Future of Rest Areas

May 5, 2022

Start: 3:45 pm

End: 4:45 pm

Australia has the fifth largest freight task in the world, operating over vast distances. Rest areas and roadhouses are critical to our economy and keeping goods moving. Despite this, our public road infrastructure lacks sufficient rest areas, governments often fail to integrate rest areas into the planning and design of new road projects and not enough is being spent to fix the problem.

In this session, we’ll discuss—
• how industry fought for better rest areas in Tasmania
• work underway to develop proposed gold standard rest areas to reduce health and wellbeing risks for truck drivers
• driver experiences of insufficient rest areas and the need for a national strategy.