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

Truckies share their rest stop wish lists

WE ALL know there's a shortage of actual rest stops for truckies all over Australia, but what's not talked about enough is the state of the rest stops we've got.

Truckie Robert Greville brought up the fact that many rest areas didn't have any shade in the heat of the day.

Chris Guascoine wished rest stops were situated at regular intervals along highways in every state, well off the road, and that they included toilet facilities, somewhere to sit with shade, maybe even a shower, regularly filled water tank and was strictly for trucks - with fines imposed to caravanners and others.

"A pipe dream, I know, but we as a nation can afford it,” he said.

Bill Smith reckons the NT has it right.

"Truck bays have no shade, just bins and the odd picnic table,” he said.

"The car/tourist bays have shade and this is done like that to keep the blue hair brigade out of truck bays and ensure we can get a park. The Icepack sorts the heat/shade issue. They're also staggered so two trucks can exit in opposite directions simultaneously without causing an issue and are roughly 50km apart. There are still informal rest stops around too.”

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