“Over the years, the RTA has sometimes released policies regarding rest areas but it does not seem to regard them as an important road safety issue or a mandatory design feature for roads,” ATA NSW manager Jill Lewis said.
ATA has called for a systematic review to entrench the need for truck rest areas within the RTA, along with a dedicated rest area manager who would consult directly with industry throughout the development program.
“What is needed is for the RTA to mandate rest areas in its design and construction manuals, and all the other tools used by its road builders so that rest areas cannot continue to be left out,” Ms Lewis said.
“We fear that NSW RTA not treating the serious lack of rest areas as urgent could prove to be a disastrous situation for some drivers.
“We are only three months away from the implementation of the new fatigue regulations, when it will be mandatory for drivers to have designated rest breaks, and the question still needs to be asked and answered – where will thousands of trucks drivers be able to park and rest up?”