No rest for the travelling truckies

By CRAIG McTEAR

THE NRMA wants more truck stops on the Pacific Highway, and is examining as an option the section between Kempsey and north of Coffs Harbour.

The other stretch identified is the Woodburn to Brunswick Heads section.

More rest areas in general were needed on the North Coast to curb fatigue-related accidents, according to NRMA president Alan Evans.

"Fatigue-related crashes are a serious concern on the Pacific Highway, with drivers often travelling long distances north after leaving Sydney," Mr Evans said.

"The trucking industry has told us that existing truck rest areas are often full, and this leaves drivers with no alternative but to drive on.

"Truckies are also unlikely to detour far from the highway to rest, because they are often moved on from local streets."

Mr Evans said the State and Federal governments should provide more rest areas for truckies at the northern end of the highway.



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