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TimesLIVE examines the issue of whether picnic stops on the sides of national freeways are legal stopping points for trucks and whether drivers can rest at the sites overnight?

If not, then where can they sleep on their long-haul drives? According to the Road Freight Association (RFA), truckers must adhere to the many parking restrictions placed on them — and all other road users — by the National Road Traffic Act. These pertain to the width of road and distance to the nearest intersection or bridge. There are also prohibitions by local authorities, municipalities, provinces and/or the SA National Roads Agency. Assuming the drivers adhere to the regulations, commercial vehicles may park off the road at any place. However, this certainly doesn’t mean truck drivers should ideally pull over and take a nap at a picnic stop. While this may not be illegal, it could be very unsafe. For this reason, Ryan Gaines, CEO of logistics company City Logistics, said when the company’s truck drivers wanted to sleep — be it a power nap or a more lengthy period of rest — they were instructed to only stop at designated truck stops. “The stops charge a fee of R80 to R230, depending on the route. The fee offers the driver and their load added security while the driver rests. Truck stops also provide a place to buy a hot meal, toilets and showers,” he indicated. So while technically truck drivers may sleep on the side of the road if the location adheres to the National Road Traffic Act, in practical terms commercial truck drivers whose safety is considered paramount by their employers are advised to avoid the situation.

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