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November 2017


The Belmont family with Mr Whiting

The Belmont family with Mr Whiting

More than 1000 RVs put under microscope

Milestone for pioneering caravan safety checks

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QUEENSLAND'S pioneering scheme in which caravans and other RVs undergo voluntary safety checks has reached a new milestone.

More than 110 caravans recently rolled through Brisbane Showgrounds, with Caravanning Queensland and the Transport and Main Roads Department weighing in their 1000th caravan since the initiative's inception in 2015.

The aim is to inform and educate RV owners about loading their vehicles correctly to ensure they are not at risk of being overweight, ensuring that all gas installations are compliant and safe and reminding owners of safety standards when towing.

Caravanning Queensland chief executive Ron Chapman said the scheme had now handled 1049 vehicles in Queensland.

"The Belmont family was our 1000th check and members were presented with a certificate by Murrumba MP Chris Whiting, who was representating the Minister for Transport and Main Roads," he said.

Mr Chapman: unique initiative

Mr Chapman: unique initiative

Safety check days have been held in Toowoomba, Maryborough, Bundaberg, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Townsville, Longreach and Mackay.

More are planned for the Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton and Gladstone.

“This is an initiative that was unique to Queensland," Mr Chapman said.

"The events book out well in advance thanks to the qualified inspectors who focus on educating owners on any breaches, rather than issuing fines on the day.

"There are also service providers who can perform upgrades or fix some concerns on the spot.

“Overweight caravans can be dangerous for everyone on the road and we are committed to ensuring that caravanners in Queensland are aware of their weight limitations, know how to properly load their vehicles and can safely enjoy their holidays," he added.

Caravan Industry Association of Australia chief executive Stuart Lamont, Mr Whiting and representatives from the Caravan, Camping and Touring Industry and Manufactured Housing Industry Association of NSW and New South Wales Police Service attended the Brisbane event as observers.


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