Highway stop point removed
The decision to fence off a section of the Warrego Hwy has left truck drivers cross-legged in fury.
Ian Rickuss, State MP for Lockyer, said he was “fuming” truckies have been banned from using an informal parking bay along the Warrego Hwy near Gatton.
Mr Rickuss has taken up the fight to get answers after a fence appeared on the side of the highway stopping trucks from being able to stop across from the Gatton McDonald’s and service station.
When he wrote to the Department of Transport and Main Roads for an explanation why the barrier was installed they said it was “illegal” for trucks to stop in the informal parking bay on the west-bound side of the road.
A Department of Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said they had a “no standing” sign in place for some time at the area and had received a “number of public complaints”.
“We have had a number of public complaints about vehicles stopping at this location because they are a hazard when they try to merge back onto the highway,” the spokesperson said.
“There is a dedicated U-turn facility at Moroney Rd for those drivers to safely resume their journey westbound towards Toowoomba.”