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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.

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