Survey says approval of Saskatchewan rest areas is 0%

by Truck News

REGINA, Sask. – According to a recent survey by the Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA), no one feels current rest areas in the province are in great or even good condition.

The STA is continuing to push for improved stopping infrastructure in a province it says is in need of additional rest areas for commercial drivers, particularly with an electronic logging device mandate on the horizon.

“Stopping infrastructure is critical for the safety of not only commercial traffic but the general commuter traffic as well,” said Jordan Ewart, policy analyst for the STA. “Truck drivers are required to comply with hours-of-service regulations, and having appropriate infrastructure to pull over and rest or secure their load are steps our province needs to take to increase safety.”

The survey also revealed that 86.6% of respondents believe stopping infrastructure in Saskatchewan is in poor condition. And an equal number say they have been “inconvenienced” by the lack of suitable parking along the province’s highway network and had to change their overnight stopping plans as a result.

The STA says rest areas significantly factor into a driver’s quality of life, and that carriers in Saskatchewan feel their needs are often overlooked.

Ewart said some of the key areas most in need of an improved rest stop network for drivers are those close to the Manitoba and Alberta borders.

“The goal is to look at the existing infrastructure in Saskatchewan used as pullouts and find ways to enhance those first,” he said.

Hwy 7 near the Rosetown/Kindersley region is one area lacking adequate rest stops. Another is on Hwy 1 near Moosomin, as well as the stretch around Maple Creek.

The STA is actively engaged in lobbying for improved rest areas with the province, and is part of a working committee with the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure with the goal of identifying gaps on Saskatchewan’s highway network.
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  • Yes .for safety we need pullouts for 5-10 truck and trailers every 70 kms as place for car, motor homes and trucks as nobody knows exactly when fatigue will hit and this way tired drivers can take a break as soon as possible.

    • There needs to be more rest areas in all of Canada period!! As Lawrence stated ; when driving you don’t know when fatigue will come over you. But across the prairies is brutal, straight boring stretches often with the sun in your face with only a narrow emergency lane to dangerously park in!!

  • My take on this matter is that every level of government needs to address the lack of infrastructure. If they Legislate laws and bylaws, then in turn they should be required to provide some sort of adequate provision to comply with enforcement. It’s not up to the private sector such as Truck Stops.

  • Where are there any rest areas in Saskatchewan for Truckers? You are talking about stops in Manitoba and Alberta. The rest areas that were in Sask all said no trucks. And yes I live and drive in Saskatchewan. If we need a pit stop we have to find a truck stop or go between the tires. Come on Saskatchewan its 2020. Quit treating us like animals

  • The problem is…the people who make the decisions, have absolutely NO use for a rest stop on ANY highway, it does not benefit them, and they are not friends with people who would benefit from rest ares..

  • Take a cue from how they setup rest areas south of the border . Large rest areas with parking on one side for trucks and other side for passanger vehicles . Put in proper bathroom facilities that are maintained properly and clean . Canadian rest areas are a joke with lack of parking and basicly a porta potty that gets cleaned maybe once a month.

  • This is a great idea , should of been done years ago ..
    Also think that EVERYONE. Should have to do drivers test every 5 years when you renew your licence , a lot more attention would be paid to sloppy driving habits that cause millions of $$ in damages and death