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Ac­cord­ing to the Mackay Mer­cury, the Queens­land town of Calen is miss­ing out on busi­ness from truck traf­fic. Calen is on the Bruce High­way around 40 min­utes north of Mackay, and res­i­dents say the lack of a ded­i­cated truck stop­ping lane means northbound truck­ies have nowhere to pull over.

Sure, there are the il­le­gal op­tions, such as park­ing in front of Aus­tralia Post or re­tail out­lets.

Nor­mally, park­ing out­side the cop shop would be a case of “would you like a fine with that burger?”. How­ever, the lo­cal sergeant says trucks can park “as long as they’re not im­ped­ing ac­cess to and from res­i­dences”.

In fact, the sergeant is en­cour­ag­ing truck driv­ers to pull up there.

Mean­while, most truck driv­ers are un­will­ing to chance their hand, pre­fer­ring to con­tinue on to Proser­pine.

No prob­lem for south­bound driv­ers though, with a ded­i­cated truck lane hand­ily placed.

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