Truckies can rest well in Queensland

To help tackle driver fatigue, heavy vehicle rest areas on the Carnarvon Highway in south-western Queensland have been upgraded.

Queensland main roads minister Warren Pitt has announced the completion of the installation and upgrading of eight heavy vehicle areas, funded by the Queensland Government’s Safer Roads Sooner program, which uses revenues from speeding and red light camera fines.

“The rest areas, installed and upgraded as part of targeted road safety initiatives during the past two years, help fulfil an $800,000 committed by the State Government to improve safety and provide more rest areas for heavy vehicles operators on the Carnarvon Highway,” Mr Pitt said.

The rest areas will allow heavy vehicle drivers to pull over safely, fill out their log books and rest before continuing their trip.

Mr Pitt said the Carnarvon Highway is a key north-south freight route in the region and it is essential for the Highway to be equipped with sufficient stopping areas.

”Main Road is working towards improving and installing more of these facilities for heavy vehicles where possible, as part of our long-term strategy to address heavy vehicle driver fatigue,” he said.

The new heavy vehicle rest areas are located at:

• the Moonie turnoff, 9km north of St George

• 17km south of Roma

• 14km north of Surat

• 40km south of Surat.

Four heavy vehicles rest areas have been upgraded at:

• 45km north of Roma

• 35km south of Roma

• 48km north of St George

• 27km north of St George.

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