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TCA releases second instalment of rest area information

Transport Certification Australia (TCA) has commenced the release of digitised informal rest area information through the Traveller Information Exchange (TIX).

The second instalment of consolidated heavy vehicle rest area information is the first time that information about informal rest areas – identified by green reflectors – has been digitised.

“Over the last 12 months TCA has worked with Road and Transport Safety Advocate, Rod Hannifey, to digitally record location and amenity information
of informal rest areas,” said TCA CEO, Chris Koniditsiotis.

“By using in-cab navigation devices which reference information provided through TIX, drivers will have advance knowledge of informal rest area locations and amenities during their trip.

“As the outgoing Chief Executive Officer of TCA, I am particularly pleased that Rod Hannifey’s work on green reflectors (which he has personally championed for nearly two decades) has progressed into the digital
realm,” he said.

Rod Hannifey has been promoting the use of green reflectors as a cheap and effective measure to identify informal rest areas. The opportunity to digitally record the location of informal rest areas led TCA to work with Hannifey on this initiative.

“I welcome TCA’s support and enthusiasm for making truck rest area information more available and accessible than ever before, and including green reflector marking of informal bays as well,” said Hannifey.

“We need not only more rest areas, but the ability to know where they are in advance, to help us manage our fatigue.

“When you get tired and need a site, you need to know when rest areas are available. If we save one driver from a fatigue event, this will be yet another step-in helping drivers be safe on the road,” he said.

The 2018 fatigueHACK hosted by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) in April 2018 kick-started a conversation about rest area information through in-cab devices.

“During our fatigue hackathon, industry members raised a number of concerns and the need for practical solutions,” said ATA CEO, Ben Maguire.

“We’re thrilled TCA took notice and really ran with it, working with industry to provide truck drivers and operators free access to rest area location and amenity information.

“Heavy vehicle rest areas will be a key issue for discussion at our Trucking Australia conference in Perth this

I’m really excited TCA will be part of this positive conversation and bring some new thinking to the table,” he said.

The digitisation of informal rest area information complements the installation of green reflector markings near informal truck bays along the Newell Highway Newell Highway, which was progressed with Hannifey during Round 2 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program ministered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) on behalf of the Commonwealth Government. It also coincides with the recent release of the Austroads Guidelines for the Provision of Heavy Vehicle Rest Area Facilities, which includes guidelines on the use of green reflectors to identify informal rest areas.

(Image: Transport Certification Australia CEO, Chris Koniditsiotis.)

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