decades.

He’s been on the Blue Re­flec­tor cam­paign trail for nearly 20 years, frus­trated be­cause rest stops are in sham­bles.

De­spite a na­tional road safety in­quiry in 2004 and The Na­tional Trans­port Com­mis­sion’s na­tional rest area guidelines in 2005, Rod said real ac­tion hasn’t been taken. Big Rigs read­ers un­der­stood his frus­tra­tions as they shared them too.

Robin David Brown: It’s not about driver safety it’s all about rais­ing rev­enue. No funds will be spent on park­ing bays or any­thing that will im­prove driver safety. Truck driv­ers are treated like sec­ond rate ci­ti­zens end of story.

Keith Mor­rell: Ev­ery work­place must sup­ply at least drink­ing wa­ter, cof­fee and ameni­ties... If the govern­ment wants us to park in th­ese holes, that would be a start. Ac­tu­ally, why don’t they just let us park in towns again? Force coun­cils to pro­vide park­ing near fa­cil­i­ties? Sam Dowler: Rod keeps bat­tling on for all of us and needs our sup­port he does a great job voic­ing truck­ies con­cerns and al­ways has.

PHOTO: KIRSTIN PAYNE

ROAD TO SAFETY: Road safety ad­vo­cate Rod Han­nifey.

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