Pacific Highway rest stops overcrowded
TRUCK rest stops on the Pacific Highway desperately need upgrading, a Casino-based driver said yesterday.
Graham Thompson has driven for Mills Transport since 1972.
He said rest stops between Maclean and Tweed Heads were often full, forcing drivers to 'keep going'.
“There is a need for bigger rest stops because it's a high accident zone,” Mr Thompson said.
“When the rest stops are full your only option is to keep going and wait for the next one, but that might be full as well.”
Mr Thompson said the growing number of 'grey nomads' on the roads also had an impact.
“Caravans are starting to use these rest areas as well,” he said.
“There has to be places for truckies to stop, especially with all the new rules and regulations on driving hours.”
Between Maclean and Tweed Heads, there are no rest stops designated just for truck drivers.
There are 16 stops which can be used by light and heavy vehicles.
According to the NRMA, only 54 per cent of major rest areas on the Pacific Highway comply with minimum standards.
NRMA Motoring and Services director Wendy Machin said many rest areas were 'not adequate for overnight stays'.
“Clearly, action is required to ensure infrastructure is in place to cope with the anticipated increase in trucks and to keep all motorists safe on the road,” she said.