ATA give thumbs up to rest area pledge

CEO St Clair welcomes Coalition promises for spending on road infrastructure and safety programs

August 22, 2013

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has welcomed the Coalition’s commitment to invest in rest areas.

The Coalition says it plans to spend $2.2 billion over five years on the Roads to Recovery, Black Spot and Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity programs if elected.

ATA CEO Stuart St Clair says the funding would help truck drivers manage their fatigue and improve road safety.

"Truck drivers are required by law to take regular rest breaks but there are not enough safe places for them to stop and rest," St Clair says.

"In 2008, a review of truck rest areas found that none of Australia’s major highways fully met the national guidelines, which require a rest area every 100 kilometres, a minor rest area every 50 kilometres and a small truck parking bay every 30 kilometres.

"The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program was established that same year and has funded the construction of upgrade of hundreds of rest areas," he adds.

"The Coalition has made a very good decision to continue the program if it wins office."

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