Tak­ing up space in our ar­eas

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TRUCK­IES have had enough of car­a­van driv­ers park­ing in their rest ar­eas.

Bris­bane driver Bruce Skelton shared his sug­ges­tions on what to do about the is­sue on Page 9 of this is­sue but lots of Big

Rigs so­cial me­dia fol­low­ers had their say on Facebook.

Tony White said it hap­pened “just about ev­ery­where on the coast, they just don’t give a toss”.

“I’d like to see the pow­ers that be fine them for park­ing in our spots but not just a slap on the wrist, make it hurt, give them the kind of fines we get for a breach in our fa­tigue laws,” he said.

Terry David­son said apart from these peo­ple be­ing thought­less, who would want to park in a spot where trucks were com­ing and go­ing through the night?

“There has to be a lot of qui­eter spots,” he said.

“I once stayed at Lit­tle Italy, just south of Bal­lina, and I couldn’t be­lieve the level of noise, be­ing right next to the high­way.”

Wayne Bryen said it needed to be mon­i­tored by RMS and hefty penal­ties should ap­ply, as the penal­ties for truck driv­ers who ran over time were “ridicu­lous”.

“There are sev­eral large rest ar­eas specif­i­cally for campers which are not ac­ces­si­ble for trucks, New Italy is not too much fur­ther down the road,” he said.

“En­force truck rest ar­eas in­stead of just en­forc­ing our rest breaks.”

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