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Rest Areas

Rest areas play an important role in helping all drivers manage their fatigue on the road. Roadside rest areas provide opportunities for heavy vehicle drivers to take rest breaks during work periods and to check their loads.

Rest areas are a vital part of the road infrastructure on rural highways but are also important in cities, the main destination point for most freight.

Better rest facilities will complement the benefits of this reform by providing greater opportunities for drivers to manage their fatigue on the road.

National Guidelines for the Provision of Rest Area Facilities

A set of National Guidelines on developing rest areas was developed as part of the Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue reform. These guidelines are targeted at government road agencies. They provide guidance and recommendations to agencies on developing new rest areas and on upgrading existing rest areas on major freight routes.

The guidelines are based on current good practice in Australia and overseas. Their purpose is to encourage consistency in the frequency, location and provision of rest areas on the national road network.

The National Guidelines specifically relate to national highways where the greatest proportion of long distance driving by commercial heavy vehicle drivers takes place. The guidelines have been approved by the Australian Transport Council and are now being incorporated into Austroads standards for adoption by government road agencies.

Other related work by Austroads include:


National Guidelines for the Provision of Rest Areas Facilities - November 2005 (0.91 MB)


Last Updated: 14/3/2018