Truss stands by commitment of 500 rest areas

Opposition spokesman underlines 10-year plan and takes swipe at safe rates legislation

By Brad Gardner | May 18, 2012

The federal Opposition has renewed its commitment to building 500 rest areas if it comes to power.

Opposition spokesman on transport Warren Truss told the Australian Trucking Convention the Coalition still plans to forge ahead with its $300 million investment committed during the 2010 federal election.

The Coalition has pledged to spend $30 million each year for 10 years building 50 rest areas annually.

"It's deliverable and we intend to achieve it," Truss says.

The political veteran also used his appearance to utter support for national heavy vehicle regulations and to once again raise his concerns with safe rates legislation.

"This legislation troubles me greatly," he says.

Truss rejected a link between remuneration and road safety, telling the convention safe rates is about increasing union power.

He says initiatives such as chain of responsibility and national regulations will have greater effect on safety.

"They should have been given a chance to work," Truss says.

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