Rest Areas Desperately Needed In Canberra

Posted: 14th Oct

There are no suitable heavy vehicle rest areas in the Australian Capital Territory and the road transport industry is crying out for facilities essential to supporting improved road safety and professional driver fatigue management.  That’s the message from NatRoad’s Canberra Rest Area Survey 2019 conducted in July and August this year.

Key findings from the survey released today are:

  • The overwhelming majority of professional drivers currently park on the roadside when taking their rest breaks.
  • The Monaro Highway around an industrial area is the most desired place for a major heavy vehicle rest area.
  • The facilities sought by a majority of participants wanted at any new heavy vehicle rest area are:
    • Parking away from traffic, vehicle light, & light vehicle parking;
    • Fresh drinking water;
    • Rubbish bins;
    • Toilets;
    • Showers; and
    • Shade.
  • Healthy food options from independent cafes/take away, or food vans, was favoured over a major food chain.

The survey followed a request from Transport Canberra & City Services (TCCS) for NatRoad’s input into actions identified in the ACT Government’s Building An Integrated Transport Network – Freight, being a needs assessment of coupling/decoupling along with overnight rest areas for heavy vehicles.  The Rest Area Survey results will be considered in planning currently underway for upgrades to the Monaro Highway and Pialligo Avenue.  NatRoad welcomed the TCCS approach as a positive step to getting more and better heavy vehicle rest areas built.

For the full survey report go to:  Canberra Rest Area Survey 2019 Report