Truckies urged to check
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
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.