Truck­ies share their rest area mis­ery

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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”.

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