NSW asks for truckies’ help to improve rest areas

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Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is calling for truckies’ help to increase the number and improve the quality of heavy vehicle rest stops across the state road network.

In a statement released to industry today, TfNSW said the Heavy Vehicle Rest Stop Improvement Program aims to plan and prepare for new heavy vehicle rest stop opportunities and potential improvements to existing rest stops.

The program includes a comprehensive audit of the state road network and the existing and potential provision of heavy vehicle rest stops against the Austroads Guidelines.

“We are now seeking heavy vehicle drivers’ feedback to inform network priorities,” said TfNSW.

“Heavy vehicle drivers and operators are invited to share their perspective to ensure the work meets the current and future needs of heavy vehicle drivers and the growing freight task by identifying any gaps in the network.

“In seeking feedback, we would like industry to prioritise feedback on the Barton Highway, Princes Highway and Great Western Highway in the first instance and then consider the broader state road network.”

Truckies can have their say via a survey or interactive map here.

Feedback is open until February 23 and will be used to identify priority areas, inform future improvements to the quality and quantity of heavy vehicle rest areas.

“Transport recognises that roads are heavy vehicle drivers’ workplace, and rest areas are important facilities that support driver wellbeing and compliance with mandatory rest breaks,” added Scott Greenow, acting executive director freight, regional and outer metropolitan for TfNSW.

Greenow said TfNSW is seeking feedback on:

  • Industry identified priority gaps for rest stops on key freight corridors and state-road network where new or upgraded rest stops should be considered.
  • Capacity at rest stops to inform where targeted interventions may be necessary
  • How drivers would want to use these potential heavy vehicle rest stops (i.e for sleep or short breaks).

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