Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Readers Show They Support Our Truckies

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Readers Show They Support Our Truckies

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Byline: Meghan Harris


Johno Neilsen: Let's make truckies legally have to stop for 15 minutes but not let them actually stop anywhere. What a joke.

Christine Walker: I wondered how long it would take when I saw the fence being erected. Stupid really, it's the only place they have to pull up that's relatively safe.

Karen Neumann: I have travelled to work on that road for 20 years and it's never been a problem.

Brendan Harding: Absolutely ridiculous. Guaranteed another decision made without any consultation with those it may affect.

Anne Henley: Oh that's just not on. Not fair.

Weston English: Instead of stopping the practice, recognise the need. Pave the area and paint on a zebra crossing. Easy for west bound traffic to merge to centre lane while trucks are re-entering the road.

Theresa Young: If you want trucks to use the area a kilometre down the road provide some sort of facilities for them to use.

Yvonne Vollbrecht: So 1km up the road, they still have to merge back into traffic but with no amenities, food availability?

THE Chronicle readers have thrown their support behind truck drivers after the news truckies have been banned from using an informal parking bay along the Warrego Hwy in Gatton.

A fence has appeared on the side of the highway opposite Gatton McDonalds, stopping truck drivers heading west bound using the bay, and also the toilets at McDonalds.

Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss is fighting for answers after speaking to truckies who felt they had been unfairly treated.

He wrote to the Department of Transport and Main Roads for an explanation as to why the barrier was installed.

In response, a spokesperson said it was illegal to park there and trucks were a hazard when they then tried to merge back onto the highway.

"There is a dedicated right turn lane into the BP McDonald's facility for westbound traffic which will accommodate all vehicles up to and including B-Double trucks. …

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