‘Safety Man’ vis­its Pahiatua School

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON FARMING - By STEVE CARLE´

Pahiatua School re­ceived a visit from a road safety truck known as “Safety Man” spon­sored by the New Zealand Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and other spon­sors.

The truck trailer has two slide­outs which make a class­room sized space com­plete with air con­di­tion­ing and toi­let.

The pur­pose of the pro­gramme is to en­gage with all road users and share tips on how to share the road safely with big trucks.

“We want to raise aware­ness with peo­ple on how to be safe around trucks,” said Dave Boyce of New Zealand Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion. “We also run a healthy truck driver pro­gramme about diet, ex­er­cise, manag­ing sleep, men­tal health and fa­tigue.”

An in­ter­ac­tive vis­ual ex­pe­ri­ence in­side the truck high­lights sit­u­a­tions road users might find them­selves in that can re­sult in ac­ci­dents.

The truck has been on the road since Au­gust last year and has had 17,000 peo­ple through it. It was in Pahiatua on Tues­day and went on to Woodville School the next day.

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