The Australian Trucking Association has today welcomed new protocols to that implement the National Cabinet decision to keep truck stops and roadhouses open.
The protocols were released by National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.
“The ATA and our members have been pushing for these facilities remain open so drivers can keep Australia moving,” ATA CEO Ben Maguire said.
“A truck driver’s workplace is our roads and highways, so it’s vital they have the proper facilities like showers, toilets, and comfortable places to have a meal.
“These new guidelines will help businesses play their important role in supporting drivers, and ensuring their health and safety,” he said.
The new protocols outline vital health and safety measures including properly cleaning and sanitising showers and toilets, spacing out seating, minimising interactions between staff and drivers and removing self-serve options.
Mr Maguire thanked the NHVR and the Department for their work in supporting truck drivers during these challenging times.
Yesterday the ATA and Big Rigs national road transport newspaper launched the Keep them Open campaign, aimed at gathering feedback from truck drivers about what they are experiencing on the road and pressing businesses to keep facilities open.
“We want to showcase the truck stops and roadhouses that are doing the right thing – and the ones that aren’t,” Mr Maguire said.
“With the feedback we receive, we will also keep governments and the rest of the industry informed,” he said.