Truckies share their rest area misery
KYM Colman thinks if authorities cannot supply necessary facilities in 15 minute travel intervals to “enable and encourage” drivers to manage their fatigue to the laws they enforce, then they shouldn’t be legally able to fine drivers in 15 minute blocks.
“How can you follow the rules for their game when you can spend hours looking for suitable rest areas, particularly heavy vehicles carrying DG who cannot lawfully park wherever they please?”
Ann Waterhouse echoed Kym’s thoughts after reading a column by the Australian Trucking Association about what they’d campaigned for and achieved over the past year.
“Car rest areas have toilets, shade and at times play areas,” she said.
“Truckies need rest areas everyday and every night but the car rest areas are not used every day and night.”
Grant Earl said it had been legislated for years that workers were entitled to rest rooms, toilets, by the government departments but “when it comes to them doing the same thing, under their own legislation, it’s all too difficult”.