New focus on rest stop sharing between trucks, caravans

New education to help encourage coexistence…

The use of rests stops is a contentious one for truck drivers and caravan owners alike and now there’s a new push to help everyone better get along.

A new campaign has been launched by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) that aims to boost education and awareness around the correct use of rest stops.

Announced by Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, the campaign will also target other general issues regarding trucks and caravans on the roads.

One issue that is often a frustration for truck drivers is the use of marked heavy vehicle rest stops by motorists towing caravans.

CEO of the Caravan Industry Association of Australia, Stuart Lamont, tells us issues like this will be addressed.

“The Coexist campaign will cover the importance of all drivers abiding by signage to ensure trucks can access designated rest stops to allow for breaks and managing fatigue,”

“It will specifically focus on helping heavy vehicle drivers to meet Fatigue Management Standards.”

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the campaign will aim to work with the Caravan Industry Association of Australia to get the best possible outcome.

“We don’t pretend to have all the answers, which is why we asked groups to harness their existing knowledge and deliver heavy vehicle safety outcomes,”

Caravan industry expert Rob Fraser from Ozroamer.com.au says the announcement is a good start towards alleviating some ongoing issues.

“This initiative is an excellent start, however part of the reason the problem exists is the continuing loss of free camping sites.

“The local councils and state government should also be part of the initiative to open more free camping sites and let caravan travellers know where they can stay in the respective shires.”

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