help truckies and caravanners
to 'coexist' at rest areas and on the road
Partnership to address growing
Funding to help truckies and caravanners 'coexist'
on road and at rest areas
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AUSTRALIA's peak caravanning body has welcomed moves to get a better
understanding between truckies and caravanners.
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NVHR) has granted financial support for
an education and awareness campaign to help truckies and travellers in
recreational vehicles "coexist" on the road and at rest areas.
Caravan Industry Association of Australia chief executive Stuart Lamont
said the initiative was one of 12 programs approved for a share of $3.9
million funding by the NHVR, supported by the Federal Government.
A partnership education program would address growing "conflicts" between
RV users and heavy vehicle drivers, he said.
"The campaign will inform RV travellers about the appropriate use of rest
stop sites and the risks associated with disruptive behaviour to help
foster a safer environment for all road users and, specifically, to better
enable heavy vehicle drivers to meet Fatigue Management Standards."
Mr Lamont commended Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Darren Chester for his commitment to road safety and for understanding the
need to increase safety initiatives for all road users.
Mr Chester said the 'Coexist' campaign would cover the importance of all
drivers abiding by signage to ensure trucks could access designated rest
stops to allow for breaks and fatigue management.
"The Federal Government is investing money in valuable road safety
initiatives that have been called for by industry and are targeted to
where they can make a real difference," he explained.
NHVR chief executive Sal Petroccitto welcomed the partnership with the
Caravan Industry Association of Australia.
"We donít pretend to have all the answers, which is why we asked groups to
harness their existing knowledge and deliver heavy vehicle safety
outcomes," he said.
"We sought proposals for programs that can be delivered nationally to
enhance safety across the heavy vehicle industry and therefore the safety
of all road users."
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