Upgraded truck spot at Lawes, September 2019.
Upgraded truck spot at Lawes, September 2019. Dominic Elsome

New highway truck pads put drivers at risk

TRUCKIES could be forced to high-tail it to Brisbane due to the time restriction placed at the new truck pads near Gatton.

The truck pads at Lawes, on the Warrego Highway, were upgraded to allow road trains to decouple closer to Brisbane.

A two-hour parking limit is in place at the highway breakdown pads, making the return trip to Brisbane in less than two hours near impossible, according to local truckies.

Both east and west-bound lanes were signposted with the parking limit last week, following the construction upgrades.

Truck driver Terry Dingle says it makes it impossible for drivers to decouple, deliver to Brisbane and return to collect any additional trailers.

Transport and Main Roads officials defended the move, saying the facility was never intended to be used as a rest area anyway.

But Mr Dingle says an extra hour was all that's needed.