Review long overdue
many more rest areas there for trucks,” he said.
Rick said a pull-over area near the entrance to the historical village of Longford was suitable for a short stop but had no facilities.
“There are some all right pull-off areas beside the highway between Launceston and Georgetown and probably about four beside the Bass Highway heading to Devonport,” he said.
Peter is a long-time driver who told Big Rigs that he didn’t know of a rest or pull-over area, other than at St Peter’s Pass, which had toilets.
“What do you do if you need a pee or have to fill out your log book,” he said.
A female small fleet owner based at Latrobe beside the Bass Highway said that “more appropriate and decent rest areas for truckies” were urgently needed.
“I would say there are no rest areas which are perfect for truckies. Authorities enforce the log book laws and we don’t have places to stop,” she said.
Devonport-based Selwyn Sinfield is a 75-year-old who has 55 years; experience as a truck driver and was a prime mover behind starting the consultation process.
“I sent an email to the Transport Minister in February with my concerns about rest areas and it has gone from there,” he said.
Selwyn said that at the moment the Government had a list of truck rest stops and most were also weighbridges.
“Parramatta Creek is a place with tables and shade listed as a truck rest stop. This site is so small that buses converted to motor homes towing a car have great difficulty entering,” he said. “Tour buses have been seen to enter and have to reverse out.
“This site is at bottom of a hill in both directions in a 100km/h zone and no off or on ramps and a single semi has no hope in hell of entering. St Peters Pass is another where trucks cannot enter.
“Those two are the only areas that go anywhere near the facilities required under National Transport Commission suggested requirements and guidelines.
“There are two listed near Bridport, which are used as school bus stops. Most are just gravel or sealed surfaces with no toilets or tables to sit at.”
Selwyn also provided Big Rigs with a list of areas which had been used by truck drivers to rest or check loads, but had been taken away.
“Areas such as these need to increase in numbers rather than being taken away,” he said.
“These areas are needed so drivers can abide by the ever-increasing laws to manage fatigue and COR legislation recently introduced on October 1.”
Jimmy Stafford is critical of the state’s rest areas.
Peter Rolls would like to see more done.