Have your say on how to improve truckies’ rest areas in NSW

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Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is calling for truckies’ input on how to improve the quality and number of heavy vehicle rest areas in the state.

In a newly released online survey, the TfNSW said it recognises that roads are heavy vehicle drivers’ workplace, and rest areas are important facilities that support driver wellbeing and compliance with mandatory rest breaks.

The department is now carrying out a review of heavy vehicle rest stops across the state road network, and is planning for and prioritising future heavy vehicle rest stop initiatives that will “help to identify funding requirements and potential funding and delivery options”.

“We would like your feedback to help us to identify the priority sites and initiatives we should focus on in the immediate term.”

To take part, all you need to do is answer the below five questions by clicking here.

  1. Do you use the Transport for NSW online rest areas map as part of your pre-journey planning?
  2. Do you use the Transport for NSW online rest areas map to make mid-journey decisions about fatigue management?
  3. What features or improvements could be made to the Transport for NSW online rest areas map, to ensure it meets your needs?
  4. Would you use or value signage that identifies real-time heavy vehicle parking availability/rest area capacity, to make decisions mid-journey?
  5. What other technologies would you like to see Transport for NSW investigate to assist drivers in managing fatigue?
TfNSW wants to know if you find signage like this helpful.

In the interactive feedback section you can also drop pins on a map where you would like to see new or improved rest stops and leave comments.

The Yarraman site is one that has attracted early feedback.

“Both north and south bound use Yarraman as it is the only decent rest area between Narrabri and Coonabarabran but it fills quickly now a days with B-doubles and road trains, writes Ian Patterson.

“May I suggest marking out parking bays including the centre of the bitumen to get more trucks in – toilets are getting to a point of needing replacement.”

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