Development of national guidelines for the provision of rest area facilities

Rest areas are required in rural areas to enable drivers of heavy vehicles to take rest breaks between periods of work (including driving) and to check their loads. There is anecdotal evidence suggesting that existing rest areas are not adequate for the needs of drivers of heavy vehicles. Issues relating to rest areas were raised in submissions to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Inquiry into Fatigue in Transport. Consistency is required in location, frequency, facilities and signage. To achieve consistency guidelines need to be developed that take into account distances, traffic densities and driver needs. To address this issue the NRTC implemented a project to examine current road agency guidelines and practices on provision of rest areas and propose modifications necessary to cater for the needs of drivers of heavy vehicles in non-urban areas. The output of the project is to develop a national set of guidelines, with sufficient flexibility for applications in diverse environments.

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    • Revised version of report published in November 2005
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    National Transport Commission (NTC)

    Melbourne, Victoria   


    Melbourne, Victoria  Australia 
  • Publication Date: 2004-1


  • English

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  • Pagination: 61p

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  • Accession Number: 01389047
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 1877093521
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2012 2:41AM