Sharing rest stops

Improving the relationship between truckies and caravanners.

A new campaign has been launched by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA) and National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to improve the relationship between caravanners and truck drivers.

The Co-exist campaign, a road safety initiative backed by the Federal Government, was created after research from the CIAA showed a quarter of caravan and recreational vehicles stayed overnight in truck rest stop areas.

The analysis looked at the driving habits of 554 caravaners who used a rest stop in the past 12 months. Results indicated 60% used a rest stop multiple times and more than a quarter spent nine hours at the stop, despite it designed for truck drivers.

Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the research emphasised the need for the safety campaign.

“It highlights the importance of ensuring our truck drivers can manage their fatigue and legal responsibilities, with a particular focus on truck rest stops and improved communication,” Minister McCormack said.

“These are two major groups that use Australian highways, so information about sharing roads and rest facilities respectfully is critical to keeping everyone safe.”

CIAA CEO Stuart Lamont said all road users shared the responsibility of road safety.

“When stopping for the night make sure you’re aware that truck drivers may need to use the dedicated stops to manage their fatigue hours, so plan your stops and use the appropriate areas to park and not use designated truck parking,” Mr Lamont said.

RACQ Manager Motoring Advice Joel Tucker said caravanners should look for caravan parks when planning to stop overnight.

“You need to follow the rules at any rest stops and plan ahead, so you know where you will be setting up camp,” Mr Tucker said.

“If it’s a heavy vehicle rest area, look around and see if there is a better place to stop and leave it for the truckies.

“You don’t want to interfere with their ability to do their job safely.”