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July 2019


RVs at Mareeba Christmas in July event 2019

RVs at the Christmas in July event

Cops weigh in as RVs assemble in Mareeba

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COPS and transport officials attended a gathering of nomads to help them take a weight off their minds.

They were on hand at the Mareeba Christmas in July event in Queensland where over 200 caravans, motorhomes and other RVs were parked in Davies Park.

Police, in conjunction with Department of Transport staff, held a free information session and weights check for the travellers.

Mareeba Christmas in July nomadsThey set up a weigh station for the morning on Riordon Street and many nomads took the opportunity to have their vehicles weighed for compliance.

About 100 nomads made their way to the marquee for an information session by local police and compliance officers.

Acting Sergeant Dave Saul from Mareeba Road Policing Unit said he was pleased to see the turnout.

"t was great to see so many turn up and ask questions about their motorhomes and caravans to help increase their safety," he said.

"It was all about education and getting information out to travellers that spend a great portion of their time on our roads."

With a large number of caravans on the nation's roads estimated to be overweight, the session was about sharing information and knowledge with travellers so they could make make informed decisions on facts and keep themselves and other road users safe.

Travellers often do not factor in things such as the weight of bullbars, winches and other accessories, which can change their overall gross combination mass.

This means when water, fuel, food, personal items and clothing are added, they may be exceeding their permissible weight limit.

With Queensland Road Safety Week being held in August, the event was a precursor to educate the travelling community.


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