Truck stop clean-up campaign gains momentum

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Since launching a campaign last year to help clean truck stops and truck stops for truckers, WA Labor Senator Glenn Sterle says efforts have resulted in improved conditions at 60 sites – and it’s not over.

The former trucker launched the campaign in August 2021. Pandemonium caused by the Covid pandemic has resulted in truckers being locked out of truck stops and denied access to toilets and showers.

Although access to the facilities has been restored at this point, Sterle said, “It’s time they got cleaned up.”

Sterle receives daily photos and messages from truckers about poor conditions at truck stops — and he liaises with the gas stations in question to help resolve those issues.

“I am proud to report that since my campaign began last year to clean up truck stops and service stations for truck drivers, we have successfully addressed issues and improved conditions for truckers on more than 60 sites across the country,” Sterle mentioned.

“I want to sincerely thank all of the drivers who have worked with me to raise these issues, and the service station managers and operators for their cooperation in addressing them.”

He added that BP was actively working with his office to respond to complaints about their sites.

In WA, updates include the BP truck stop on Abernethy Road in Kewdale, where issues raised over food quality led to the hiring of a new cook; BP’s Capricorn site had blocked toilets and broken showers repaired; the BP truck stop in Kalgoorlie has started operating 24/7, with staff shortages for cooks currently being addressed.

BP is also working on improving parking permit systems, replacing showers and updating equipment at stops in Victoria (including Epping, Fitzgerald Road and Truganina) and NSW (Beresfield, Muswellbrook and Eastern Creek) .

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