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
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.