Blue reflectors to guide truck drivers to rest areas

Blue reflectors posted on the approaches to informal rest areas around NSW to give truck drivers more time stop

Blue reflectors have been posted on the approaches to more than 100 informal rest areas around NSW to give truck drivers more time to slow down and pull over.

A spokesperson for the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) says three circular reflectors are placed on guide posts 300 metres before a rest site.

Another two reflectors will be posted 200 metres away, with another one posted at the turnoff to the site.

"These blue reflectors are a practical, cost effective way to let drivers who might be unfamiliar with the road know that informal rest areas are available," the spokesperson says.

The introduction of the reflectors follows a trial along the Newell Highway in July last year.

"Blue reflectors are currently being installed along the Silver City, Barrier, Great Western, Mitchell and Mid Western Highways, with other roads to be covered progressively," the spokesperson says.

The initiative is the brainchild of Dubbo heavy vehicle driver Rod Hannifey, who came up with the idea after a trip to Sydney on an unfamiliar route.

The RTA hopes the reflectors will also remind drivers of their obligation to comply with fatigue management regulations.

"While the main rest areas are a great place to take a break and use amenities, informal sites simply provide drivers with an area where they can safely pull over and have a sleep," the spokesperson says.

The RTA says it has also launched another initiative to help drivers determine where to rest and how to plan their trip.

The road agency’s website marks the locations of the main rest areas and reviver sites, which the spokesperson says will help drivers organise their trips before leaving their base.

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