Truck­ies urged to check

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

A new cam­paign launched in the Waikato aims to im­prove the safety of heavy ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling on the re­gion’s roads.

The Give me 5 cam­paign runs over three months un­til De­cem­ber and re­minds truck driv­ers of the need to con­duct reg­u­lar load and main­te­nance checks.

It is the sec­ond mod­ule of the Waikato Re­gional Road Safety Ed­u­ca­tion Group’s heavy mo­tor ve­hi­cle strat­egy and was de­vel­oped in con­junc­tion with National Road Car­ri­ers, the Road Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion, NZ Trans­port Agency and Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit.

The cam­paign en­cour­ages truck driv­ers to carry out a thor­ough in­spec­tion of their ve­hi­cles.

This has been nar­rowed down to a top five check­list, re­sult­ing in the Give me 5 tagline:

Check load se­cu­rity at the start of each trip, 50km-100km down the road and be­tween loads.

Per­form a vis­ual check of tyres for wear and tear, check tyre pres­sure.

Check belts, hose and trailer con­nec­tions.

Check fuel, washer fluid lev­els.

En­sure all lights, in­clud­ing and brake lights, are work­ing.

Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil road safety co­or­di­na­tor Monique Haines said: ‘‘This lat­est cam­paign builds on the work we’ve al­ready been do­ing to en­sure the ve­hi­cle is safe to oper­ate. Ul­ti­mately it could lead to less un­ex­pected break­downs, a re­duc­tion in crashes caused by ve­hi­cle faults and long-term sav­ings for busi­nesses.’’

Steve Wood­ward from National Road Car­ri­ers, fronts the cam­paign and said: ‘‘As an in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tion we ap­plaud and sup­port schemes and in­no­va­tion that pro­mote a safer work environment for our mem­ber­ship, the in­dus­try and the gen­eral pub­lic.

‘‘The Give me 5 cam­paign makes those

oil and wind­screen

in­di­ca­tor

that choose to make a liv­ing in the road trans­port in­dus­try aware of our obli­ga­tions when op­er­at­ing on our national high­ways,’’ Mr Wood­ward said.

Trucks are in­volved in 15 per cent of all the re­gion’s crashes and in 40 per cent of cases the heavy ve­hi­cle rolls over. Truck driv­ers have been found at fault in about half the crashes they’re in­volved in.

The first mod­ule of the heavy ve­hi­cle strat­egy be­gan ear­lier this year with the Keep it 10 be­low cam­paign, en­cour­ag­ing a re­duc­tion of speed on bends. Keep it 10 be­low was also a re­minder to driv­ers of the max­i­mum 90kmh open road speed limit and the need to travel at least 10kmh be­low the ad­ver­tised ad­vi­sory speed on cor­ners.

The Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil leads the ed­u­ca­tion group in con­junc­tion with other re­gional safety stake­hold­ers.

For in­for­ma­tion, visit www.re­ducetherisk.co.nz.

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