Heavy Vehicle Rest area, road stop, sign, generic
Heavy Vehicle Rest area, road stop, sign, generic Kirstin Payne

Severe lack of parking bays on our highways

WHILE Western Australian authorities think Victoria has a great rest stop model for them to duplicate, truckies don't agree.

"I've never seen these rest areas, let alone 40km apart,” said driver Tony Bulstrode, who does five return trips a fortnight from Adelaide to Melbourne.

Adam Moore though, was all for the angle parking in Victoria and thought it should be rolled out nationally.

"Even made longer for the future of bigger vehicles,” he said.

"There is a severe lack of decent parking bays on the Pacific and Bruce highways.”

David A. Walsh thought the states should look at the New South Wales model, which he said had parking bays reasonably spaced and most had toilet facilities.

"When I was on the east coast, most country ones appeared to have plenty of room for both trucks as well as caravans,” he said.

Vernon Deer was quick to point out long-time road safety advocate Rod Hannifey had drawn up a design for rest areas that would accommodate plenty of trucks as well as caravans that also provided plenty of shade and basic amenities.

"It should be minimum standard for a rest area,” he said.

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