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Federal Govt fails to deliver heavy vehicle rest areas: Labor

Labor party members claim the Federal Government's recent road safety plan fails when it comes to Australia's truck drivers.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Road Safety, Glenn Sterle, and Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Catherine King, have jointly called for regional road safety infrastructure projects that consider heavy vehicle truck rest areas.

Sterle and King's comments are in response to the Deputy Prime Minister's announcement last week regarding $398 million worth of road safety investments.

Truck drivers, according to Sterle and King, require "adequate, well planned and well designed heavy vehicle rest areas" along major freight routes.

Labor in Government has reportedly built and upgraded 7,500km of road and established the first federal program to build extra rest stops throughout Australia.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically highlighted the need and importance of Australia’s essential truck drivers, and they should have a seat at the table when it comes to allocating federal government funds towards road projects that will undoubtedly have an impact on them," said Sterle and King.
"When it comes to regional road safety infrastructure projects, funding for fit for purpose heavy vehicle rest areas must be included.

"Any infrastructure project that looks to improve road conditions and road safety in regional communities must include the consideration of rest areas for heavy vehicles.

"Consultation with truck drivers on the design of these rest areas as well as where they should be located would be a perfect place for the Deputy Prime Minister to start."

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