A leading online caravanners’ advocate has taken to his popular social media page to remind motorists to show truckies more respect at designated rest areas.
Writing on his popular Truck Friendly – caravan road safety program Facebook page, administrator Ken Wilson was reacting to a picture that truckie David Oxley first shared with the On the Pads Queensland Facebook group. Oxley also agreed to share the picture with Big Rigs.
In the shot, taken at bp Caboolture northbound on August 13, all the B-double slots on site are taken up by caravans.
“Couldn’t even get a park,” Oxley writes. “No wonder caravans are not popular with truckies – especially when it comes to us doing things right by the book to avoid fines.”
Oxley said he sent the same picture in an email to bp but has not heard back.
Wilson, meanwhile, told his 23,000 Facebook followers that if caravanners want respect, and to be treated with respect by other road users, they need to earn it.
He says the photo clearly shows the lack of “courtesy, respect and consideration” that some caravanners and motorhome drivers have for other road users.
“The selfish and inconsiderate behaviour of the drivers in the photo is unfortunately a very common problem,” Wilson said.
“With September school holidays only a few weeks away, please stay out of truck parking bays. Do not park in truck turning circles, as they need space to turn, so we can all hopefully have a good day and take a break from driving.”
Wilson also told his followers not to be surprised if someone leaves a note on their windscreen if they parked their caravan or motorhome in a bay designated for trucks.
“Don’t be surprised if a truck parks in front of you blocking you in. They may not legally be allowed to drive it for several hours, so may not be able to move the truck once parked so you can be stuck there for some time.
“Do not be surprised if someone yells out in the roadhouse restaurant or over the PA asking the caravanners to move their vans and embarrassing you. You are in the wrong.
“Don’t be surprised if a frustrated truck driver posts a photo of your rig on social media for all to see your lack of consideration for others. These are all suggestions and actions taken from the comments to the article in ‘On The Pads’.
“We all agree there are not enough parking and rest areas, and the governments and corporations need to do more, however it does not excuse bad behaviour.”
Oxley, who travels between Brisbane and Cairns on a weekly basis, told Big Rigs that the problem is by no means limited to bp Caboolture.
He also sent us this picture below of his battle to find a spot at the Caltex (formerly Puma) at Traveston this weekend.
“There was a separate area for caravans at both bp Caboolture and the Caltex Traveston that was half-empty,” Oxley added.
“I just think it comes down to pure laziness and incompetence.”
Some followers of Truck Friendly – caravan road safety program pointed out that there needs to be more respect shown by all of those sharing the road.
“Parking is not behaving badly,” Erika Vorlicek also tells Big Rigs.
“It is also necessary for caravan drivers to do so to take a legally required break. So where exactly are the alloted caravan parks? Also as the daughter of a long list of truck interstate truck drivers, don’t get me started on truck drivers behaving badly stories ! FGS ! It’s posts like this that create anymosity between road users. Shame on you.”
Big Rigs has approached bp and Caltex for comment.